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WILL - The Public Square - November 10, 2006

Arthur Cronkhite asking questions with regard to the University’s mascot.

Arthur Cronkhite asking questions with regard to the University's mascot.

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Hello, my name is Arthur Cronkhite and I come to you today, asking questions with regard to the University's mascot.

Why does the University of Illinois use an earth-based religious symbol? What kind of arrogance allows the University to believe it can somehow capture the Native American spirit in a mascot? Why do vast numbers of students and alumni, fervently worship an ancient religious ideal?

When a child of no consequence, adorned in spiritual regalia, dances forth from an underground passage into the Assembly Hall, what underworld spirits does he bring with him? As he dances like a madman possessed, upon dead woods bound and lacquered in a domed hut void of all nature, what dark forces are spread among the gathered tribe?

As those present stand in devotion, arms positioned to receive "the spirit", what demons fly from sacred feathers to posse the worshipers? What malevolent tentacles entangle the hearts of those who have opened themselves to receive "the spirit"?

Once the channeling is complete, the spirit accepted and the followers go forth, do they take the underworld with them? Is this why editors of the student newspaper, published disrespect of Muslim beliefs, or Greeks in their hedonism taunted those of other color - because the dark spirits are strong among them?

Is it a tribe of spirits that trick the devoted into believing that The Chief "is only a mascot and nothing more", or one great demon? What kind of underworld darkness blinds normally devout Christians, allowing them to proudly submerse themselves in pagan practice and symbols?

Do these spirits now call to our elected officials? Is it an underworld vision that leads these men in battle to deny truth? Is it possible we have found the original source to some of the darkness today - which have these men aiding and abetting a criminal Presidency that wages war upon the Muslim world?

Why is it that a place of understanding, truth and wisdom, now comes under siege by those of dominance seeking submission? Why do these men seek to practice spiritual legislation that will guarantee continued desecration? Is it because they must have blind followers, in order to stay in power?

Or could it be simple ignorance, in what is done each time a child without a vision quest, unnamed through infant testing, conjuring spirits without aged wisdom, has produced such a poisonous caldron? Which begs the last of questions.

When will the elders come and shed light upon these deceived practices? When will the real Chiefs assemble and confront the dark forces that hold us captive? When will the fires of the circle be lit and the surface spirits called, so that all may understand? When will dark hearts be exposed to the purifying light of spirit dances that only the children of the earth may practice fully?

For until they do, and until we see, dark spirits will continue to dance with glee in the hearts of ignorant men.


WILL - The Public Square - November 01, 2006

Linda Abernathy on the City of Champaign Township Assistance to the Poor

Hello. I'm Linda Abernathy, the City of Champaign Township Supervisor.

Can you get by without a car? Do you know how to live without electricity and a phone? Do you know which grocery store garbage bins to look in for throw-away food? Can you survive without a checking account? People who live in poverty know how to do all these things.

According to the 2000 Census, more than 13,000 people in Champaign live below the poverty line. 13,000. I bet most of you didn't know that. That's because the poor among us are largely invisible. They need your help. On election day, Champaign voters can make a difference for the poor.

Your ballot includes a referendum for a tiny property tax increase. In real dollars this means, for example, that if your home is assessed at $150,000 and you vote "Yes" for this referendum, you'll be agreeing to pay less than $23 to directly help the poor. Less than $23 for an entire year.

As the City of Champaign Township Supervisor my job is to follow the law with regard to helping the poor, and Illinois Law requires townships to provide assistance to the poorest among us.

These poor are not eligible for any other public assistance though they live in extreme poverty and are unable to meet basic needs critical for health and well-being.

The Township offers these individuals temporary assistance of $212 per month. Those who receive this assistance must work through non-profit organizations or local governments in order to receive their $212. Those too ill to work or are permanently disabled, must apply for SSI.

Currently about a 100 people are so poor that they qualify to receive general assistance. Preserving the last safety net for our neediest citizens is what this referendum is all about. Please join me by voting yes on November 7

Please note that the language of the referendum says nothing about the poor. But it's the first of three referenda on your ballot. And it's labeled "Proposition To Increase The City of Champaign Township Tax Rate." Township is the office that serves the poor. For the complete wording of the referendum and additional facts please visit us at www.cctownship.com . That's www.cctownship.com. Champaign is a Caring community - Vote Yes on November 7 for City of Champaign Township. Thank you!

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