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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 05:04 pm

Letters to the Editor

Untitled Document We welcome letters. Please include your full name, address, and telephone number. We edit all letters. Send them to Letters, Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705; fax 217-753-3958; e-mail editor@illinoistimes.com.
NOEXCUSEFORLOSINGRECRUIT Talk about one rotten apple spoiling the bushel! And even if it was two or three, what a shame that the efforts of all those police-department officials to help rookie police officer Tara Borders succeed were thwarted by a tiny number who apparently wanted the opposite to happen [Dusty Rhodes, “Opt out,” Nov. 8]. A lose-lose result: Officer Borders’ being forced to leave the area and the area losing a promising new police recruit.      Difficult as it might be, I sure hope the Springfield Police Department does all it can to determine who sabotaged Officer Borders and then takes measures to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen again. Dick McLane Springfield

GETTINGTHECAPITALCITYBLUES I just finished reading your “Musical barstools” article [Tom Irwin, Nov. 8] and wanted to throw a comment or two your way. I am heavy into the blues and promote blues music shamelessly. Blues music probably makes up over 75 percent of my CD collection and about gets about 50 percent of the playing time I have every week.      Slowly but surely I’ve started seeing new faces coming out to hear some blues and have had more than a few people tell me that’s the reason they stopped in. I think there are a lot of people in the area looking for a blues venue other than the Alamo.      I’ve attended the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn., for seven years straight, and I’m convinced that there’s resurgence in blues music, especially rock/blues such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, and Walter Trout. Springfield will undoubtedly never have a match for Beale Street, but the festival in Memphis started years ago as a single stage on a street corner, too.      Who knows? With the popularity of the Old Capitol Blues and BBQs festival growing each year and more venues featuring blues music, maybe, just maybe, Springfield will one day be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago when it comes to blues. Dave Lerch Blues Boulevard DJ Services Edinburg
OBVIOUSLYWESKIPPEDENGLISHLIT I Just an error I noticed while reading Chuck Koplinski’s review of Beowulf [“Blood, guts, and pixels,” Nov. 15]. In his review he called Beowulf a Danish poem. I have nothing against the Danes, but it’s traditionally known as an Old English epic poem, probably composed in an eastern area of England. The fact that it was written in Old English is one reason it is such a significant piece of literature. It is considered one of the great English epics. Jason Logue Springfield

THISARMYNEEDS YOU! The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing campaign has started. I will do it and enjoy it immensely. It makes the holidays fuller and more fun. Their need is greater this year. I take this chance to tell those of my own friends and co-workers that this year for Christmas I will donate to the Salvation Army in lieu of presents and encourage you to do so also. Patrick Johnopolos Springfield 


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