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Advertising is a necessary evil in our culture. It’s plastered on buses, pasted on the floors of big-box stores and sold on the front pages of our newspapers.

Finally, it has gone too far.

After enjoying a meal from my favorite local Chinese restaurant, I was looking forward to the simple message in my fortune cookie. It’s a very simple pleasure.

To my disappointment, when I cracked open the cookie, I found an ad staring back at me.

Needless to say, it left a bad taste in my mouth.

JOHN DIXON

Champaign