By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
I was gratified to see that Through the Eyes of a Child was honored by your paper with "Best Setting." I was surprised and flattered as well to see my name as the person responsible for the interviews upon which the play was based. However, my role in this creative project was quite minimal. I only conducted a portion of the interviews along with Jackie Dace, the project chair, who also initiated this very important historical and cultural project, secured funding, set its parameters, maintained its integrity and close ties to the community and otherwise nurtured its development. To see Through the Eyes of a Child garner any attention without her name being mentioned seems a gross oversight.
I am writing to take exception to a statement made in your article about "Best Rural Bicycle Ride." In this article, you say that the roads in Monroe and Randolph counties in Illinois are the best rural bicycle-ride locations because "there is so little traffic they may as well be bicycle paths." Then you go on to say that the area farmers have a reputation for not liking bicyclists. For one thing, not all citizens of Monroe and Randolph counties are "farmers." Some of us live in town or in the country but do not farm. Second, we use our roads to get to and from work, school, stores, doctors, etc. Just because our roads are not logjammed with cars does not make them or give anyone the right to make them bicycle paths. It is this attitude that the bicyclists have that the roads belong to them that makes for hard feelings toward them. And they do ride as if we are the outsiders to the area and should get out of their way. Bicycling season is about over for this year, but next year why don't you come and see what it is like to drive on our roads when the bicyclist are hogging the roads as if they own them? Try getting around a group of 25 to 30 or more bicycles. If you are lucky, a couple of them may even be riding single file and keeping to the right as the law states and is clearly posted.
When the bicyclists are out and about, a 20-minute drive to town turns into a 35- to 40-minute drive, complete with the need to drive on the other side of the road to get around them. And, of course, the pleasure of being given the bird by these pedal jockeys. Or getting to observe them stopping to steal some veggies from our gardens or piss along the side of "our" roads.
So, please, before you name a place "best" for any reason, how about checking out every aspect of the place?