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Associated Press

photos an outrage

I had tears in my eyes as I read the story of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard.

It brought back memories of a time so long ago when I held the hand of a young Marine who died as we were being medevaced in Vietnam on Sept. 16, 1968. I will never forget the look in his eyes or his last words.

There has been much controversy about Associated Press photographs documenting Lance Cpl. BernardAEs death. Shame on them! The Associated Press has stooped to a new low. No parent should ever have to learn of or see the death of a child on the evening news. It is an outrage.

Lance Cpl. Bernard is a true American hero in every sense of the word. He died serving his country and that is all I need to know. I donAEt need to see photographs of his death on the news or read his last words in a newspaper.

Some things are still sacred. Semper Fidelis.

Steve Haisley,

Vernon Hills

Flashing green

light good idea

Back in the 80s, I had sent a letter to then-Governor Thompson about an idea I had regarding stop light safety.

I proposed that the green light flash a few times before changing to yellow, therefore letting drivers know that the light was about to change. His office replied that it would confuse drivers who were from out of state. I never followed up on my idea until earlier this year. (OK a IAEve been busy)

I sent an e-mail regarding this idea to the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation. But, I never heard back from either agency.

Recently readers Ruth Stevig (Aug. 16) and Daniel W. Anderson (Sept. 10) have suggested this same idea, and mentioned that itAEs being used in Vancouver Island, Canada.

Having a green light flash shortly before it turns yellow is a simple, yet potentially lifesaving idea that all drivers would appreciate. …