click to enlarge Letters to the editor 10/20/22
The United States is experiencing a critical veterinarian shortage, and Springfield is not immune. Five Star Veterinary recently opened to serve as an urgent care practice for people who can’t get their pets in to see their primary veterinarians in a timely manner.

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Amen to the Illinois Times cover story, "Not enough vets for pets," (Oct. 6). I rescued an African grey parrot who was not socialized – he has calmed down a great deal over the years, however, it is a challenge to catch and confirm him to a carrier for a vet visit.

Springfield has a few veterinarians who take birds, but they will not take new patients. Therefore, it is almost a full day's chore just to get his toenails clipped. I am a senior citizen and need to schedule an appointment whenever one of my daughters can drive me to Petersburg, the closest veterinarian.

Yes, we definitely need more veterinarians in the capital city.

Margaret Joan Herr



Labor unions are nothing more than an extension of democracy into the workplace. They are not trying to control the company; they just want to have some say over their lives at work. Labor unions built the middle class. To be against labor unions is to be against democracy. Abraham Lincoln stated the same during his time.

No CEO or upper-echelon individual works without a contract, as well as most likely the learned professor who wrote the article ("Labor seeks to tighten control over Illinois," Sept. 15). Then why should the workers who do the base hard work be treated otherwise?

Joe Marley



I discovered squash for myself in a home meal kit, and it's a miracle food ("Going nuts about butternut," Oct. 13). If you cook for picky eaters, you can prepare roasted squash and tell them it's potatoes. You don't do the reveal until they assure you that they're the best potatoes they've ever had.

Larry Stevens



The anecdote about Scott Reeder's parents visiting China in the first two paragraphs that set the stage for his opinion was a perfect illustration of how our society has changed since my childhood ("Banned books can build bridges," Sept. 22).  Like myself, he grew up with parents who were clearly open to new ideas from other people, including people from countries and cultures vastly different from ours.

What fresh air he ushered into today's polarized environment by reminding us of the importance of "creating bridges of understanding between disparate groups."  One need not agree to gain understanding, and maybe even a little compassion.

Margot Brown



On the banned book article, I also tune into media that I know is opposite my own thinking. As you know, it's a great way to understand someone's thinking, or at least try to understand.

In our little corner of the state, books that some thought should be banned were recently debated. This was the result of an organized effort to ban books dealing with sexuality. I'm sure you're familiar with the effort.

We keep trying to apply current culture norms with what were acceptable norms during previous times and vice-versa. It doesn't make it right, but they are or were the acceptable norms and culture of the time. Yes, Thomas Jefferson had slaves, as did most all wealthy people of that time, but he also fought for equal treatment of people.

I think this idea is the basis of today's discussions of banned books regarding racism and sexuality.

Roland Salas
Rock Falls

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