The People Speak In Letters And Comments To The Decatur Tribune


Thank You, Dunn Company

Dear Editor:

As I drove downtown Tuesday afternoon, it was so nice to see a CAT 140M motor grader sitting on the Civic Center lawn, ready to welcome everyone to the Chamber Business Expo Thursday. Makes us all proud!!! That is what the Chamber of Commerce is all about….. businesses helping businesses, making our community a better place to live and work. To the small business person, joining the Chamber is some of the best dollars you will spend….the networking and the Chamber being there for you!! Again, thanks Dunn Company and Decatur Chamber of Commerce!

Dave Wilhour, Decatur

New Information Source for Stuttering Community

Dear Editor:

     I’d like to ask your readers: Do you stutter? Do you know someone who does? Most people do. More than three million Americans and 70 million people across the globe stutter, but sadly it is still quite misunderstood. Help us change that. May 13th-19th is National Stuttering Awareness Week. To support the stuttering community, the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation launched a new website with easy-to-find information like articles, brochures, magazines, videos, research reports and counselor referrals, with a new laptop- and mobile-friendly interface.

     The Stuttering Foundation has accurate, trusted information about stuttering and free help on its new website– Please take a look and tell a friend.

Jane Fraser, President, the Stuttering Foundation


Thanks To Nurses Who Serve Patients Each Day With Respect, Care, Competence And Joy

Dear Editor:

     National Nurses Week marks the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital would like to take the opportunity to thank and recognize our nurses who serve our patients each day with respect, care, competence and joy. Nursing professionals are a valuable and instrumental part of our hospital.

     We appreciate our nurses for the excellent care they provide during each shift they work, 365 days a year. They are the heartbeat of hospitals. They are the women and men at the bedside caring for the well-being of not only their patients, but the patients’ families as well. At Good Shepherd, the commitment to nursing is as strong as the hospital’s roots in the community.                     Formerly Shelby Memorial Hospital, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital joined the Hospital Sisters Health System in January 2017. Providing quality health care to the Shelby County community has been a tradition of the hospital for more than 100 years.

     National Nurses Week was developed to raise awareness of the value of nursing as a profession and to help educate the community about the vital role nurses play in the health of the community.

     To help fulfill that purpose, please join us by thanking the wonderful nursing professionals who have positively impacted your life.

Allison Paul, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer HSHS Central Illinois Division

City Of Decatur Asked To Improve Support Of African American Organizations, Initiatives

     Whereas, the city of Decatur, Illinois is comprised of an African American population of approximately 20% and rated as the 7th worst city for African Americans to live as reported by U.S.A Today, we at the Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (BCCI) and the Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce (GDBCC) would like to improve upon the city’s current support of African American organizations and initiatives.

     Upon taking a closer look at the city’s budget for the past 3 years as it pertains to memberships and publication, the city of Decatur spends, less than 0.01% with current African American Publications and Organiza-tions. We at BCCI and GDBCC believe that Diversity and Inclusion is very necessary and important to bridging gaps and working together to change the climate of the city. In supporting the African American Organizations and Initiative it gives a great sense of inclusiveness and shows value of the works being done within the city of Decatur.

     We must all understand that we are working to make Decatur a better place by working in our specific areas of expertise. We are asking the city of Decatur to seriously consider supporting each African American organization and publication listed in this letter financially according to the membership fees. The Greater Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce The Decatur Branch of NAACP The Metro Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois Inc museum The Chambers Publication Looking forward to your response soon.

     Respectfully submitted,

Anthony Corey Walker, President Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Inc. Normal, Illinois 61761

Neglected Maintenance Can Cause Vehicle Damage, Car Trouble

Dear Editor,

     Many people don’t realize the consequences of putting off needed vehicle maintenance. Not only can neglecting vehicle service cause safety issues if ignored, but it can lead to costly repairs down the road. With nearly 80 percent of vehicles needing service, a new part and/or repair, chances are your vehicle could use some extra attention.

     The non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop stalling and start following a vehicle service schedule, keep a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide in the glovebox and perform the following common routine maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle running at its best.

     • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

     • Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.

     • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

     • Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.

     • Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such as defrosting.

     • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation. Be sure to fully inspect your vehicle annually, including performing a tune-up and wheel alignment. If you suspect there is a problem, don’t stall and address it quickly before minor repairs become more complicated, expensive repairs.

Rich White, Executive Director Car Care Council, Bethesda, MD

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