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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 01:40 am

Letters to the Editor

Untitled Document We welcome letters. Please include your full name, address, and telephone number. We edit all letters. Send them to Letters, Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705; fax 217-753-3958; e-mail editor@illinoistimes.com.
MEMORIES OF MACARTHUR Your article on MacArthur Boulevard brought back some good memories because my husband and I each spent a few years of our childhood in the area [R.L. Nave, “Rocky road,” March 6]. My dad used to work [at the dairy mixing plant]. When we moved to Springfield in 1960, I believe there used to be a diner in the front of that building. Years later, I trained at that DQ next door. We were sad to see it close. The McDonald’s on MacArthur is one of the few original restaurants with the single arch. We remember when the sign read “over 2 million sold.” And fries were 15 cents, and hamburgers were 25 cents!
All in all, it was an interesting article. I still catch the bus, and occasionally shop in the stores at Town & Country, while my husband works in the state building on Outer Park; it’s almost like going home again. Sure hope we can get MacArthur alive and kickin’ again.
Wendy Wilson Springfield
OBAMASHOWSHISINTEGRITY The United Church of Christ is back in the news in a way to diminish U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s character and love of country. He had to denounce and reject some words of his pastor [but] my guess is you could hear a similar spirited message in many black churches on nearly any Sunday of the year. Taken out of context and put, in selected snippets, on white America’s TV screen may be more than most can process. Obama’s integrity is seen in his not leaving his faith community nor rejecting his pastor; instead, only stating the true fact that these were not his own views.
For Obama to try to explain these complexities is beyond anything that can be done in such a political and cultural climate. I wish some voices would come forward to set this straight. The Rev. Jim Hibbett Riverton

EVENABLINDPIG . . . George Culley is one of those hate-spewing mongrels that should be kept on a leash [“Letters,”March 13]. The best thing any of us could do is burn his words. I could only agree with 10 words: “Spending $200 million for a $400,000 job is not right.” Dear ol’ George hit that one right on the head. Charles Klyber Springfield
THE ULTIMATESACRIFICE It was good to Illinois Times do a piece on how we can cut global warming by taking beef and pork out of our diet [“Earth Talk,” March 13]. The article could have softened the blow a bit because Americans are much more terrified of going without beef than they are of going to war. Yet, it would have been good to suggest Americans use poultry and fish as an alternative, softening the terror. Some sacrifices are just too hard for Americans to take. Anne Logue Springfield
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