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Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:16 am

Letters to the Editor


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I enjoy your publication. Having said that, I’m extremely disappointed your three puzzles (Crossword, JoshJosh, Sudoku) and the “Advice Goddess” column were missing from the June 8 edition. These are usually placed on the inside of the last page of every issue for at least the last year or so. Surely there’s a reason, and I want to hear why this page was absent.

I’m upset. You’ve disrupted my routine mental exercise and weekly belly laugh (that Amy ... such a sarcastic and witty hoot). My life ain’t so bad after reading her column! What’s not to love about that little pick-me-up?

It can’t be a layout problem. Reducing oversized pictures on pages 5, 15, 20 and 24 opens up a whole page. Please don’t tell me you’re adding staff but eliminating this “fun and trivial section” as part of your so-called “reorganization efforts.” Please say it’s not so. Geez ... If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Janine Toman

Note: OK, OK! The omission of the Crossword, JoshJosh and Sudoku puzzles plus Amy Alkon’s “Advice Goddess” column in the June 8 edition was a temporary action due to space constraints. You can view this week’s puzzles as well as the answers to the June 1 puzzles on page 35. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Harriet Tubman operated an underground railroad to free slaves. She hated slave owners and looked daily to the left and right and couldn’t find many to help her rescue the slaves, but she felt their pains of slavery and their hopes for a better tomorrow. She freed lots of black skin slaves that didn’t have U.S.A. birth certificates by taking them through swamps of sweet waters to freedom.

Donald Trump operates a political underground railroad. He looked to the left and right and found many white skin slaves and certain others to support his hatred for President Barack Obama and refused to accept his U.S.A. birth certificate. Trump felt their hatred for President Obama and their hopes to destroy his every work. He takes them through swamps of bitter waters to more jealously for President Obama.

I hope that readers of this letter can recognize that both “railroads” exist to benefit those who believe in the vision of the operator of the railroad.

Alyce Lyle



This is in response to James Krohe Jr.’s article “He will not settle: Will Howarth on Thoreau,” posted to http://illinoistimes.com, on June 9. Will’s article on Springfield, “Reading Thoreau at 200,” was just as enjoyable today as it was many years ago when I read it at the time of the SHS class of 1958’s 25-year reunion. It included an amazing collection of facts. For example, no one ever told me the Mason Dixon line was so close to home. They didn’t teach that at SHS.

Champ Davis
Class of ’58
Oak Brook


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