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Letters 2-26-04

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POT. KETTLE. BLACK.

It's ironic Don Hickman became a broadcasting critic [Bud Bartlett, "Anchor away," Feb. 19]. He wasn't tolerant of any [criticism] when he was broadcasting.

F.N. Ross
Rochester

WHEN HUMANS ARE IN CHARGE OF MICE

We want to apologize to any publication that received angry calls regarding tickets to the Otis Taylor show as well as Recycled Records, which served as an outlet for ticket purchases. The phone number of Music in Communities & Education (MICE) is provided so that people will call us to complain. MICE sponsors the show and sets the prices. Neither local publications nor the ticket outlet are to blame. Mistakes occur from time to time especially when human beings are involved. We truly feel bad that the misguided did not contact MICE. Tickets for all three shows we are sponsoring at this time have been on sale since December. All we were attempting to do was keep the ticket prices reasonable ($10 for MICE members, $15 for all others).

We would like to thank all the wonderful people who supported the show. These people had the chance to enjoy a true blues legend in a small intimate setting. Thanks also to our sponsors and members for their continuing support of American roots music in the Springfield area.

Lisa A. Rusher, President
Lawrence P. Roerig, Secretary/Treasurer
Music in Communities & Education
Springfield

THANK A SCHOOL NURSE

Most parents think there is a school nurse in every school, but that is not always the case. Some schools have one nurse for up to 1,000 students or more. Because of budget cuts, some school nurse jobs have been eliminated causing the safety and health education of our children and grandchildren to be compromised.

Most parents believe that nutrition, exercise, age-appropriate sex education, alcohol and drug abuse prevention should be taught in schools. But the nurses don't always have time for that due to prioritizing the students' multiple health needs.

I would like to say thank you to the school nurses for what they do to keep our children and grandchildren safe. They are valued for their specialized knowledge, skill and caring for the health of the children and ensuring safe, effective, quality care.

Thank you too for your contributions to our nursing profession.

P. Joan Larsen RN
Decatur

NO TO NADER

Four years ago on these pages, I wrote extensively urging the Green Party not to support Ralph Nader for president. Now I again urge the local and Illinois Green Party to reject Nader's independent run for president. The Illinois Green Party 2004 State Nominating Convention will be held at UIS this weekend. This would be an appropriate time to express this view which is supported by a plurality of those expressing their views on the Illinois Green Party Web site (www.ilgreenparty.org).

Alex Casella
Springfield

COME AGAIN?

President Bush's leadership has improved education in America. His No Child Left Behind Act helps our children learn and puts parents back in the driver's seat when it comes to their children's education. The No Child Left Behind Act sets high standards for student performance and provides the resources needed to meet them. Under President Bush's leadership federal funding for education has increased 59.8 percent from 2000 to 2004. A large portion of that money goes toward helping high-poverty schools. The funds also go toward efforts to retain high-quality teachers. Local control is another crucial aspect of education reform. The No Child Left Behind Act trusts parents and local school officials to direct resources where they will do the most good for their students. The law gives parents the right to transfer their kids out of failing or unsafe schools and into better schools. This is just one more example of how our President is providing the courageous leadership America needs.

Timothy M. Wolford
Decatur

President Bush's leadership has improved education in America. His No Child Left Behind Act helps kids learn and puts parents back in the driver's seat when it comes to their children's education. This issue is just one more example of how our President is providing the courageous leadership America needs.

Doug Turner
Springfield

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