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Costello does the right thing

To the Editor:

On May 21, The Southern Illinoisan published my essay, You deserve access to research.

In this article, I addressed the Federal Research and Public Access Act, which will provide taxpayers access to the results of research supported by public funds through federal granting agencies.

I indicated that Congressman Jerry Costello's position on FRPAA was unclear. I am very pleased to notify Southern readers and FRPAA supporters that Congressman Costello has recently come out in strong support of FRPAA and become a co-sponsor of the legislation in the House of Representatives.

I wanted to acknowledge publicly this support by the Congressman and express my appreciation for his interest in the improvement of access to the results of research supported with public funds.

David Carlson

Dean, Library Affairs, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

A trip back in time

To the Editor:

I immediately grabbed my camera and headed out to the tracks, only to be surprised to see hundreds of people lined up on both sides of the tracks waiting for this sight. Then I finally heard the sound that I hadn't heard in more than 60 years. The "Whooooooo!Whooooo!" of the steam whistle, and then I saw the smoke, rolling back over the passenger cars. Needless to say, I was barely able to snap pictures, because of the tears trying to fill my eyes. OK, OK, they did fill my eyes.

While watching this beautiful scene, my mind began to wander back to my childhood days, when we watched these trains stop on the Little Ditch Bridge and let off excess steam, then pull up to the old Water Tower to fill up for their continued trip north to St. Louis and other far-away places. We kids used to spend a lot of time sitting under the trestle of the train tracks fishing for anything that would bite on a hook or safety pin, which in most cases was crawdads. When we would hear a train whistle, we just sat there and let the trains run right over us.

I have a lot of respect for the modern day diesels, but those old steam locomotives will always have a special place in my heart, because they were such a central part of the lives of every one who lived in the Village of Gorham at that time.

Meyrl D. Lindsey

Gorham

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