Some Things That Local Resident Wonders About

Dear Editor:
I wonder, will Barbara Minich let me know when she gets a discount on her t. v. bill because she isn't interested in getting the truth from the Fox news channel? 
I hope she gets her discount because then I can get several discounts. Since I don't like half truths, smoke and mirrors, at times outright lies, non-reporting of things that look bad for a Democrat or the Democrat Party, well then I should get a discount because I seldom listen to, what I consider the garbage newscasts, on MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, HEADLINE NEWS, and on and on.
Wow! Maybe they will owe me money.
     I wonder if the campaign commercials against Bruce Rauner, who is running for Illinois governor, will ever tell the truth about anything? 
It looks like, since there are so many people who are so gullible to believe this leftist baloney, that Mr. Rauner will have to stoop to their level in order to defeat Quinn and all the corruption around him. It's too bad there are so many gullible folks.
     I wonder if Ron Adams, another regular Republican basher, lacks the ability to spot a phony or a liar, because, if I remember right, Mr. Adams once quoted from a book written by a Hollywood leftist about President G. W. Bush. It was later learned the book was full of lies.
     I wonder if the folks that usually vote Democrat really do just love a liar and a phony. It sure looks like they do because both Bill Clinton and our present dictator, (just my opinion of course), were both re-elected when anybody that didn't realize they were both liars had be completely loony.
     I wonder how many people now realize, since Obama has pretty much handcuffed our border patrol agents, that our southern border is now wide open to terrorists. No telling how many diseased people are here out of the tens of thousands of illegals, not undocumented, call it like it is. They are illegals.
     I wonder how many people believe, as I have since 2008, that Barack Obama fully intends to destroy this country. 
No, I'm not affiliated with any skinhead outfit as some might believe. I just see what many prefer not to, until it's to late. Has everyone forgot how Obama went for years and listened to his preacher damn America, and preach hatred to white folks. 
     I wonder if anybody that doesn't listen to Fox news, even heard about the Mexicans allowing drug runners to fire 50 caliber rifles at our border agents a few days ago. I betcha they didn't hear a word from the left-biased stations.
     I wonder, since our dictator in chief has shown his incompetence in dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan, maybe we should pull out of the latter immediately, and declare war on the corruption in Mexico and put a stop to this insanity.
Robert Jenkins                                                        

Two Stories Given To Local Pastor On 
Ordination Anniversary

Here are two stories given to me  after celebrating the 60th anniversary of ordination.
• A stranger walked into a church one  Sunday and sat down while the minister was preaching.   At first the stranger was quiet and paid attention, then after awhile, he began to figit and squirm. 
Finally he leaned over and asked   a man sitting there "How long has he been preaching?"    
The man answered  "Oh, 40 or 50  years."     
Then the stranger said, " I might as well stay. He ought to be finished soon."

• The second story is about a minister who spent a great deal of time preparing a sermon and he worked  and worked on it. 
When he preached it on Sunday, he gave it his all.   
He was very happy with himself and later he said to a deacon: “I really   gave it all I had this Sunday."  
The deacon said, "Yes, you certainly did.  I have a book with every word you said in it."   
The  minister was a bit shaken and he said to the deacon, “you do?  I'd like to see that book!"  
The deacon said that he would be glad to send the book to the minister.
A few days later, a heavy box arrived  for the minister.  It was about 10 inches deep and 10 inches wide and 12 inches long.   
The minister eagerly unwrapped the package...and there   was the book:  "Websters Unabridged Dictionary."

Al Weidlich

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Posted 8/19/14
Driver Runs Over Duck Family Crossing The Road

Dear Editor,
  I have driven Lost Bridge Road along Lake Decatur for years. I enjoy the lake view, including the birds, ducks and their new families. 
Last Wednesday night, my husband and I were headed to Menards along this route. 
There were three vehicles on this stretch at that time, a black extended cab Silverado pickup about 150 feet in front of us, and a car in the distance coming from the other direction. I saw a duck family crossing the road, which is not uncommon this time of year. 
The black truck in front of us put his brakes on briefly (I know he saw them), then he chose to run them all over. 
I was in disbelief. I have always known people to stop briefly to let them by. I have never witnessed this happening before. My husband and I got to see this family, mangled and dying from this act of hate. I called Lake Patrol, who came to verify what had happened.
For those who don’t know, an act like this can be reported to the conservation department, with a license plate number, a description of the vehicle, and preferably a view of the driver. Fortunately, there are laws in place that allow you to file a complaint against a hater such as this, and there are fines that can be given for an act such as this. 
Hopefully, I will never again be a witness.

Susan Ferguson

Thanks To Americans Who Saved Romania During World War II

To the Editor:
Recently I was in Romania for a wedding one of the wedding guest that I drove to the wedding and reception was the 81 year old aunt of my wife.   The next day we were sitting in her sister's kitchen.  She said thanks for saving them from the Russians in World War II.  
During World War II Romania was in a bit of a fix.  Germany wanted control of Romania for their oil fields.  They are still leading petroleum supplier in Europe.  
The Russians wanted Romania for their young men to fight and die on the Russian border with the German forces.  They are a smaller country than either of these and could not successfully repel either force .  
The older woman talked about the American bombers that filled the sky. Some days the it seemed like a cloudy day due to all the bombers flying over. They were raining bombs on the German forces causing the Russians to leave the Romania men in Romania to fight the German Army that was beginning to retreat.  
So,  from Romania, thanks to Americans for saving them during World War II.

Timothy Farrell

President Obama Vacations While  
Border Agent’s Family Mourns 

Dear Editor:
This week President Obama will be enjoying another multi-million dollar vacation with his family at an estate onMartha’s Vineyard.
  Meanwhile, due southwest in Texas, the family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent Javier Vega, will have laid him to rest after his family’s fishing vacation was violently interrupted by two illegal alien criminals who decided to rob them. When Agent Vega tried to resist and protect his family, he was shot dead in front of his wife, three children, and his parents.  His father also received a gunshot wound.  The men who perpetrated this crime had entered the U.S. no less than four times; been caught, briefly held, fined $10, and sent back each time; only to return again and AGAIN.
  The Obama’s will be protected and kept secure during their vacation by their legion of Secret Service agents who will have secured the area weeks beforehand and will protect them while they enjoy themselves.  The Vega family was not so fortunate.  They did not  have an advance security team to secure their vacation spot.  In fact, just the opposite.  They were victims as a RESULT of an unsecured border and unenforced immigration laws.  Laws passed by Congress that are supposed to be enforced and carried out by the President of the United States and the Federal Government.  The Border Patrol Union issued a statement saying the blood of Javier Vega is on the hands of the President and Congress.  Strong words, but not untrue. 
  President Obama has refused to “use his pen and phone” in executive fiat to stop the massive flow of illegals across the border, but he says he will use executive action to give pass to illegals because Congress (i.e. Republicans) would not grant his request for billions of dollars.  He says he must act because Congress won’t.  He says it’s what the American people want.  Really?  If that is so, why was Congress barraged with phone calls that jammed the lines last week in opposition to the vote to give him billions?  The American people were speaking and it wasn’t in support of amnesty or billions for illegals.  After the first vote failed due to citizen opposition, a second vote was taken on a revised bill and it DID pass.  But it wasn’t what Obama wanted, so it will lie dormant at the door of the Senate, like 300+ other bills that Harry Reid will not bring to a vote.  
  So, really, we have a my-way-or-no-way president, who doesn’t mind using children as pawns, flooding the country with illegals, and refusing to enforce our laws to leverage what he wants. 
  Meanwhile, down in Texas, the Vega family wants its son, husband, and daddy back and the country has lost a dedicated public servant.       
Cindy Koshinski

Tribune Stories Bring  Back Many Memories

Dear Paul: 
As usual I just finished reading my copy of the July 30th issue of the Tribune which arrived in today’s mail.
I have been enjoying the Tribune since my old and dear friend, Dr. Seymour Melnik (a classmate in the class of Decatur High School class of 1957) first sent me a gift subscription many years ago.
This issue was particularly enjoyable because of two items: 1. a note from another 1957 classmate and long time friend, Jim Chiligiris. When we were classmates at Decatur High and for many years afterward when I went home to visit my parents (now deceased) I would spend time with Jim at the Lincoln Square Tavern, (having a coke when we were underage) then owned by his father. Jim’s dad did not drive and so Jim had to pick him up and drive him to and from the tavern. When Jim was in school or gone I suspect his big brother, Dr. George Chiligiris did the driving.
More than once Jim closed up while his cousin George took Angelo (Mr. Chiligiris as we called him) home.
On one occasion Jim and I went to the tavern late at night and closed up and put the day’s receipts into the safe for overnight until the receipts could be deposited in the bank. On that particular night after we left a tragic fire started (I do not recall where it started) and the tavern and some parts of the other adjoining stores were destroyed by the fire. 
The receipts were safe because the safe was “fireproof” and the receipts were recovered and removed to the bank. The Lincoln Square Tavern was rebuilt and it was better than ever and I continued to stop in and see Jim whenever I was in Decatur. Jim was always considerate and he WAS an excellent host and owner of the business until he retired and If I recall correctly his cousin George continued the business. I have lots of fond memories of the Lincoln Square Tavern.
The other story was your memory of your first car and the cars you have owned during your lifetime.
At present I am on my 27th Cadillac and all of them were the larger luxury model. My current one is a 2011 DTS with all the bells and whistles-most of which I don’t need or use. For instance, the sunroof, which has only been open twice since I have owned this car is an item I probably will not use ever again. I did not order it but it was on the car when I bought it and I liked the color and I did not want to wait for another without the sunroof.
The car is equipped with blue tooth and I recall the 1st time a call came in and interrupted the enjoyable music I had on coming from the 8 speakers in the car- the voice- “you have a call” thundered out of the 8 speakers. 
It scared the bejeebies out of me! I did not even know how to answer the call! Upon arriving home, I quickly accessed the owner’s manual and found how to use the blue tooth feature and I now find it very useful since in Illinois and in many other States, hands free telephone usage is required. 
I’m still learning things about the car and like you I now enjoy the technology that modern automobiles have made available to the motoring public. The modern automobile is a marvel to behold but I must admit that I’m too old I fear to accept what is coming very soon--a car that drives itself! I just don’t think I’ll be able to let that happen and I’ll want to still steer the car and do all the things I’ve been doing since 1955-and all without any chargeable accidents on my record!
Keep the stories coming so I can spend my fun time reading all about fun and interesting things in your paper.
Thanks for all your efforts. 

Jerry L. Lambert, Esq.
Flossmoor, Illinois

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Letters Above Posted Aug. 12, 2014

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Our Veterans Deserve Better

Dear Editor:
The veterans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom deserve timely access to quality, affordable health care. I, along with many Americans, was outraged by the exposure of the breadth of malfeasance at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), ranging from the manipulation of data to the outright intimidation of employees who voiced concerns over these problems.
This treatment of our veterans is unacceptable and hits close to home for me. My son is an Army Ranger, who is just returning home this week after his deployment with a Rapid Response Force with Army Central Command. I’m so proud of him and I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I knew his access to health care was bogged down in the VA’s bureaucracy.
  Sadly, Congress has waited until the last second again to take action. Nearly 100 days after the VA scandal first broke in the news, Congress scrambled before its summer vacation to pass a bill to address the problems that were exposed. This is the same Congress that hurt Illinois families by shutting down the government at a time when we need to be helping folks get back to work. Congress is dysfunctional, reactive, and still puts off important matters until the last moment.
  People outside of Washington know that you can’t get things done that way. That’s why I’ve been endorsed by VETERANS’ VISION, a major bipartisan group that recognized my proactive work to help folks by creating the Madison County Veterans’ Treatment Court. This court has made a difference in the lives of many veterans, including Larry Shidler, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam. When Larry fell on tough times, the court made him feel like somebody actually cared and was strict without being judgmental.
  I want to take this same approach to Washington and fix things, not just become part of the problem. Our veterans – like Larry and my son – deserve nothing less.

Ann Callis
Democratic nominee 
for Congress in the 13th District

Kudos To J. Thomas

Dear Editor:
Kudos go out to J. Thomas McNamara for his covering of the Turkey Tournament for so many years. I did not get to see many of the games through the years but I could always depend on wonderful coverage of them from his great sport coverage pen. I am a sports fan of Decatur sports and support the Booster Club at Millikin when I can. Here I would like to say that I played football when in high school and was a honorable mention all state tackler given by another newspaper.
Also when Litchfield beat the Runnin Reds in the Vandalia Sectional, I believe it was in 1954 to go to state, I was in the stands rooting them on. I am a Litchfield Panther fan as I was a Panther for all of my high school years.
I was surprised to see Gay Kintner's Club try to dribble through the zone press with guys like Ron Purcell and Wayne Sawyer heading it. It was 12-0 before Decatur knew what hit. It stayed that margin all the way until the end.
Thanks again J. Thomas for the great coverage for so many years.
Also kudos should go out for Mr. Roustio for putting the tournament together every year for so long a time.

David R. Baker

People Have Fundamental Right To Know
About Stadium Security

Dear Editor:
Heading to a college or professional football stadium?  You really need to
read this.
People have a fundamental right to know...
 that if they're in a large, confined crowd and receive an emergency evacuation order and/or panic-inducing information from their cell phone or mobile device...
 it's almost certainly a hoax designed to create an artificially generated stampede.
Unfortunately there's a catch-22.  Even though it's a very generic, common-sense public safety issue, the government and private industry won't touch it.  Because if you acknowledge a problem exists, you own it.  And if it happens, you reap the blame.
The government will never voluntarily take action.  Plausible deniability
discourages politicians and lawmakers from addressing the matter.  Foreseeable litigation precludes team ownership and venue management from getting involved.  Compounding the problem, there's no monetary incentive.
  Nobody has a vested interest in being proactive.  The cons outweigh the pros.  And therein lies the paradox.
The daytime talk show host Dr. Phil often remarks, "You can't change what you don't acknowledge" and "This situation needs a hero."  
Well... I ain't no hero but I do know when there's an impending crisis that must be averted.  At a bare minimum, a scenario like this will one day be attempted.  So that leaves us with two distinct choices: confront the issue or willfully ignore it.
These days, just about everyone has a cell phone.  The saturation of smart phone technology has really exacerbated the problem.  Social media
platforms, bulk text messaging, alert systems, calling, hacking --- wireless devices are capable of transmitting and receiving false information (unintentional and deliberate) in more ways than you can fathom.  Current venue emergency evacuation protocol fails to account for this inherently evident, irrevocably altered dynamic.
As I've maintained, you won't hear about this issue until after a tragedy has unfolded.  Do we actually need to witness a human stampede?  Is our only recourse to remain complacent or oblivious?  Are our societal expectations really that low?
Mitigation isn't a realistic strategy because human stampedes unfold in real-time.  There are no wireless shields or magical contingency plans.  The only way to prevent a catastrophe of this nature is to educate the general public.  This matter will eventually become common knowledge.  Probably sooner rather than later.  So why not just put it out there responsibly?  People have a right to defend themselves.  And that requires a heightened degree of situational awareness.  It is the only viable, long-term solution.
But here's the good news.  YOU have a First Amendment right to share this public safety information with your loved ones and anyone that frequents large crowds (stadiums, motor speedways, ballparks, etc.).  Just becausethe "powers that be" refuse to discuss the issue doesn't mean that you must remain silent.
Just ask any competent incident commander.  They'll all tell you the samething --- that in the unlikely event of a venue emergency evacuation, the initial order would NEVER be delivered via your cell phone.  You use the public address system, possibly in tandem with the jumbotron.  It's imperative to reach everyone in a clear, unified fashion.  It's really that simple.   Most people have never given this matter any consideration.  This leaves them perilously unaware of their surroundings.
Not everything is about money.  Think in terms of "stop, drop and roll" or "look both ways before you cross the street."  Everyone has a right to obtain basic knowledge regarding personal safety and security.  A littlesnippet of knowledge can go a long way.

Eric Saferstein
Wheeling, WV


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Thanks To Governor, IEPA Director For Efforts To Protect Mahomet Aquifer

Dear Editor:
We would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of our elected bodies and the residents of our five communities, to extend our thanks to Governor Patrick J. Quinn and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett for their efforts to protect and preserve our region’s most valuable natural resource ... the Mahomet Aquifer.
This Aquifer serves as the principle supply of drinking water for 80 communities and nearly one million people in Central and East Central Illinois. It is for most communities the sole source of water for their residents and businesses. The future viability of this water supply is being threatened currently by the irresponsible dumping of chemical waste at the Clinton Landfill, which is owned and operated by Area Disposal Service Inc., a subsidiary of Peoria Disposal Company. Peoria Disposal Company has also sought a permit to allow the dumping of PCBs at this site.
We hope the Illinois EPA, under the direction of Governor Quinn and Director Bonnett, now recognizes that statutory rules may not have been followed by the landfill operator when it sought approval to deposit chemical waste in this facility. We applaud the decision by the IEPA to send a letter this week to the DeWitt County Board Chair, Sherrie Brown, seeking information as to the Board’s understanding of the landfill operator’s intent when the Board gave its approval to the landfill’s siting application in 2002. The subsequent modification of the original permit by Illinois EPA is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of local governments, who believe that the modification was improper.
We are confident that Chairwoman Brown’s response will elicit swift and decisive action by Governor Quinn and the IEPA to suspend the authorization to deposit all chemical waste within the Clinton Landfill until the landfill operators have obtained proper approval to do so by DeWitt County and IEPA following the specific siting rules that are established by state law.
Again, we thank Governor Quinn and Director Bonnett for their leadership on this issue and for their resolve to protect and preserve the Mahomet Aquifer.
Respectfully submitted,

Mayor Tari Renner, City of Bloomington 
Mayor Don Gerard, City of Champaign
Mayor Mike McElroy, City of Decatur
Mayor Chris Koos, Town of Normal
Mayor Laurel Prussing, City of Urbana

Why The Silence Of The Learned Men Of Faith?

Dear Editor:
I'm an old, apparently out-of-fashioned patriotic native-born American. I firmly believe the U.S.A. was fathered by very intelligent founders who espoused Judea-Christian principles so tightly they risked their entire beings to embrace them.
I find it stunning in the aftermath of the sacrifices of the Second World War, when F.D.R., Ike, the Congress and every Chaplain invoked Almighty God's blessing for victory and He obliged, we now hear only silence from the people.
As the present federal government and the "news media" assure us the world is "tranquil" in reality it is falling apart. Are all the grisly events of the holocaust to be relived, only on a worse scale? Why the silence of the learned men of faith who could rally the people from the pulpits? There is a chance the people still steer this mighty nation, but their silence will assuredly doom Israel and the free-world along with her. 
Can't we stand for decency, rally the faithful, and stop the evil that is again, or still, enveloping the globe?

Michael E. Vest

Above Letters Posted 7/29/14

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Dream Vacation Or Nightmare Road Trip?

Dear Editor:
Road trip car trouble can be a real nightmare, but performing a pre-trip car check helps drivers avoid a vacation breakdown disaster. A 10-minute driveway inspection gives motorists peace of mind by reducing the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble and providing an opportunity to have any repairs performed by a trusted technician before hitting the road.
• Check the tires including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
• Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
• Check filters and fluids including engine oil, power steering and brake, and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
• Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
•  Check the brakes and battery to be sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free and that the brakes are functioning properly.
The Car Care Council also recommends that motorists restock their emergency kit, consider a pre-trip tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy, and order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide for the glove box at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

Rich White
Car Care Council
Bethesda, MD

Letter Above Posted 7/8/14

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