Last week I got the opportunity to meet Candidate Eric Reyes who is running for U.S. Congress in the Illinois 17th Congressional District. What caught my attention is his stance on the issues and the financial burden this country is facing.
He was up-front, specific, and steadfast of his views and didn’t talk vaguely or quietly about them in fear of my dislike. After meeting Eric, I realized that he is the best option we have if we want a representative that will, thick or thin, stand by the Constitution and defend our rights and liberties.
I remember him repeatedly saying that “the best promise of economic prosperity is by securing Americans’ rights and liberties first.” For more information on his campaign or positions check him out at www.ericreyes.us
Mount Carroll, IL
Support Our Veterans
After reading the Carroll County Board news in the Prairie Advocate Oct. 9, I have to take issue with the Carroll County Board’s attitude towards the Carroll County Veterans Assistance Commission. In particular the comments made by board Member Rod Fritz were the last straw for me.
In the past I’ve heard comments that really hurt me and all veterans in this county by Rob Fritz. One comment in particular comes to mind was when he said that that the county should not have to assist the veterans as they volunteered to join the military and go off to war. He said that it was their choice and it was on them. I’m guessing Mr. Fritz may be too young or never paid attention in the early grade school history classes to learn about the Draft. If he did know about it, he’d know that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which created the country’s first peacetime draft and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency. If he did pay attention, he’d know that many of the veterans in Carroll County were not “volunteers”, they had to go by law.
The Draft was done away with in 1973 and now our military is all volunteers and if volunteers do not step up to the plate, the Draft could be reinstated again. But volunteers have always played a big part in our country’s history. Every war since the Revolutionary War was supported by volunteers. If it were not for volunteers, we may still be a part of England or speaking German or Japanese or God knows what. Our veterans deserve the support of everyone in our County as well as our Country!
The last straw for me was reading the comments made by Mr. Fritz where he stated “Maybe you need a more productive person doing the job,” and went on to say, “In my opinion it should all be set to zero,” referring to the VAC budget.
Our VAC Commissioner Claude Lease is one of the most productive people in that position I’ve ever seen here and in other counties. Just in the month of June, through his tireless efforts, he was able to get awards for Carroll County Veterans consisting of:
$46,000.00 in back pay and a new pension of $1,613.00 a month for one disabled veteran. Another disabled veteran was awarded $9,000.00 and a new monthly pension of $1,278.00 a month. A third disabled veteran was awarded $5,000.00 and a pension of $968.00 a month.
Those veterans, who were injured defending our nation in a war, are now spending that money in Carroll County which is a plus for the County which the board does not seem to take into consideration of what the VAC actually does. The VAC does nothing but good for the veterans who sacrificed so much when they were called by the Draft or if they volunteered. They deserve special treatment for their sacrifices!
Throughout the world, Military veterans often receive special treatment in their respective countries due to the sacrifices they made during wars. Veterans are subject to illnesses directly related to their military service such as PTSD, Agent Orange, wounds received in combat and much more. War veterans are treated with great respect and honor for their contribution to the world and country by their own nationals.
I am a Vietnam War Veteran, and yes I volunteered just like my ancestors did in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World War II. Everyone in this County is or has a relative that is or was a veteran. It may be a father or mother, a brother or sister, an uncle or aunt, grandparent, or whatever; we are all connected by this. We cannot let our veterans down as the country that does not respect and support their veterans is the county that crumbles and falls.
I hope that all of our Carroll County citizens remember this at the next election and vote for county board members that support our veterans. Support out Veterans at the polls!
Paul Mayer Commander,
Post 148, American Legion Quartermaster, Post 2223 Veterans of Foreign Wars
Lanark Celebrates ‘Friends of Libraries Week’
October 20-26, 2013 is the sixth annual celebration of the National Friends of Libraries week, making it a good time to publicly thank the Friends of the Lanark Public Library who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services.
Our Friends group began February 17, 2005 and over the course of the past 8 years the group has donated over $100,000 to cover costs associated with children’s programming, special collections, summer reading prizes, storytellers, E-books, as well as a major donation to the new library at 111-B South Broad Street. In fact their most recent donations include a yearly subscription to purchase large print westerns and a special collection of gardening books.
Over the years the Friends have raised funds through auctions, dinner dances, Pie on the Porch, Farmers Market book sales, selling shirts and book bags, co-sponsoring garden walks, Muffins in the Mall, Shop Hop, and the ever popular and successful used book store Twice Sold Tales, located in The Special Touch’s Unique Mall, 504 W IL Rt. 64, Lanark.
Additional activities of this willing and active group of volunteers are, Old Settlers Day parades, snacks for library programs, publishing various public relations materials, sponsorship of the Memorabilia Show for the Sesquicentennial, hosting the Rally Round the Library Day, holding educational and recreational meetings, active member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving luncheon and tailgate dinners, hosting Business After Hours, plus involvement in a plethora of other community events.
I know that the new Lanark Public Library is a source of pride for our community. Our Friends group is a source of pride as well. I encourage you to consider a yearly membership for $10.00 or $150.00 for your lifetime. You can join either at Twice Sold Tales or at the Library. Please step forward, join the Friends and become a volunteer at Twice Sold Tales.
The Friends of the Lanark Public Library should be congratulated for hosting and sponsoring so many successful events that were a real asset to Lanark. I hope this week everyone will call or visit the library to find out how they can join and support this outstanding group. We look forward to welcoming you to our circle.
Janie Dollinger, Director
Lanark Public Library
The Difference Between Bustos & Schilling
I am a Bobby Schilling supporter and have been ever since I met him in 2009. The following are reasons why I supported him then, and I support him now.
1. Bobby is a sincere gentleman who is pro-life, pro family, and a strong Christian. Bobby believes in the sanctity of life and sponsored bills to defund America’s largest and corrupt abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
Bustos voted against the Unborn Pain Capable Act that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. She is unwilling to compromise on abortion even when the “little one” can feel pain.
2. Bobby did not take advantage of the cushy health care provided by government when he was a Representative, but kept his family’s insurance with its $10,000 deductible, as he promised he would if elected.
Bustos said we have to accept ObamaCare as law of the land and then voted to keep Congress exempt from ObamaCare so she could keep the taxpayer subsidized cushy health care plan they have. She is keeping the taxpayer funded pension plan.
3. By August of his first year as Congressman Bobby held 22 town hall meetings.
Bustos has had 0. She had three closed door meetings with 15 (what she called) “thought leaders” and no one was informed of who they were.
4. Bobby slept in his office.
Bustos bought a $700,000 condo
5. Bobby has voted for budgets proposed by Congressman Ryan .
Bustos has not voted for a single budget, but said she would accept the “No Budget No Pay Act.” She is still accepting a paycheck.
6. Bobby was told that as a Freshman Congressman he could not get on the House Armed Service Committee. He made 20 phone calls, and Congressman Shimpkis informed him that he was accepted on the House Armed Service Committee. His first meeting after the election was with Arsenal officials and they told him that they had been trying for 12 years to get three provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act . Within 4 months after being sworn in Bobby was able to get provisions passed out of the committee, through the Senate, and signed into law by the president Those 3 provisions increased the attraction of business by naming it a Center for Industrial Technical Excellence and the Arsenal now has no limits on public private partnerships (it was only 8) and its ability to bring jobs to this area.
Bustos did not even show up to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act. At the time the vote was taken she was adoringly flying around in Air Force One and campaigning.
We have an important election coming up in November 2014. We can continue to support a person who does not meet with her constituents, doesn’t seem to care if this country operates under a budget , does not support the military, is taking advantages of taxpayers by living a luxurious lifestyle in Washington, and has no concern for the unborn child...OR...we can support Bobby Schilling who is a true American who cares about the Constitution, does not take advantage of the taxpayer, cares about the military, cares about the unborn child,and operates in a manner that supports the laws of this land.
My choice is Bobby Schilling.
Sandra V. Whalen
As early as 2009, people who had a basic understanding of concepts like “insurance” and “mandatory coverages” began sounding the call that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, would be anything but affordable, and a dead weight on the economy. We are watching as the President’s promise, “If you like your healthcare, you can keep it” becomes a comic line. Not only are people losing the coverages they liked and could afford, some are seeing their hours reduced from fulltime to 29. Some are even losing their jobs. Small businesses, faced with a 7-foot high and growing pile of regulations and huge fines, have a choice of laying off employees or closing their doors.
When Jimmy Carter was President, “Misery Index” was created to describe the grim economy. But the press cannot be so honest today. Obama is their man. Valerie Jarrett, who runs the White House, planned this government shutdown months ago. Obama and Reid would not budge, though Republican demands lowered from Obamacare repeal, to delay of the individual mandate, to mere inclusion of the Executive Branch and the Congress in Obamacare. Congress gets a 70% subsidy of their premium costs. They’re “special!” Too bad for you!
6:30 pm October 24th , Northern IL Tea Party will meet at 302 W. Main Street Rockton. David Hale, candidate for Congress, and other candidates will address us and take our questions. Doors open at 6:00 and the public is welcome.
Northern IL Tea Party
By Brian Stewart
IL State Representative, 89th District
As I sit here thinking of what to write for my first official column as State Representative, a few things come to mind. First I cannot begin without acknowledging Jim Sacia and recognizing the many significant contributions he has made to this region over the past forty years.
I first met Jim thirty-four years ago when he was an FBI Agent, and I was at the Sheriff’s Department. Through the years I came to know and respect him as we worked many cases together. As a veteran, small business owner, farmer, school board member, county board member, FBI Agent and then our State Representative, Jim’s resume was matched only by his charisma and his character. There is no doubt that Jim worked very hard the past eleven years serving Northwest Illinois. Though some of you may not have liked his opinion, there was never a question as to where Jim stood on issues.
Now I can already hear a few of you thinking that this column is simply to praise Jim Sacia. Well, it is in part. Public service sometimes is a thankless job, and I can assure you Jim always fought to serve the greater good of our State. There is no doubt that he will continue to do so in whatever his next endeavor will be.
After being in office the past two weeks, I can tell you I am honored for the opportunity to represent the 89th District. I intend to bring strong leadership to Springfield and will fight for our values and way of life. I have received many messages of personal congratulations and would like to thank everyone for those. It truly is a humbling experience.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, I have lived in Freeport my entire life. I attended Freeport High School and enlisted in the United States Army thereafter. I served on Active Duty as a Military Policeman and as a Military Police Investigator. Shortly after leaving Military Service I was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and continued my law enforcement career with the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Police. I served as a Deputy Sheriff, Investigator, and as Sergeant.
During my time with the Sheriff’s Department I started my first small business on the dining room table of my home in Freeport. What started as a way to make some extra money for my family, I rapidly expanded into a growing business. As the first business grew, it led to many other opportunities in a variety of services as well as the eventual start-up of several other companies.
I have also been actively involved in community organizations such as United Way, Rotary, AMVETS, Farm Bureau, and numerous other activities. Additionally, I have been involved in various political campaigns throughout the state.
I intend to put my experience to work for you and want you to know that I am here to represent all of the citizens of the 89th District regardless of political affiliation.
Next Monday I travel to Springfield for the first week of Fall Veto Session and am looking forward to helping solve the problems of Illinois. It will not be easy, and I welcome your input. I end with a quote by Abraham Lincoln especially in light of the enormous pension problem we shall deal with: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”