Letters to the Editor 11/12/2009
NOT KICK’N F5
Hats off to our friends in F5, Best of Springfield 2009’s Best Cover Band, for this great recognition! No doubt the F5 gang knows how to entertain! What everyone commenting and reading these comments [see “Best of Springfield 2009,” online comment thread, Oct. 29] needs to keep in mind is that the IT’s “Best of Springfield” is voted by the IT readers and that “Best Cover Band” crosses many genres. Still Kick’n can’t cover Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, etc., nor do we intend to. What this recognition does say is that we are recognized by the readers as one of the best cover bands in the area and to be the only country band says a lot in my book!
A special thanks to our friends and fans for taking time to vote for us. This is a great honor to be listed with other great local bands. We hope to see everyone at our next show!
Band manager, Still Kick’n
HOW HISTORY IS TAUGHT
Regarding James Krohe’s column [see “Remember to not forget,” Oct. 29], where do you draw the line between history’s positive contribution to a better future, and history’s tendency to perpetuate marginalization?
The root of the issue lies in how history is taught in school. In my case, it was an exercise of learning names and dates of Western Europeans and their conquests of new territories occupied by hostile savages. We were taught who the slaves were, and today, even decades after the human genome has been mapped and well understood (by some at least), we are still inundated by the media with words such as “race,” “black,” “white,” “Hispanic,” “Asian,” etc.
I will be accused of being “politically correct” because I don’t like to generalize people based on their physical appearance or their ancestors’ arbitrary social status. I like to judge people by the words they use, like the phrase “politically correct,” which indicates someone who can’t see beyond the bigoted generalized description of other people.
HARE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW
This past week, I received a flier in the mail from Congressman Phil Hare. Congressman Hare was claiming that he had created or “saved” 7,000 jobs in our district. This is a complete fabrication.
How could Congressman Hare have created or “saved” 7,000 jobs when the unemployment rate is higher than it ever has been? Doesn’t that mean that we have lost more jobs than we have gained? Phil Hare supports job destructive policies such as “cap and trade,” higher taxes, and toxic spending in the form of earmarks.
Furthermore it has already been proven that there is no standard to measure “jobs saved.”
We have a candidate who is running against Phil Hare and his name is Bobby Schilling. Mr. Schilling knows how to create jobs, not kill them with higher taxes. He is also a working man who has more than 13 years of union experience.
LIES THAT FEED OUR FEARS
As the health care bill proceeds through Congress for passage with contention and challenge, it has become clear through readily available information that the Congress has no pressing reasons for passing (or not passing) the health care legislation other than garnering votes for upcoming elections.
As reported in Illinois Times [see “Health care hypocrites,” by Jim Hightower, Nov. 15], members of Congress pay approximately $500 per year for health care, and, along with their recent cost of living increase, can easily continue to live well, while the voters suffer for every dime and are denied proper health care. There are enough fingers pointing everywhere, but where they should be directed is at the voters who continue to re-elect these so-called “representatives” who represent only their own interests while telling the voters they are on their side and understand their plight. The very few who may be doing what they were elected to do are not heard as loudly as the long termers who actually control the Congress.
It is long past time for people to read between the lines and ignore the great sound bites, wonderful punchlines and, worse, the lies that feed our fears. The elected officials hope to scare you into keeping them in office by lying to us on a daily basis (we also get the same treatment from big business lobbyists, who in our name claim to represent us).
We can have all of the independent groups rising up against this type of government but they will be ineffective unless we start hearing and seeing with more cynicism than we have up until now.