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Just read the story on Renatta Frazier [Dusty Rhodes, "Redemption story," April 22]. I fully sympathize with her and her family, but why waste money on those diamonds? From what I see, the family needs a nice home and perhaps a college fund for the five kids. How wasteful! I cannot believe she even mentioned the rings. I would be ashamed to say that I squandered money on such frivolous bling bling!

Martina Williams


Carol Manley's article is a bunch of blather ["The lost promise of 'Take Our Daughters to Work Day,' " April 22]. At my workplace, there's a pretty even balance between women and men bringing their children to work. So those kids are just as likely to think that Dad's job consists of doughnut holes and soda machines as they are Mom's. Granted, no child's visit to a parent's office is going to accurately reflect a typical workday. But Ms. Manley is quite unjustified and frankly sexist in implying that bringing our sons to work has diluted the importance of the day. She should stop her whining and focus on making the day more productive and educational for all children.

Vilma Herrington
via the Internet


I enjoyed seeing the story about J.R. "Bud" Fitzpatrick in the current issue of Illinois Times [Bob Cavanagh, "History Talk," April 22]. He was truly a Springfield original. However, your writer neglected to mention that his large collection of photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia was donated to Lincoln Library's Sangamon Valley Collection by his daughter, Betsy Burton, after Mr. Fitzpatrick's death. I spent many pleasant hours visiting with Betsy as our staff sorted through this fascinating collection of Springfield history. Anyone interested in knowing more should contact Lincoln Library's Sangamon Valley Collection at 753-4900.

Edward J. Russo,
Former Springfield City Historian

Editor's note: Shortly after his death, J.R. Fitzpatrick was the subject of a cover story in Illinois Times. The profile, published on July 8, 1982, drew on more than seven hours of taped interviews of Fitzpatrick conducted by the Oral History Project at Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois at Springfield). More than 1,100 interviews are included in the university's Oral History Collection.

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