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I'm writing to the paper to voice a grievance on behalf of Illinois State students and I imagine any who frequent uptown Normal.

The destruction of the mural, especially so cleverly scheduled to occur after the students leave so as not to arouse dissent, is a callous act of city officials valuing commercial profit over cultural capital. Uptown is a small oasis of uniqueness and identity in what is otherwise a sea of franchises and huge chains, and played a part in my decision to attend university here.

The fact of the matter is simple: We do not need, nor do we want, more chains. To see the fingerprint of the community, whether it be the art or small business, crushed under the thumb of big business would be to see the town's very essence ripped out of it.

We can only hope as we leave this summer that the people of Normal will stand up for what's theirs and not have the talent of their own citizens washed away in the name of a building to house another series of copy-and-pasted franchise.

Jake Breit, Normal

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