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Letters to the Editor 7/15/10

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PREVENTION EDUCATION

This is an excellent article [“Gaining on drunk drivers,” by Jolonda Young, July 8]. However, there is a key piece that is missing – alcohol prevention education. Tougher laws, stricter enforcement, etc. are all deterrents to keep drunk drivers off our roads but without proper education and awareness the impact may not be at its fullest.

I’d encourage involving substance abuse prevention organizations like Prevention First to team up with cops, lawmakers and victims (families) so more people are educated about the dangers of teen drinking and drunk driving.

Let’s educate parents and teens about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Let’s ask lawmakers not only to pass stricter laws but also to support prevention programs. And let’s develop a stronger partnership between law enforcement and prevention education groups so not only cops enforce the law but they can also help educate repeat offenders with the help of substance abuse professionals.

Manjula Rigg
Springfield



NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION

I see that an organization called the “Need Him Ministry” is trying to convince us with a full-page newspaper ad quoting five American presidents that America was founded as a Christian nation. They neglect to mention that Thomas Jefferson said, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there would be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” Or, “I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.” Or, “I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.” Or that Thomas Paine said, “My mind is my own church.” Or, “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

Besides, it is irrelevant. We are not a Christian nation, we are a nation of Muslims, Hindus, Presbyterians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Methodists, Jews, Baha’is, Catholics, Wiccans, Pagans, Unitarian Universalists, Lutherans, Agnostics, Atheists, Cubs fans (that too requires a leap of faith) and a multitude of souls who deserve to be counted in this conversation.

Let’s keep religion in the church, the home and the family where it belongs and out of government and schools where it doesn’t.

William T. Panichi
Springfield



MAKE WIND FARM GREEN

In your article about wind farms [see “Cashing in on wind,” by Patrick Yeagle, July 1], I could not help noticing in the pictures of the towers the area around the base of the tower is completely denuded. I cannot tell if it is gravel or concrete. If each installation takes one quarter acre, then the proposed wind farm in Sangamon County would result in the desertification of 50 acres. Is this really necessary? Seems like it could be grass or some other green growing material.

Mike Dappert
Winchester


TOY STORY

I have to disagree with your reviewer about Toy Story 3 [see Story of a used toy store,” June 24], with regard to this statement: “The toys find themselves at the mercy of a bevy of violent children and set out to escape in order to return to Andy’s. This is virtually the same premise as Toy Story 2 only told through a darker lens.”

It’s not entirely true. Toy Story 2 was more about rescuing a lost member of the toys and focuses around the rescue itself. Whereas this one is the Toys saving themselves as a team. I understand how you say they are similar, but sequels generally are. Terminator 1 and Terminator 2 were both about robots traveling back in time to eliminate someone. This should not discredit the movie itself as there are things the writers can do to create a more original feel. This movie has things the other two didn’t. Namely more emotional scenes that are really supposed to connect with audiences of all ages. Scenes like the incinerator scene and when Andy donates his toys are nonexistent in the first two installments.
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