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Letters to the Editor 8/20/09

Police funding, health care reform and racism

How in the world can Mayor Davlin threaten to cut police funding when we need them more than ever? A town these days cannot function without a strong police presence.

A few years back, I attended the Citizens Police Academy and they talked about gangs in Springfield. If you think they don’t exist here, you are living in a bubble. I also rode in two different police cars, one on the east side and one on the west side. I will let you guess which was a boring ride and which had activity in less than 10 minutes of being in the car. That’s not to say there isn’t criminal behavior on the other side of town, perhaps just not gang-related. I for one want to continue to live in a peaceful and safe society. There are always other budget items that can be cut besides our law enforcement.

Julie Becker

The recent protests opposing health care reform at town hall meetings have drawn one primary criticism from most media outlets: they’re not organic uprisings. The pundits are questioning the authenticity of the outrage as though organization is the enemy of activism. Whether the discontent is broiled in a backyard barbecue or sparked by trading ideas on the Internet, where operatives of well-funded PACs give out marching orders, avoids addressing their dissent. And that may be for good reason.

The left is often criticized as being too intellectual and out of touch, but these conservative arguments are rather highbrow. With each cry of the pejorative “socialism!” they’re arguing against what they see as sweeping change to the philosophical direction of American governance. But there’s no practical substance to their argument – no opposing policy proposals
or focused criticism. It’s doomsday democracy with strident preachers.

Save the philosophical arguments for the coffee shop. Let’s give voice in our town halls to struggling families, the jobless and the business owners who all have today’s most pressing concerns of health and well-being in mind.

To the doomsday prophets, answer this: How is a government-run option further from the ideals of the American free market than an oligopoly of insurance companies and connected providers establishing prices and reaping profits? When is the last time you heard of a “mom and pop” insurance company?

Daymon Kiliman

The noose incident and its aftermath is typical City of Springfield behavior. It is way too political of a town, where a select group thinks they can do whatever they want, whenever they want. My hope is the SOB who did this gets fired, though that is highly unlikely.

Christopher Kunz

Regarding “CWLP’s culture of hostility,” by R. L. Nave, Aug. 13: Mayor Tim Davlin buried this issue so he could protect his family and his political cronies at the expense of the African American community. He offered up Bradley Barber as a sacrificial lamb, hoping the mob would be happy with that while his political buddies slip out the back door. For weeks and weeks now the matter has “been under investigation;” however, it only took a matter of minutes to “investigate” Barber. What’s the difference? If I had to guess: political and family connections.

Where’s the outrage? Where is the NAACP now that Illinois Times broke the story on the real indentity of these individuals?

John Keyes

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