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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 06:30 am

Letters to the Editor

The shredder at Illinois Times chewed up 6,500 pounds of paper on Saturday, saving about 55 trees.

Shred Day

Thank you, Illinois Times, for the opportunity to bring attention to protecting one’s identity to the community of Springfield. It was a wonderful experience explaining the process of Cintas Document Management with the folks who attended the Shred Day last Saturday.

We estimate that we shredded around 6,500 pounds of paper on Saturday. Since all of the paper is 100 percent recycled, this equates to saving approximately 55 trees, 22,750 gallons of water and 10 cubic yards of landfill space. Thanks, and I look forward to working with you again.

Keith Jones, general manager
Cintas Document Management


Do it again. Rah! Rah! I mean the free Shred Day you offered in cooperation with the Cintas company in the Illinois Times parking lot last Saturday.

My wife and I started to clean up some of the vital, highly valuable memorabilia accumulated over life’s decades, only to realize as the years vanish the value begins to diminish as well. We appreciated the opportunity to rid ourselves of those boxes in the basement — about eight of them — in the Cintas shredder.

Thank you and Cintas for making it so easy, and free. I say do it again, rah. But wait a few weeks to give us a chance to empty out another corner of our basement.

James M. Henneberry

Restore Clayville

It is about time! Good for the mayor and village residents of Pleasant Plains who are stepping up to take over and hopefully restore such a historical part of the village [See “Pleasant Plains group wants to rescue Clayville,” by Amanda Robert, IT, May 7].

As a former resident of Pleasant Plains, I would drive by Clayville every day, fondly remembering that when attending preschool in Springfield 23 years ago our “big” class trip that year was to go to Clayville and see what a great piece of history we had so close to home.

But that icon of history has obviously changed a great deal since then. How someone like Dave Bourland can buy and own a piece of property that plays such a vital part of the history of the place where you live — to purchase the property and then watch it crumble away year after year and have not the slightest concern enough to do something about it is appalling to me! That Bourland purchased the property in the first place and then did nothing with it, in my opinion, was a ridiculous waste.

Hopefully the village committee can officially become a historical society and start the recovery process sooner rather than later. Kudos to the people who care enough to do something about this now, instead of before it became such a huge project that the costs would have outweighed the benefits of restoring the property.

Jennifer Young

Immigration reform

On May 12 last year Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa. Seventy-five percent of the workers were undocumented; and because of their vulnerable circumstances they were exploited, underpaid and some even sexually abused.

Families were separated, the community was in disarray as one third of the community left hastily overnight, and the plant closed since it was unable to replace the detained workers.

A year later, individuals there (as elsewhere in the U.S.) live in fear. Many workers were tried hastily and inequitably; and those who continue to await trial are costing the town of Postville almost $80,000 a month to support them.

This raid, as many others across the nation, calls desperately for comprehensive immigration reform. Such reform would have kept families and the Postville community intact by insuring that workers could remain employed and continue to pay taxes, and offered protection to report unfair labor practices.

Some individuals and hate groups may point to the myths that keep communities fearful of migrants. Many of us cannot unequivocally state that our ancestors came to this country legally. And some others who point with pride to centuries of family history in the U.S. will never know the real reasons for their ancestors’ immigration to this land.

Perhaps this is an issue for which the most reasonable answers are the most compassionate ones as well.

Diane Lopez Hughes
Pax Christi Springfield/USA

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