click to enlarge Letters to the editor 12-08-22
With the number of foster children in Sangamon County reaching record levels, some kids are being housed at Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center, even if they don’t require mental health services, due to a lack of area foster homes for placement.

NO ROOM
At the same time that foster children who don't require mental health services are being housed at Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center due to lack of foster homes, kids that do need inpatient care are being held in local emergency rooms due to lack of beds and mental treatment facilities ("A crisis of care," Dec. 1). Marissa Perry

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STEP UP
Perhaps the right-to-life supporters can get some of their members to sign up as foster parents. We only need about 400 homes.

Brenda Cheffy
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MISUNDERSTOOD
I read the article "Candidates file for municipal elections" and I feel a little misunderstood from how it portrayed my comments (Dec. 1).  Dean Olsen made it seem that I am looking past this election trying to move on to bigger things and don't care about this position.  Yes, my long-term goal is to advocate for foster care programs in Illinois, but that by no means dismisses what I am currently trying to do in this office.  I have a servant mentality and I have been very active in the Springfield community for a long time, whether it be education on financial independence, promotion of children's programs or minority issues within our community. I'm a voice for these parties and want to do the same for the members of the north side.  

My previous service has been as follows:  I have been a board member for Sangamon County Community Resources since 2016, I was a co-chair for the United Way Vision Council under the financial stability pillar and I have worked with the Springfield Housing Authority and the Urban League.  Currently, I was asked to be part of the District 186 FACE team because of advocating for my foster kid's educational needs.  I would like the opportunity to bring my strengths and abilities to the alderman position and fight for residents in the fourth ward. 

David Yankee
Springfield

SOLAR BENEFITS FARMS
The subheading "thousands of acres are being paved with panels" is misleading ("Is this the best use of prime farmland?," Dec. 1). Solar installs can cohabitate with farmland areas, effectively without excess paving, actually providing a break from high exposure to the sun as well as utilizing cover crops to address topsoil nutrient depletion from over-farming.

Anne Logue
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LEGAL BUT WRONG
Ethics is about right and wrong, not legal and illegal. An act can be legal and yet unethical. Running for office and resigning three days after being elected is legal, but it is it is most certainly not ethical ("Revolving door benefits state Rep. Tim Butler," Nov. 23). It does not remove the taint of suspicion that one will now be lobbying former colleagues.

Running for office is a promise to serve. Simply because a better offer comes along before the electorally won term is served does not justify taking that offer. Mr. Butler is in the clear legally. But in the world of ethics, he is guilty of breaking a promise to the people of Illinois. I am sorry to see his reputation marred by his resignation. His actions should remind us that even good guys sometimes make bad decisions.

Gary Davis
Lincoln

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