LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bad Experience With Illinois State 
Treasurer’s Office

To the Editor:
Today (Friday) I had the unfortunate experience to call Dan Rutherford’s office about “unclaimed property” of my deceased mother-in-law.  
Previously I had completed forms and sent them to the Illinois State Treasurer’s office as instructed along with a copy of the last will and testament, small estate affidavit, death certificate and of course these documents were certified by the Macon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and signed by the Circuit Judge. 
Guess what?  
After a month or more, the USPS delivered another form and a request for the same documents I previously submitted!  I called the number provided and was curtly told I had submitted ‘copies’ and I must submit originals certified by the Circuit Clerk (the embossed seal must be ‘raised!’ ).
The Treasurer’s office is not helping residents of Illinois by making such ridiculous rules, hindering the rightful owners of unclaimed property!   The Treasurer’s office publishes full page notices with many names, acting like they are the savior and then have such regulations!  
The Treasurer’s office personnel do nothing but create more bureaucracy to justify their jobs.
Illinois’ political climate and finances have to be the worst in the US! 

Dennis G. Mahorney
Decatur

Some Resources To Help Take Control Of Your Medical Care

Dear Editor:
We live in an era of medicine that offers the best of care, but is often put off course by jumbled communication. Here are important resources to help you take control of your medical care.
1. "How Doctors Think", by Jerome Groopman, MD - Harvard medical school professor explains the diagnosis process and how patients can help steer their doctors in the right direction.
2. Labtestonline.org - Lets you look up any lab test and find out why it is given and how to interpret the results.
3. MedlinePlus (www.nim.nih. gov/medlineplus) - Provides authoritative information from government agencies and private health care organizations.
There are hundreds of health-care related books and web sites. These three resources are a good place to start. 

William C. Faber, Jr.
Decatur

Above Letters Posted 9/16/14


Noise Pollution Law Is More Than Just

Dear Editor:
I believe there are many folks here in Decatur that will agree the noise pollution law is more than just. Certain people believes it's okay to drive around town with a sound system which is emitting enough "music" to wake the dead. There main complaint that on top of being fined, their vehicle is towed. This causes a hardship money wise as well as now they have no transportation to work. Huh? You mean these people actually have jobs? When do they sleep?  I've been awakened many times when one of these idiots pull up to a neighbor's house with the music blaring that literally rattles my windows. Than, instead of leaving the car to go knock on the door of the person they're there to see, the lazy fools sit out in the car honking the horn.
Also a complaint because the police are profiling? Could it be there are more blacks breaking this law than whites? Nah. How silly of me. And how about the dude sitting there waiting for the light to change and he's blasting his "music"? You're  telling me he can hear an emergency vehicle approaching that must get through?
Also, has this bugwit given any thought at all to the irreparable damage they're doing to their hearing? Another thing is the outright filthy language being used. If I am waiting at a stoplight with my kids in the car, I don't think we should be subjected to such trash.
Whether you're black or white or pink, this is just plain unadulterated ignorance. 
Personally, I wish they would even increase the fines on these brainless morons.

Jeff Carter
Decatur

Article About St. Nicholas Hotel
Brings Back A Lot Of Memories


Paul:
Regarding your article on the old St. Nicholas Hotel. When I first moved to Decatur from New Jersey, I worked at the St. Nick from 1958 to 1959. 
I was a desk clerk and switchboard operator. (What's a switchboard?) I started at a $1.00 an hour working the 3:00 to 11:00 shift. Sometimes when the night clerk was off or on vacation I'd work a double shift, from 3:00 in the afternoon till 7:00 in the morning. 
Jack and his mother, Mrs. Brune, owned the hotel. I never knew her first name. I think they were from the St. Louis area. 
One night in 1959, Harry James and his band were playing a concert in the area and they stayed at the St. Nick. 
A lot of old memories, all pleasant. Thanks for the article.

Dennis  DiLullo
Medford, NJ

Articles In ‘Scrapbook’ Bring Back Great,
And Not-So-Great, Memories 


Dear Paul:
I look forward to receiving my copy of the Decatur Tribune, which I read in Marshalltown, Iowa. 
The articles in the Scrapbook section have brought back many great and some not-so-great memories. 
The article on Chap's Amusement Park also included my paternal grandparents' house which was just across the street. 
We often shopped at Chap's Grocery on Water Street. Your article about Daut's Nursery bought more memories to mind. My father purchased most of the Daut's Nursery property which became part of Twickingham Heights subdivision. One of the houses on the nursery property was moved to Grays Lane by my father, where it resides to this day. I always read the obits, checking ages to see if it might be anyone I would know. 
It is so refreshing to read a newspaper full of positives! Thank you for filling that niche.
Thanks again for all the work you do in putting this paper out.

Kay Lents
Marshalltown, Iowa


The Observance Of The Anniversary Of The Signing
Of The Constitution Is Week Of Sept 17-23


Dear Editor,
The Stephen Decatur National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is promoting the observance of the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America during the week of September 17-23. This is one of the finest documents ever written, and we as Americans have reason to be appreciative that we have this document to give us the freedoms we have
We are inviting the public to attend a bell ringing in Central Park on Wednesday, September 17th to celebrate this event. Bring a hand bell to join us in this celebration. We will gather beneath the flag pole.

Wilma Thompson
Constitution Co-chairman, 
Stephen Decatur Chapter


Letters Posted 9/2/14


Our Nation Was Founded On Christian Principles

To the Editor:
Here are a few things to think about. Our nation was founded on Christian principles. The people who came here from Europe came for many reasons. One of them was for religious freedom. Many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Christians. Our earlier presidents publicly praised God for the success of our nation. The Bible was used as a textbook in our public schools, and universities were established on Christian principles.
Today, our nation spends more money on education than most other nations, yet we score near the bottom of education standings in the world. Our nation spends more money providing health services, yet we stand near the bottom of health standards. Our constitution still stands unique in the world, providing more freedoms than any other nation. Yet, more of our citizens are in prison, or in county or city jails. Our nation is the largest market in the world for illegal drugs. Every large city, and most of the smaller ones, has a street gang problem that generates many murders each year.
There is no single path to solving our many problems, but the first, critical step is for our nation to seek the help and protection of God. We need to pray for our nation.

Eldon Clements
Decatur

Excited About Coming Of National
Agriculture Genotyping Center


Dear Editor,
I, along with many of my friends and neighbors, believe economic development in central Illinois should be our lawmakers' top priority so I was excited to hear about the prospect of bringing the National Agriculture Genotyping Center to central Illinois.
Decatur is one of only two cities still in the running for this Tier 1 laboratory that will not only bring jobs to the area, but will also help attract other companies to Decatur in the future. This additional boost to our local economy owes thanks to Representative Sue Scherer, Senator Andy Manar, Secretary of Agriculture Bob Flider, and other local lawmakers who lobbied for this opportunity. It is time to get the Illinois economy back on track, and I believe the efforts of our leaders are getting us that much closer.

Jan Carpenter
Decatur


Place In Heart For The Decatur Commodores

Dear Editor:
I could not help keeping a place in my heart for the Decatur Commodores. I moved here in 1970 so, even though this is not my hometown, I have been around here awhile. 
My connection with the baseball team comes from the fact that one early summer afternoon I decided to visit Fan's Field as I assumed they would be practicing. I arrived early and happened upon the manager, and lo and behold he asked me if I wanted to try out. My mind started racing as, although I played on a team in high school that finished in the top eight in the state, I was nothing more than a first base coach. 
However, I have reasoned since then that the reason for the interest in me came from a college coach who also taught a baseball course (301) at Illinois Wesleyan University. Evidently he put in a good word for me as I had gotten an A from him in that course. 
The manager asked me if I wanted to try out and I said I lived six miles from there and I didn't have my spikes or glove. I would have to have a way to get them and when there was no response to this I assumed they were not interested in me.
The games that I attended that year I was the only one in attendance. Quite a difference from the 1920's. I did see a couple of good ballplayers though. I should say I attended all of the weekend games as I was employed elsewhere at the time. 
Hey look out. I may have become a big league manager if I had acquired a ride. Nuff said.

David R. Baker
Decatur


Send A Message To Senators Kirk, Durbin

To the Editor,
Chuck it. Don't chip it. You decide at the ballot box.
Federal legislation is being introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (IL) to make the information on medicare cards "safer" from ID theft, by taking displayed info and imbedding it on a computer chip in the card. This includes your social security number, which the American people were promised at the time of its introduction, it would not be used as an ID number.
When will the government keep its word? When will Americans stop willingly trading their freedom for security, or social security? Then, Madison warned, you will have neither? 
Again, freedom for a mess of pottage such as medicare, medicard or national healthcare through taxes paid by our family and neighbors.
Remember it is not the purpose of government to provide for your health. The rightful order for those in need is through charity. So, don't wonder why government provides so poorly, if at all. think of the recent veteran's healthcare scandal - it helps to be offered medical attention while you're still alive! Charity will always be more compassionate.
In addition, someone said about the Affordable Healthcare Act, “if you can't afford your insurance now, wait until it's free."
When government oversteps its natural bounds the rule of law, our constitution, the people lose trust.
Please call/contact your Senators Kirk and Durbin and tell them to chuck this bill, originally proposed in 2011 and never made it out of committee, along with the rest of the other social welfare programs. Tell them the American people do a better job taking care of each other and we want a refund.

Sherry Procarione
Oakley


Anti-Drive-Through Liquor Window
Citizen Is Moving From Decatur


Dear Editor: 
      In the March 20th primary, 53% of those who voted on the drive-up liquor window advisory referendum in Decatur Township, supported a drive-up liquor sales ban.
      Prior to the election, I promised that if the referendum won popular support, I'd make sure the issue would be on the November general election ballot.
     When I made that promise, I didn't know that I'd be getting married and moving to Bonney Lake, Washington.  Since I'm moving to a state that doesn't allow drive-thru liquor window sales, I won't be writing any letters to the editor in the local newspapers.
      But since I'm no longer going to be a resident of Decatur, I don't feel I have any business promoting a drive-thru ban here.
     Just because I'm leaving town, however, doesn't mean that someone else can't pick up where I left off.  Decatur still has three times the number of drive-thru liquor windows than the ten most populous cities of Illinois, combined.
     There's plenty of scientific data that shows that the easier it is for people to buy alcohol, the more people will drink, and the more people drink, the more violence there is.
     It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that reducing the convenience of buying alcohol will reduce the amount of violence and other crimes associated with drunkenness.
     To those who voted to ban drive-thru liquor sales, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting this no cost to the taxpayers public safety issue.
      If you're concerned about DUI's, the rate of violence and overall quality of life in Decatur, please attend the next Decatur Township meeting and request that another advisory referendum concerning a drive-thru liquor window ban be placed on the November ballot. 

David Daker
Decatur

Animals Have Lost A  Great Friend With Passing Of Guruji

Dear Editor,
With the passing of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar (aka "Guruji"), animals have lost a great friend. Guruji often spoke up in defense of animals. For instance, he appealed to fellow yogi and fashion designer Donna Karan to stop using fur in her designs. A longtime vegetarian who survived typhoid fever, malaria, and tuberculosis as a child, Guruji also starred in a PETA India ad to promote eating healthy plant-based foods.
  "If animals died to fill my plate, my head and my heart would become heavy with sadness," Guruji told PETA India. "Becoming a vegetarian is the way to live in harmony with animals and the planet."
Anyone who was inspired by Guriji can find out how easy it is to eat a healthy, humane, “harmonious” diet by visiting www.PETA.org and ordering a free Vegan Starter Kit.

Poorva Joshipura
Chief Executive Officer
PETA India

Obama Family Uses Taxpayers’ Money For Personal Vacations

Dear Editor:
Who is spending our taxpayer money?
Did you realize the Obama family uses our taxpayer money for their personal vacations? 
The family went on 3 vacations in 2013: Africa, Christmas in Honolulu, Spring Break at Martha's Vineyard.
The total of Flight Expenses ONLY was $17,049,853.90.
The President had a "G-8' meeting in Belfast Ireland. Tax money is always used for meetings. The family went with him. Michelle Obama took her girls and entourage of 30 people to Dublin, Ire. Flight expenses ONLY were $7,921,638.66 with our taxpayer dollars. Her upscale hotel room was  $3,300 a night. The entire side trip cost, for 2 days, $5 million dollars. 
Million dollars.
Last, but not least, were Obama's two big golf trips . February, 2014 he golfed in Palm Springs, Ca. during a severe drought. Flight expenses ALONE, were $2,952,278.00 in taxpayers money. The President was in Ca. to high -lite the state's severe drought. 
He spent ONLY 4 HOURS at 3 different meeting events. The next 3 days he was playing golf, which used about 17% of all water there. Some was even pumped out of the region's "at risk" ground water aquifer. 
Not very thoughtful!! $$-diplomatic business?
Ironically, upon returning to D.C., he gave the "State of the Union Speech”, in which his speech focused on "INCOME IN-EQUALITY", while he had just taken two luxury golf vacations back to back.
His other golf trip was to Key Largo, Fla.. His flight expenses ONLY 
were $885,633.00.
As most families were struggling with no vacations, he laughed his way 
to the 18th hole.
At this moment, the family is taking  Spring Break at Martha's  Vineyard.  The President is happy and joyful on the golf course as terrorists are beheading children, raping women, executing men, cutting small children in half and Christians are dying on Mt.  Zinzar.

June Innis
Decatur

Rep. Scherer, Staff Helped In Time Of Need

Dear Editor:
I know a lot of people are fed up with politicians, and most of their anger makes sense. 
However, I am the type of person who believes you should always give credit where credit is due.
Earlier this year, I became severely ill. For those of you who have been in that situation, or who have a loved one who has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, you know how devastating and painful it can be. My situation was worse because I found myself unable to obtain my medication. 
Having nowhere else to turn, I decided to contact Sue Scherer's office.
Rep. Scherer and her staff responded to my call right away, and helped me complete all of the paperwork needed to get my medication. Thanks to them, I can put all of my thought towards getting better.
Good people aren't always easy to come by, but Sue is one of them. She cares about the average person.
Please join me in supporting her in the upcoming November election.

Lashawn Patrick
Decatur

ABOVE LETTERS POSTED 8/26/14

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