LETTERS: Cast Of ‘For the Love of It’ Cabaret Thanks Decatur Community For Support


 Dear Editor:

     The cast of the “For the Love of It” Cabaret would like to thank the Decatur community for its support. Over 330 people attended performances at the Decatur Club in early February. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations resulted in over $7000 being raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Once again, the audience had an overwhelmingly positive response to the innovative format, awesome entertainment and delicious food offered at the performances. Most importantly, the people of Decatur should be acknowledged for their willingness to support important causes, even through something as simple as purchasing a ticket to a show!

     We hope people will plan to join us next year on Friday, February 7, 2020 or Saturday, February 8, 2020 as we present the tenth annual (and final) “For the Love of It” Cabaret Dinner Theater and continue to raise money in order to support the advancement and progress being made in cancer research.

     To date, the FTLOI family has raised over $50,000 and we look forward to watching that number grow in 2020.

Beth Creighton, Aaron Largent, Keith Creighton, Tim Gorski, Matt Hall, Cayla Hittmeier, Michael Holder, Amy Jedlicka, Leslie Lewis, John Musick, Shelley Tulo, Chelsea Waller

A Dehumanized America

Dear Editor:

     Vice President Pence’s recent visit to honor Jewish Holocaust victims at Auschwitz reminded me about America’s still ongoing inhumanity and disrespect for human life. We are shocked about how Nazi Germany, under Hitler, became so inhumane that they murdered millions of God’s elect-Jewish people, trying to exterminate them. They displayed total disregard for human life in this horrific crime against God and humanity. And we should also be alarmed that Iranian leaders want to “kill all Jews and annihilate Israel.”

     They have been fed hate toward God’s chosen nation for so long that they say it is “legal and acceptable” to exterminate them. They sure do not know that God said He would bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. With such hate they only curse themselves. A society which believes in killing innocent human beings is a morally sick society. God’s just Commandments were edged in stone by God’s fiery finger, and given to Moses, to create a just and orderly nation/world, and so that Israel would be a blessing to the world.

     After more than 400 years in captivity in Egypt, God kept His promise to Abraham, and gave the land of Canaan as inheritance to Jacob/Israel, one of Abraham descendants. The people in that land had become morally corrupt and God passed judgment upon them to cleanse the land. Parents were spilling their children’s blood by throwing them into the fire in worship of idols. In the last several decades America has gone so far away from God that it is now even more corrupt, than Nazi Germany and Canaan.

     Respect for God, and for His God-given-human life, is sorely missing. Individual and national judgment is coming. Time to Repent!

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.

Coalgate, OK

It Is Government Give Away Time Again

Dear Editor:

     It is government give away time again, complete with lottery winners. Solar & Wind energy is a good idea but common sense should be used in subsidizing them. There is already resistance of taking good farm land out of production in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and other states blessed with good soil. Wind towers & solar farms should be built in states with poor soil but more adapted to solar & wind energy. Southwestern states such as New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California would be ideal for solar panels. Wind Farms should be subsidized only in western states with poor food growing capabilities but lots of wind. Anybody that took their basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas knows what I mean.

     The food grown in states blessed with good soil should be used to feed the hungry. People are starving around the world and in America there are people who go to bed hungry every night. School Lunch, Food Stamps are even used for making foreign policy. If people in Central America had a better life, they would not be traveling all the way to our southern border. This is a better use for food than mandating and subsidizing it to make Ethanol. Surely the biggest goverment boondoggle of all time. Not only does it take as much energy to convert the corn to fuel, but the resulting fuel has only 2/3 the energy resulting in a 25% drop in fuel millage. The remaining corn’s price is increased resulting in higher prices at the super market.

     Also the water used in the process contributes to the water shortage many places are facing. Let’s have a national energy policy taking advantage of natural local conditions and what they can best provide.

     Finally we like to tell everybody 24/7 we are a Christian Nation. Which is more Christian? The wishes of the Corn Growers Association for mandates and subsidies or the wishes of hungry people for food?

Bill Steenblock


Governor’s Proposed Tax On Vaping Products Would Create New Barrier For Adults Trying To Quit Smoking

     The Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois released the following statement in response to the governor’s budget proposal that includes a 36 percent wholesale tax on vapor products: “The governor’s proposed tax would do nothing more than create another hurdle for adults who are trying to quit smoking. Studies have shown that vaping products are among the most useful tools to help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.

     In fact, they have even been shown to be twice as effective as other nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. With vaping products proven to be 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes, it seems unethical to tax a person for making better, healthier choices. “The long term savings to our state is in improving the health of its citizens by moving them from deadly cigarettes to something that is far less harmful and we look forward to working with the Governor and the legislature to achieve this end.”

Victoria Vasconcellos,

President of the Smoke Free Alternatives Coalition of Illinois 

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