click to enlarge Letters to the editor 9/22/22
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Many readers had strong opinions about the Sept. 15 cover story on Darren Bailey, with some questioning why the Republican candidate for governor was profiled at all.

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NOT A NICE GUY

He may be a MAGA neofascist and secessionist, but what a nice Christian family man he is ("At home with Darren Bailey," Sept. 15). Give me a break.

Don Hanrahan
Via Facebook.com/illinoistimes

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HOPE HE LOSES

Hopefully Darren Bailey has lots of time to spend at home after he loses the election.

Glen Minks Via Facebook.com/illinoistimes

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LEVITT AMP RETURN BAD NEWS

Ironically, the recent announcement that the Levitt AMP music series will return to the Y-block for another three years was bad news for downtown Springfield.

Is this what was envisioned for the high-profile block when it was purchased by the city from the state, now years ago? At a chance encounter with Mayor Jim Langfelder, I asked him what his plans were for the future of the block, and he replied, "...music on Thursday nights."

Initially, I was against a proposal to turn the grassy plot into a park, but then I recalled the words of the late renowned Springfield poet Vachel Lindsey from his poem, On the Building of Springfield:

We should build parks that students from afar

Would choose to starve in, rather than go home

Fair little squares, with Phidian ornament,

Food for the spirit, milk and honeycomb

Mike Shepherd
New Berlin

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TAKE THEIR TIME

Yes, I shopped at Kroger ("Kroger still not back in business," Sept. 8). However, I do not want my health, the health of the workers and the environment to suffer due to asbestos. This is a huge issue, and the clean-up needs to be safe. If that takes a long time, so be it. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is still waiting on Kroger.

Debbie Daniels
Via Facebook.com/illinoistimes

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COULD BE WORSE

If you think it's hard to shop now, just wait until Walmart starts yet another remodel. I wonder if they will be targeted by IEPA as well.

Shelly Huddleston-Minks Via Facebook.com/illinoistimes

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NEED MORE TRADE SCHOOLS

I think this is an excellent idea ("A trade school for Catholics," Sept. 8). I wish there were enough old-country craftsmen left that could teach and oversee these young and upcoming craftsmen as they learn to make sure they don't cut corners as the current-day craftsmen do.

I was going to send my son to St. James Trade School; they closed the year before he would have gone. I was upset. Not all people are destined to go to college. We need people who know how to use their hands in a productive way.

Karen M. LeSeure
Via illinoistimes.com

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BAD DEAL

My property taxes went up $200 and I have to pay $148 extra to escrow ("Tax rebate checks go out this week," Sept. 15). I received $188 – what a joke!

Pamela Meyer
Via illinoistimes.com

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