Davis Is Not Representing The People Of Our District
In the article:"Davis: Decatur Is Excellent Example Of Community That Works Together," Cong. Davis says the new health care bill he voted for does not eliminate insurance for those with pre-existing conditions. In fact, it does gives each state the power to eliminate insurance for those with pre-existing conditions! Also, the bill creates a huge tax cut for the wealthy, and it is estimated will cause the deaths of 29,000 Americans due to elimination of coverage.
Davis is not representing the people of our district because he has failed to push needed reforms to the ACA, such as the public option.
If he truly represented us, he would scrap Obamacare and enact Single Payer Universal Healthcare, like every other civilized nation. We need leaders in Congress to speak out on behalf of all Americans. We have already socialized--Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans, etc. When the Insurance deductibles are considered Single Payer saves the average household $4,000 a year and every American is fully covered!!!
I hope it makes sense to the people of Illinois that if you eliminate the middle man (the insurance companies and the the million dollar salaries of their CEO's) that insurance would be cheaper. When these insurance companies sponsor the media and give campaign contributions to congressman like Davis this information is not widely available.
Davis does not hold a town hall on this issue or anything because he does not want to answer to his constituents. Despite numerous attempts, I have never been able to talk to Davis face to face, always having to talk to staffers to voice my concern. He was also for the TPP, which even Trump opposes. Rodney Davis is obviously a corporate puppet and he is selling out the people of central Illinois.
Just recently reported is state senator Andy Manar accused Gov Rauner of leaking false information about school funding under proposed bill SB 1 to the Kankakee Times. Manar said at a press conference; “We’re here for a simple reason this morning, It has come to our attention that information that we first saw yesterday in discussions with the governor’s office and the Senate Republicans that false and erroneous drafts of school funding numbers somehow made their way out of the Rauner Administration office into the hands of a Bruce Rauner campaign group and are being used for political purposes.”
But the reality is The Kankakee Times' figures were derived from an analysis of Manar's formula changes performed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The information has been available on ISBE’s web site since last summer.
A spokesperson for the governor said in a press release: “One cannot leak something that is on a public web site. Their false and outrageous accusations have been disproven, and they should apologize for manufacturing blatantly false accusations.”
To the best of my knowledge the governor and senate republicans are still waiting for an apology. Now I see Senator Andy Manar is at it again. He is the chief sponsor of proposed bill SB1933. There is no need for this “Auto Voter Registration” bill.
Why spend more money to implement an unnecessary mandate? It’s already easy to register to vote. Its pathetic how Illinois state gov’t has created so much apathy among Illinois citizens that many feel it’s a total waste of time to register or vote, why bother when the democrat-controlled tax and overspend state gov’t is corrupt; so much so state gov’t is compelled to intimidate citizens to auto-register to vote.
You want a driver’s license, then register to vote. If they are allowed to auto-register citizens, I can see it now, next the democrat majority will want to "facilitate" voting; voters will have to declare they don't want the state to "auto" vote for them or the state will.
Stop Eating Meat And Other Animal-Based Food
More than 5,000 pounds of meat has been recalled from grocery stores in six states, including Illinois, because it may be contaminated with a potentially deadly strain of E.coli bacteria. The bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain but can also lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome. Thankfully, no serious illnesses have been reported yet. But because meat is high in saturated fat and cholesterol and is linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious ailments, it’s really not safe to eat regardless.
The best way to protect yourself from food poisoning and other life-threatening illnesses is to stop eating meat and other animal-based foods. Plant-based foods don’t naturally harbor E. coli—they only become contaminated when animal manure is used to fertilize crops or leaks into waterways. (Cross-contamination can also occur when produce is placed on the same surface as meat, or when someone doesn’t practice proper hygiene when handling food.)
If we all eat tasty vegan foods, E. coli and other harmful pathogens will be less likely to spread and sicken people, and we’ll be less likely to suffer from many diet-related diseases. For more information and a free vegan starter kit, see www.PETA.org.
The PETA Foundation
Above Letters Posted 5/24/31
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The Lincoln Theatre Can Be Saved
Through Cooperative Effort
The Lincoln Theater once again bites the dust and goes dark. Another volunteer effort thwarted by money and maintenance issues to keep the theater alive and well. Many believe the only resurrections of this historic landmark are through the recycling of volunteer groups. Well, that is partially true, but another alternative does exist.
Let's drive about 53 miles up Route 51 to Normal, Illinois. They, too, have a historical old theater in their downtown area. The Normal Theater was no longer profitable, was too small, and couldn't compete with the multi-screen theaters around the periphery of the twin towns of Bloomington-Normal. What to do........what to do???
Visionaries in the Normal community and on the town council decided to buy the theater. Municipally owned, the theater underwent major rehabilitation, a husband and wife dynamic duo managerial team was employed by the town, and the beautiful theater began showing classic old movies Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.
Popcorn priced at a dollar a bag reflecting low prices of decades ago is offered, a drawing is held at the beginning of each showing for a donated item from a local merchant, and the pleasant husband asks that feet be kept on the floor, papers be deposited in the trash containers, and that pride be taken in this community jewel. The crowd is always respectful and responds gladly.
The theater is also promoted for Christmas parties, birthday celebrations, business conferences, and nearby Illinois State University activities. When a large, new conference center was constructed next door; a direct access entryway was constructed from the center's lobby to the theater's lobby making the theater an extension of the conference center.
Normal considers this theater part of their heritage and just couldn't see it fall into disrepair and deterioration. Having grown-up in the Decatur community and having lived 50 years in Bloomington-Normal, I would opine that the Lincoln Theater holds far more significance to Decatur than the Normal Theater does to Normal.
Those who love the old Normal Theater have formed a "Friends of the Theater" group who volunteer at the theater during the movies and other functions.
May I suggest that a cooperative effort between the City of Decatur and friends of the Lincoln Theater be considered to save and provide stability to the existence of this venerable old Lincoln Theater. Collaboration with Millikin University for off-campus instruction or theater arts instruction/production could also be explored.
This challenge is resolvable if there is collective interest in doing so..... A template is available through a conference meeting with Normal city officials. Maybe it could be held at the Normal Theater.
R. Charles Stephenson
Fond Memories Of Coach John And Eubie Alexander
We appreciate every edition of The Decatur Tribune and thank you.
The May 3, 2017, issue made us smile to read the "Old Farmer's Words of Wisdom…" submitted by Sandy McReynolds.
One of those said "if you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around".
We immediately thought of our wonderful, late friends, Eubie and Coach John (Alex) Alexander, one of Jim Gandy's favorite deliveries to make on his U.S. Post Office route for many, many years.
One day as Jim was coming up the driveway to deliver the mail, Coach Alex was standing at his front door -- with a dog leash in his hand, calling his small black Lab, Charley, to come to him. Charley continued to play around in the front yard.
As Jim approached Coach Alex, Jim asked "Coach, what's wrong?"
Alex's reply: "Well, I have to leave to go to a luncheon and I can't get Charley to come in".
At that…Jim stopped…called to Charley…"Charley, come here."
Immediately, Charley ran right to Jim to greet his favorite letter carrier. Jim secured Charley by his collar and presented Charley to Coach. Coach Alex said, "How'd you do that?"
Jim's reply…"Well, Coach, I don't have a leash in my hand!"
Problem solved with smiles! Quote from Jim who retired in 2001 after carrying mail 42 years: "Just another day at the office!"
And this is just one of our treasured memories of Coach John and Ubie Alexander.
Thanks again Paul, for all you do!
Jim and Judy Gandy
Memories OF Fans Field
I recently read your article about Fans Field. It brought back a lot of memories. I grew up at Fans Field, as well as lived in the area. My father was the groundskeeper. He was know as "Soupy".
As one of six kids, we all did our part for the games to begin, from cutting grass, helping hold the snake, a large fire hose, so he could water the field. Our favorite ride was the bed of nails ride. He used a riding lawn mower tied to a bed of nails. He would put a flat board on top of the nails. And we would get the ride of our life. We would be so dusty-dirty all you could see was the white of our eyes.
My sister and I would help my mother clean the box seats and grandstand. We'd find all kinds of stuff. When I became 16 I worked in the popcorn room. Ethel took care of the candy and snow cones. Her sister Lucille and hubby Roy took care of the main concession. We had some really good people out there - Abe Wilson, Dutch Henry, Jim Doster, Don Umphrey and even a famous fan Don Turney who would portray Abe Lincoln. He sat right behind home plate. We took him home one time and there wasn't an empty space. There were Lincoln items everywhere.
There was a support group among the young ones to. We were called the "Knot Hole Gang". We chased foul balls, ran to the corner restaurant for gum, tobacco and penny candy and watched foul balls bounce off cars. In August 1971, my husband now, met in the parking lot. We've been together ever since. He also worked there beside my dad for awhile. I've gotten to see a lot there - all sorts of wrestlers, music stars - Boots Randolph and his sax - and other forms of entertainment.
See, your article really touched home. Thanks for the memories.
Above letters posted 5/17/17
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New School Board Members Say Thank You For Support
Thank you to all of the community for the support we received during the election. We each were drawn to run for the school board for different reasons but our collective ideals are the same; advance the district and provide the best educational opportunities for the children of Decatur.
The election was just the beginning and now we are ready to make DPS a destination for education. Our ask to the community is to hold us accountable and be vigilant in your high standards for the children of Decatur.
Again, thank you to the community for trusting us with the future of our most valuable asset...our children. We along with Dan Oakes, Brian Hodges and Sherri Perkins will work diligently on your behalf.
Congregation Congratulates Outgoing Pastor,
Effective July 1, 2017 Nicholas Showalter Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Maroa, IL will be promoted to District Superintendent of the LaMoine River District, based in Jacksonville, IL, by Frank J. Beard, Bishop of The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference based in Springfield, Il, of the United Methodist Church. Pastor Nic’s final Sunday in Maroa will be June 4th. The Congregation of Maroa UMC congratulates him on this assignment, but is very sorry to see him leave our community. He is being replaced by Pastor Mary Alice Cunningham who is currently serving the UMC Churches in Virden and Girard Illinois. We welcome her to our Congregation and community as she begins her assignment in Maroa on July 1, 2017.
Chair of the Maroa UMC Administrative Council
Why Would Two ‘Lame Duck’ Council Members Vote For Study Session Changes?
I read your article on the city council's study session change. I wondered why the two 'lame-duck' members would vote "Yea" and not abstain as the possibility of future study sessions was no concern of theirs.
My wife and I have been married 56 years and have had many study sessions. I would submit that the reason we have been married 56 years is because we have had many study sessions.*;) winking
Don L Custin
Above Letters Posted 5/10/17
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Decatur Now Has The Potential To Move Forward
On May 1, 2017 Decatur now has the potential to start moving forward instead of continuing backward.
On the April 17, 2017 Decatur City Council's agenda was a resolution approving and adopting city council policies, roles and responsibilities.
Councilman Bill Faber wanted the input from Chuck Kuhle and David Horn regarding the recommendation. However, without a second to the motion to table the matter to a future date, the resolution passed 6 to 1.
After Police Chief Brad Sweeney was fired on February 2, 2016, City Manager Tim Gleason began setting up individual meetings with five council members to answer questions and give briefings on this issue. Councilman Bill Faber declined the invitation.
Based solely on the code that the city manager has the power and the authority to remove city employees at will; Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe and Council Members Jerry Dawson, Dana Ray and Pat McDaniel all said they supported Gleason's decision.
Council members Chris Funk and Lisa Gregory declined to comment.
On July 5, 2016 Councilman Bill Faber wanted to place a referendum on the November ballot that would require the council to approve the removal of any police or fire chief. Without a second to the motion, the matter was dropped.
Before becoming city manager, Tim Gleason scheduled a trip to California for an event related to his son's army service. So that he could attend the Greater Chamber of Commerce State of the City Address, Gleason changed his travel plans to fly out of St. Louis. He kept his return flight to Peoria. This itinerary would leave a vehicle stranded in St. Louis.
Through the courtesy of Gregg Zientara, Deputy Police Chief James Getz was taken out of service to drive City Manager Tim Gleason to St. Louis. Through the courtesy of the Decatur City Council, Gleason was able to fire Police Chief Sweeney at will.
Most Area Doctors Are Not Trained To Recognize Lyme
Borreliosis (better known as Lyme)is spread by the bite of a tick, which can be as small as the period at the end of this sentence. May is LYME Awareness Month. Borreliosis is the greatest vector borne disease with over 300,000 new cases in the US each year. It is now in epidemic proportions in the US and reported in 49 of our 50 states and is as serious worldwide. Current testing is unreliable and only approximately 50% of cases include the classic "bulls eye" rash.
Most doctors in this area, unfortunately, are not properly trained to recognize or treat Lyme. Lyme is called "The Great Imitator" as it can be confused and misdiagnosed as arthritis, MS, Parkinson's, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, as well as other diseases, even Alzheimer's. Remember the symptoms (which include but are not limited to, joint and muscle pain, swelling of the knees, irregular heartbeat, terrible fatigue, sharp shooting pains, low grade fever, headaches, brain fog, all of which may come and go) can be different in each individual, depending where the borrelia attack your body.
You know your body better than anyone and when you feel the diagnosis may be incorrect, keep looking until you find someone who will listen to you and will consider all the various symptoms. This is what I had to do.
Ticks are most active May through October, at temperatures above 70, but may be found throughout the year. Ticks can be found just about anywhere as migrating birds can bring them into your yard. Wear repellants specially for ticks, along with proper clothing (long sleeve shirts, pants tucked into socks, shoes and a hat). Learn how to properly remove ticks should you find one.
More information may be found at www.lymedisease.org or www .ilads.org.
Disgusted With Actions Of Cemetery
Board In Discharging Dixon
As a registered voter, I am disgusted by the actions of the Cemetery Board in the discharging of Mr. Lynn Dixon. They stated budget cuts were the cause. Figures presented at the Annual Township Meeting contradict that statement because the township will begin the fiscal year with a $4.05 million balance up from $3.69 million at this time last year (as reported in the 4/11/17 Herald & Review). They could not or would not provide any cost savings by eliminating this position and creating another job of a working foreman. One facet of Mr. Dixon's job is to open and close the cemetery every day. Now the Board will need to pay someone overtime twice a day, every day, to do this. A mechanical system would be costly to install as well as the maintenance of the automation or malfunctions. Is this cost saving?
The Township Board appointed the Cemetery Board and provided no one to monitor their actions. One example is funds donated for a specific project, the columbarium. These funds have been put into a general fund that may be used at their discretion instead for the purpose for which patrons donated the money.
Mr. Dixon's dismissal seems to be the result of discrimination, nepotism, or prejudice. This means that we have lost a loyal and dedicated worker and now will have an unemployed and homeless African American Decatur citizen. He has lost his salary, benefits, and the dwelling that was a part of his initial hiring. The Township Board should take actions to rectify the situation caused when they allowed the Cemetery Board to have complete control over the cemeteries and employees. The taxpayers and voters will be watching.
Luella J. Paddock
Above Letters Posted 5/3/17
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School Board Candidate Thanks Supporters
I would like to give a very big thank you to all who supported my campaign. This includes those who passed out any of my campaign cards, planted a yard sign, shared a website posting, taped a video testimonial, wrote a letter-to-the-editor, discussed my candidacy with anyone, encouraged others to vote for me, and/or checked my name on the ballot.
The campaign was a learning experience in many ways, as I learned so much from the many talks I had with teachers, principals, community leaders who asked forum or interview questions, and many other concerned citizens of the school district.
With this new-found knowledge in combination with my other life experiences, I am planning to continue advocating for improvements in DPS 61 education in whatever ways I can contribute.
Again, I appreciate all your wonderful support during the campaign and your encouragement for my continued advocacy.
Operation Enduring Support Thanks
Community For Support
Thank you from Operation Enduring Support.
Easter Care Packages were mailed to 102 Military Addresses on April 4th.
We appreciate the support this program received the Decatur Community.
This is the 15th Easter we have mailed Easter Packages to members of our Military that are serving on foreign Soil.
Your contributions are making a difference in the lives of these men and women.
Thank you for caring about our military.
Ann Irwin, Director,
Operation Enduring Support
Odd, Pro-LGBT Decision
Is Example Of Judicial Overreach
The odd, pro-LGBT decision just handed down by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a perfect example of judicial overreach and a perfect example of irrational ideology trumping science, logic, and natural law. (Thinking people from Plato on down have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and a bad legal precedent, plus that homosexuality is an objective disorder.)
All the "arguments" the pro-LGBT judges had to back them up were logical fallacies, like Judge Posner's evolving-norms-call-for-a-change-in-interpretation-of-the-Civil-Rights-Act "argument."
So I guess if society was becoming more racist Judge Posner would decree that racist behavior is constitutional. Ridiculous.
The values of many pro-LGBT people are so upside-down and backwards they actually believe it's okay to ignore the feelings of decent moral parents who don't want their children to share restrooms with adult sexually confused transgenders. In other words, many pro-LGBT people actually place the disordered feelings of transgenders above the feelings of normal people.
And what kind of people believe in discriminating against and making criminals out of decent moral businesspeople who merely don't want to cater to the "weddings" of heterophobic homosexuals? Could the answer possibly be “ignorant liberal bigots”?
Trump handily beat Clinton in part because a lot of decent moral people are getting really fed up with liberal judgmentalism, liberal self-righteousness, liberal name-calling, liberal violence and hate, liberal intolerance, liberal bullying, liberal prejudices, and liberal discrimination.
Liberals are showing us just how extreme and irrational they are, how corrupt their values are. Let's use that to really do a number on them in the next elections.
Downers Grove, Illinois
Above Letters Posted 4/11/17
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Some Comments About
An Old A&P Store
Here is the answer to a question in this week's Tribune dated March 29, 2017, on page 32 - the back page. Debbie Roberts of Decatur commented on the one digit phone numbers in the "old time" 1947 ads.
Debbie asked if there was an A& P store on North Main but it is not listed in the tiny ad included at the top of her inquiry.
She was almost correct - the A & P was located, as the ad states at 136 W. Packard - between North Main and North Water. That is the area around the former Alhambra Movie Theatre. The area was also known as Greek Town. You could say it was close to both Main and Water Streets.
The building has survived and is now painted a light brown and is home to a light industrial firm.
In approximately 1946, A & P offered a shipment of what had been highly rationed sugar.
A large line formed down Packard toward Water Street. An older woman walked out of the store with her precious purchase and fainted due to the heat in the A & P!
She dropped her package of sugar and it broke open on the sidewalk. I can still close my eyes and see that sparkling sugar, in the sunlight on the dirty sidewalk.
I hope Debbie Roberts will enjoy this little historical footnote.
Larry E. White
Decatur’s Beautiful Buildings, Including
Another year with great information in the Tribune. I love to keep up with my hometown. Decatur had some beautiful buildings, one was the Armory, from the circuses they had there, to going there when I was in the National Guard.
I used to play basketball there, too. I was born in Macon County Hospital, that's a beautiful one too.
The Public Library was beautiful and I went there a lot. Is the Wabash Station still standing? I always thought that would have been a great restaurant.
I enjoy the whole paper, from the Scrapbook and trivia. I get a kick out of Hocus-Focus. The only part I don't like to see is my friends' names in the Public Records Obits.
Well, go grab a V-8 and take the Vette for a run, that's what I'm doing right now.
Public Officials Should
Not Be Prioritized
Ahead Of Taxpayers
Recently, Democrat lawmakers pushed a self-serving agenda and asked for their paychecks to be put ahead of schools, human services and small businesses who provide critical services to those most in need and taxpayers. Now, a judge has ruled that lawmakers get to jump the line and be paid first. They were represented in court by Speaker Madigan’s lawyer who also fought against fair maps and term limits.
This is wrong. It is unfair for elected officials to be prioritized ahead of taxpayers.
Comptroller Susana Mendoza should have kept her promise to keep lawmakers pay in line by immediately asking the court for a stay of the decision during appeal, as was done by AFSCME in their contract lawsuit against taxpayers. Instead, she immediately began printing paychecks for lawmakers and statewide officials, including herself. And not just one month’s pay – but more than half-a-years’ worth, costing taxpayers $8.6 million. The judge did not order her to fund backpay, she chose to do that herself. This shows her true intent: helping Speaker Madigan’s Democrat lawmakers rather than taxpayers.
Comptroller Mendoza served ten years in Madigan’s majority in the General Assembly. In that time, she voted for the very tax hikes, borrowing , unbalanced budgets and pension holidays that have created financial problems in Illinois today. Now, she’s not fighting to fix it. By not seeking a stay, Mendoza has allowed Madigan’s lawmakers to jump ahead of all those who are in line waiting to be paid.
I encourage her to immediately seek independent counsel from Attorney General Madigan. This is an issue that affects every single person in this state, and it’s vital that on an issue that affects all to avoid even the slightest appearance of a conflict of interest. The attorney general is not independent—her paycheck is in the same line with lawmakers. By getting outside counsel and requesting an immediate stay, she can put lawmakers back in line. Illinoisans deserve an independent voice in this matter.
It is unreasonable for Madigan’s majority in state government to resist change and continue leading our state in the wrong direction. Their first duty is to pass a balanced budget, live within our means and pay for what we prioritize. It’s long past time they do it. Until then, they should wait in line like every other organization waiting to be paid. No budget. No pay.
Deputy Governor Leslie Munger
What? Me Retire?
What? Retire? What on earth would you do? Where would you go? If you do not go to work there will be no one to go to lunch with, or no one with whom you can carry on a conservation. Work is who you are.
These are some of the comments I heard in 2009 when I announced my retirement from Millikin University. A friend invited me to a Kiwanis meeting. There I discovered what I would do, where I would go, and, who I am.
In Kiwanis, our motto is “we serve the children of the world.” The three Kiwanis Clubs in Decatur do that by serving the children of our community. Each year we contribute over 20,000 volunteer hours to the Decatur area.
Kiwanis has a place for everyone, from grade school to the grave. In high school, it is called a Key Club and in college, Circle K. These organizations provide students the opportunity to give back to their community and to learn organizational skills, leadership skills, how to work successfully in groups, and many others.
For adults, we have regular Kiwanis Clubs, 3-2-1 Clubs, and Golden K Clubs. Golden K Clubs are, primarily, for those of us who are retired and no longer use that four-letter word—work.
Each not-for-profit organization in Decatur say they cannot operate without volunteers. The Decatur Celebration alone uses more than 120,000 volunteer hours each year. Not-for-profit organizations operate on razor thin budgets even in those years when Illinois does have a state budget. These agencies lack sufficient funding to pay for the services volunteers provide.
If you are interested in learning more about Kiwanis or the work we do, attend one, or all, of our meetings. For Early Birds call 217-330-7668; for Golden K call 217-877-8695; for the Noon Club call 217-433-8301.
Decatur Kiwanis Clubs
Great To Again See Staley Office Building
Illuminated By Color-Changing Lights
For many years, the Staley office building, now owned by Tate and Lyle, had its upper structure illuminated by color-changing lights that could be seen for several miles. A family member of mine was said to have the job involving the lighting display.
Over time, this display was no longer a sight to behold. In recent weeks, the building is beautifully lighted again and, even more brilliantly than before, no doubt using modern LED technology.
It is wonderful to see one of our city's iconic buildings again basking in its original grandeur.
Again this holiday season, through the Tribune photo archives, we have seen another city icon in its past Christmas glory, when it stood proudly in Lincoln Square, brightly decorated with strings of lights, huge red bells and candy canes.
After its historic move to Central park, the transfer house decorations eventually disappeared. Are these now antique decorations gathering dust in a warehouse somewhere, or lost forever?
Our city's most iconic structure looks the same all year long. As the building has been preserved for future generations, it could be returned to its holiday glory as well. If the original decorations are indeed lost they could be replaced in the same manner in which we replaced the fountain in Central Park.
We should all thank Tate and Lyle for the Staley building lighting restoration. Take some time in the evening to view our city's newest light show. You will be amazed!
The Tribune often strikes a nostalgic chord with many articles on former celebrities and personalities. Another well known local personality popular in the 1940's an 1950's was Decatur musician, Jack Carson whose real name was Carl Bergbower. He sang with a band on WJBL which later became WSOY radio. Your readers will hopefully cultivate and grow more unearthed information on Jack Carson.
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