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Letters to the Editor 08/19/10

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The Who appeared at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Aug. 9, 1968.
PHOTO BY JIM SUMMARIA

WHO’S THE BACKUP?
Today’s IT mentions The Who was at the State Fair in 1968 [see “The Grandstand: 50 years of entertainment at the Illinois State Fair,” Aug. 12]. They were actually the backup band for The Association. I remember being there. We paid $1 for a ticket, stood next to the fence for hours till the gates opened, then ran for the front row seats. Standing next to the speakers for The Who was quite an experience. “Cherish,” by the Association, was my favorite song at the time. Is my memory correct about the State Fair lineup???

Karen A. Witter
Springfield


Editor’s note: The Who was indeed the supporting band for The Association when they both played what was apparently called the “Illinois State Fairgrounds Cavalcade of Music Stage” in 1968, according to The Who’s website, TheWho.com.


CANNABIS, GOD’S CREATION
As someone who has seen the benefits of medical cannabis personally, it is unconscionable for the lawmakers in Illinois to withhold vital treatment to patients. After open heart surgery with lots of complications, one of which left me blind, I was seen by several eye specialists and was told there were no manufactured drugs to expand the blood vessels in the eyes. That sometimes you just have to trust in God. As it turns out, cannabis, created by God, does exactly this, among other benefits.

Even by the Drug Enforcement Administration has said, “the evidence in this record [a 9/6/88 ruling] clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.”

Notice the word substance and not drug. I am still partially blind and suffer from chronic arthritis pains. I would like to see this whole ruling published and more of a positive spin to get this “law” struck down. Whether you agree or not, if you would do some research you would find that the state police, AMA, Nurses Assoc., AARP and numerous others are supporting a change.

Victor Polz
Malta, Ill.



SPRINGFIELD ISSUE?
When does a local issue, hours from Springfield, become a Springfield issue? Perhaps when a bit of corruption hours from Springfield illustrates breaking the oath of office. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica), state representative of the 89th district, wrote a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers seeking a waiver of the IEPA’s 401 permit for a proposed mega-dairy in Jo Daviess County. This permit carries public input and even a public hearing, because it can affect the public. The mega-dairy has not paid for the permit nor completed the application. Sacia attempted to have a federal agency disregard the laws of the state. When a lawmaker no longer upholds the law, does it become a Springfield issue?

Ken Turner
Warren, Ill.



MURDERERS GO FREE

Regarding “Closed murder case still raises questions,” by Patrick Yeagle, Aug. 12: I remember when this all happened. I don’t understand why [John] Rockwood was never charged either. He helped do the crime; he should also have to do the time. I would say it doesn’t matter how much info he gave the cops, he was just as guilty. I think something should still be done against him. H.P. Page doesn’t get to spend life on this earth anymore, why should Rockwood be able to run free?

This is the same situation my sister and brother-in-law are going through. My nephew was murdered last October. Two are still in the county jail, their trial postponed every time they go to court. One person posted bond around Thanksgiving. And we know there were more involved, but of course they are out walking free. It’s like the system is out for the murderers and not for the families of the ones who were murdered.

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