click to enlarge Letters to the editor 8/11/22
Dr. Webster was a dentist for over 40 years and had an office at 501 S. 13th St. in the 1960s. The youngster in the photo has now been identified as Carolyn Blackwell of Springfield. This photo is one of many included in African Americans in Springfield, a new book by Mary Frances and Beverly Helm-Renfro that brings to life African Americans who lived and worked in Springfield.

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The photo of the unknown young Black woman at the dentist office is actually my mom, Carolyn Blackwell, with her godmother, Vivian Bird ("African American History in photos," Aug. 4).

Dr. Nicole Florence



Not sure where this Florida judge received their judicial training on sentencing, but humiliation is not a component of rehabilitation and, as for punishment, it suggests a cruel and unusual motivation ("Crime and punishment," Aug. 4).  

What next? Haircuts for the unrepentant? Carry a sign around for a day reading "I am a thief?" 

I have a suggestion: public service work at a shelter, volunteer group or cleanup of litter without the fanfare.

Michael E. Brandt (retired judge)



Newspapers used to have a police beat each day listing the crimes committed and named names. Police records are public records.

Debi Bommarito



Scott Reeder is obviously anti-union from his personal family experience ("Crossing the line," Aug. 4).   He puts down legal protest by citizens, but I'll bet he supports the extreme, liberal policies that have caused high inflation, high gas prices and high power bills that affect low-income citizens the most.

Without the union wage as a high standard, non-union roofers and all other non-union trades would be working with minimum benefits and a fraction of the wages. You would have the taxpayers picking up the health care costs of these lower-wage earners without decent benefits.

Rick Hannah, Teamsters Local 26



I have rented the building across the street from Staab Funeral Homes from the Staabs since 2001. They are excellent landlords and great people. I have used their funeral services on three different occasions, and they are professional and considerate.

Aside from that, whether it's an electrician, a plumber, an HVAC contractor, etc. they have always used union companies to maintain the property I lease.

Ted Harvatin



I have seen both of the movies that Chuck Koplinski reviews ("Now Streaming," Aug. 4) – and I don't agree with his analysis in the least.

Bullet Train was excellent. Brad Pitt landed his jokes, and I thought the fight scenes helped build the story and took us on a wonderful journey of twists and turns. Each fight played out differently and we always learned something new in each scene.

I did not love Pitt's overall performance, but for a different reason – I felt that in order for this ironically soft-natured assassin character to work, the actor would need to be more grounded in reality. But other than that, I thought the movie was highly entertaining.

Easter Sunday was a sweet film. I think the critic felt a bit left out, since this film was made for Filipinos. I personally attended the film with two Filipino friends and they said it was spot on with all the references and super heartfelt. I laughed so many times because it was a cute family movie and it achieved everything that this kind of film set out to do. This film was not made to be an Oscar-contending movie but simply to be a part of the amazing cinema universe that many other family movies (mostly white-centric stories) exist in.

I think it best to go see these movies for yourself, and perhaps disregard this man's interpretations, because they draw from a very narrow and negative place.

Kristine Horwitz

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