Savanna VFW 2223 needs help in locating the oldest living veteran in Carroll County.
We have launched a search for this person, but we need your help. They may be a father, grandfather, or no relation at all. They need not be affiliated with any Veterans organization - Just a Veteran.
We have already found one person over 90 years old, so your person of interest must be at least 90. If you know of such a person, you may drop off or mail the information to the Savanna VFW 2223, 406 Main St., Savanna, IL 61074.
Please enclose the name, address, phone number and some proof of Veteran service - a DD 214 would be great. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
It would be a great privilege to speak with this person about the changes they have seen in their life, and share that with the residents of Carroll County. Please try to get the information to us prior to May 15. They will also be honored at our Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
Thank you for your assistance in this search.
Commander, VFW 2223
Raw Milk Regulation Unwarranted
Editor’s Note: The following letter is to the Division Chief of the IL Dept. of Public Health Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies.
Dear Ms. Lamb,
I strongly urge you to immediately discontinue pursuing the new regulations proposed by the Raw Milk Steering Committee to restrict the sales of raw milk which are absolutely unnecessary. You are doing a huge disservice to thousands of residents of our state, both consumers and producers, to whom raw milk has been a true blessing.
I am the local Dixon area chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation www.westonaprice.org which is dedicated to restoring nutrient dense foods to our diets based on the research of Dr. Price. A primary campaign of the foundation is working toward universal access to safely produced raw milk. My family and I have been purchasing raw milk from local farmers for around 7 years, and we would not go back to drinking pasteurized milk...ever.
One cannot overstate the health benefits of raw milk. According to www.realmilk.com it has a “five-fold protective system destroys pathogens in the milk, stimulates the immune system, builds healthy gut wall, prevents absorption of pathogens and toxins in the gut and ensures assimilation of all the nutrients.”
The above site also states the following: “So powerful is the anti-microbial system in raw milk that when large quantities of pathogens are added to raw milk, their numbers diminish over time and eventually disappear.” This innate system can be overwhelmed however, therefore it is not recommended to obtain raw milk from confinement dairies, or raw milk that is produced under unsanitary conditions. Keep in mind that pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat inferior milk due to poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods, the KEY here and why I mention it is that modern methods make pasteurization unnecessary for public protection if one chooses to consume it.
Because of these abandoned production methods and problems from the early part of the century, health officials are highly biased against raw milk. Published reports reflect this, which leads to the public having negative preconceived views on raw milk. I believe this bias leads to unfair treatment of raw milk. All food consumption inherently carries some degree of risk. Many foods are implicated in foodborne illness including pasteurized milk. Incidently, leafy vegetables accounted for the most illnesses and poultry accounted for the most deaths (19%) in this recent publication http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/attribution-1998-2008.html
Very often raw milk is blamed for an outbreak of illness without proof. Many would argue raw milk is actually safer than pasteurized milk. I feel that the health benefits far outweigh the risks and I am willing to accept responsibility for that choice. More importantly it is my right to make that choice.
The current regulations in IL regarding raw milk are sufficient. Nothing is broken here. I am uncertain why the IDPH is pursuing this, but looking at those who comprise the Raw milk Steering Committee makes me wonder if public health is their true agenda. Raw milk sales are growing, while conventional milk sales are dropping. Is it possible this is a motive for some to push for restricting raw milk sales?
These regulations will not make raw milk safer, it will only make it more difficult and expensive to attain, as well as putting needless burdens on small farmers who add to or make their living this way. Let us not forget the burden on taxpayers to finance the increased regulations.
Why can’t officials have an open mind, read the studies, listen to anecdotal evidence and let this alone? Aren’t there bigger fish to fry? My mind keeps coming back to a book title by Joel Salatin: Folk’s, This Ain’t Normal! Throughout history traditional societies have consumed and reaped the benefits of unadulterated, unpasteurized milk, that is normal!
Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor is from an email sent to Rep. Jim Sacia and Sen. Tim Bivins.
I think I talked to you about this last time it came for a vote. I believe we have to tie the loss of property value (EVA) to levies. We are at a dangerous tipping point in this state, already way past decent balance. I’ve had a good inside look at how the spending and levies work, as well as the attitude of those handling municipal money. We can not allow the balance to continue to tip further toward the government and away from the private citizen. Our spending should directly mirror the finances of the average home that supplies our money. It may seem harsh, but it is by far the better solution to running people out with unreasonable taxes. Every taxing body I know of is constantly looking for ways to GROW – GROW – GROW. Often the growth would never pass a referendum, especially if the public were told the truth about retiring bonds, tax rates, etc. Please vote to control levy growth when the home owners are suffering loss of home value.
I realize many elected officials say they can not survive with out the continued growth. Well, if they can’t, perhaps they could resign; I suspect there are folks in the community that can get the job done!
The private folks have become the skinny kid trapped at the top of the teeter totter. The fat kid laughing at the bottom (the public sector) will see the skinny kid leaving the state of Illinois looking for a better playmate!
Thank you for your consideration,
President, Lena Community Park District
‘Renewable’ Energy: At What Cost?
I am so utterly astonished that yet another zoning board (Lee County) is probably going to allow Mainstream Renewable Power to destroy more lives. What is it that they can’t seem to grasp about proven damage to homeowners’ health and peace of mind, property, property values, wild and domestic life?
Haven’t they read when brave individuals come forward to tell their stories of how drastically their lives changed when those monstrosities began to turn? I pray that when the members of the zoning panel open their windows at night to breathe the fresh spring air and listen to the night sounds, they will think back about the people who won’t be able to do that, thanks to them. Of course, in their superior understanding of what’s good for the masses, they won’t consider the cost to those of lesser numbers.
Why is it that they believe the wind companies—that have unlimited funds compliments of the taxpayers—and not the expert testimonies of appraisers who say property values can drop as much as 40%? Is it because they live far enough away that they won’t be affected? How can they hold their heads up when they are hurting so many?
Let’s beat a dead horse: slaughter of birds and bats, ice throw up to 1500 feet, loss of the enjoyment of one’s home, headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, feeling anxious, loss of property value, possible damage to the water we drink due to rusting of rebar and deterioration of concrete used to stabilize them (even though Mr. John Martin of Mainstream assured me the rebar has a “special” coating that won’t allow for rusting). Water wears down solid rock, but won’t wear down that “special” coating.
We’ve lost so many freedoms—now we’ve lost our only refuge—our homes.
Morrison Council Corner
April 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm the Morrison City Council met. In the absence of Mayor Drey, Dave Rose was Mayor pro tem. Blean, Hayenga, Thorndike, Sullivan, Zuidema, and Wood were present. Connelly was absent. Other City representatives present were Public Works Director Tresenriter, CA Wise, Clerk Schroeder, Attorney Zollinger, Engineer Gronewold, Chief Melton and Officer Workman. (Also a full house of residents.)
I had corrections for the MBAG meeting minutes. I listened to the tape of the Feb 7, 2013 meeting. CA Wise took the minutes. He added things to the minutes that were never said. Discussed were concerns for safety in the downtown. There are 2 temporary 4 X 6s used as a prop holding up the lintel beams on 103 W. Main that have been there since Key Builders left the project. When the weather is dry they shrink so do not support the building properly. “Need for better building code enforcement” was never stated by anyone during that meeting…especially not by me! Attorney Zollinger said the group has to approve and accurately document their own minutes. I asked city Clerk Schroeder to note the correction in our April 8 council minutes to take care of it.
CA Wise took the minutes for the April 25, 2013 City Council meeting and left out an entire discussion the council had about the Energy Supply Agreement for the Sports Complex. After much discussion the council asked to have Mike Mudge attend our April 8, 2013 meeting to present more information. He did attend. The council approved a contract for 24 months with Rock River Energy. Since the meeting is recorded on tape for Mediacom, it should be no trouble to recheck for accuracy.
Roger Martin from Da Bar was asking permission to be open May 19, 2013 for a benefit – council approved. Kevin Kuehl asked council to approve a request for special use an area for Therapeutic Equestrian Center within 1.5 miles of the city and it was approved.
After several people made public comments, the council approved a motion to accept change to the scope of work for IDNR grant returning to the full authorized amount of $390,700. There is an additional $10,000. I voted no. The council overlooked the information Harvey Zuidema presented - the entire grant was not presented in proper order. The Public hearing was done after the paperwork was signed. This has not happened on any other decision. The city has already spent money with Tim Long, CA Wise, attorney fees and engineering and we are told it will not cost the city a dime.
It was advised by CA Wise that if the project looks like it will go over the allotted grant amount/the funds the Friends of the Parks have raised, the work will stop. I don’t know how that will happen, because the RT/DOC-5 Certification Statement states, “I do further certify that the project, if approved for funding, will be completed in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Recreational Trails Grant Manual and that the City of Morrison, IL has the financial resources to initially fund 100% of the proposed project costs within the timeframe imposed by the Department of Natural Resources for project execution prior to receiving grant reimbursement.” Doesn’t that mean the project has to be completed in order for the city to get reimbursed by the state with grant money? So if the work is not completed, does that mean that the city will have to pay for everything that is done on the trail???? (Maybe minus the money the Friends of the Parks donate?) Someone correct me if I am wrong?.?.
Blindsided again: CA Wise brought Ken Crane in to discuss, (then interrupted himself and the meeting to sign the contract for the electric aggregation – unprofessional), Crane Project Management for Building Inspection Services to provide building inspection services with a retainer of $15,000 a year. Then CA Wise argued that I said we need code enforcement in our city. I never said that - I discussed safety and I was very upset that he was saying I said something when that is not true. Shouldn’t the property owners be taking care of their own properties? I asked Mr. Crane if he was with Key Builders when they worked on 101/103 W. Main. He was the project manager. I asked if he was building inspector if those buildings would be safe to be in right now. He said the city ran out of money so the project was not completed as first planned, but no answer to safety. Michael Blean asked for Mr. Cranes’s credentials. Sarah said we didn’t have enough time to decide. The council decided to table any decision until our next meeting because we have not had enough time or information to make that decision.
We need to put together a plan as a whole for the city. Mr. Crane has no idea as to what our city needs right now and neither does the council. The city council has not sat down together and made plan…another case of lack of communication.
The Administrator wanted the approval of the Tentative Fiscal Budget for 2013-14 saying that it exists -needs to be approved by the deadline… neither CA Wise or Attorney Zollinger could answer the question as to when the deadline was. I wanted to wait because every one of the candidates at “Meet the Candidate” stated that streets should be the city’s top priority and there is only $40,000 budgeted for streets for this budget. Sarah said she wasn’t comfortable about what was budgeted ($15,000) as income from the Gaming Tax. Leo said a resident feels the city is looking to get into a fiscal situation so they can create a park district. The tentative budget was approved with me voting no.
Even though there are lots of things that need to be changed, a Public Hearing for the Fiscal 2013-14 Budget will be held at 6:50 pm on April 22, 2013…at the Whiteside County Board Room. You can go to city hall and look at the proposed budget and bring you concerns to your aldermen prior to this meeting. Then attend the hearing to make sure your issues are addressed. The Regular City Council meeting will immediately follow on April 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
A Morrison Taxpayer
By Jim Sacia, State Representative, 89th District
I know the lady very well. I worked with her in the House as a fellow State Representative for seven years before she was appointed as the Director of Healthcare and Family Services. I am of course referring to Julie Hamos.
We see the world very differently. Her philosophy, as I see it, is to keep doing all she can so more and more citizens receive Medicaid. Why does it alarm me so? Since 2000 Illinois Medicaid rolls have more than doubled from fewer than 1.4 million to 2.8 million. That’s more than one in five of every citizen in Illinois. Here is what is so scary - once a person becomes a recipient of Medicaid they seldom are removed. In many cases when people move out of state they still receive coverage.
There is definitely a rat in our Medicaid system. After much screaming and hollering (okay - better said after much encouragement) an audit was conducted. Of the 20,500 recipients screened, the outside auditors recommended the removal of 13,709. That’s two thirds of the first group screened. They were determined to be ineligible for the services they were receiving. In some cases they made too much money to qualify, in others they no longer lived in Illinois.
Director Hamos, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune on March 31, said these were “low hanging fruit”. That’s a term used often in Illinois government to describe “a tremendous grasp of the obvious”. My anger comes from why wasn’t the low hanging fruit eliminated months or years ago. Why did a long demanded audit have to find it? This is classic Illinois government at its finest. Do you have any idea of the millions of your taxpayer dollars that are wasted in such a poorly run system? Neither do I, but I assure you it further reinforces the fact that Illinois does not have a revenue problem - it has an acute spending and fraud problem.
You do understand folks, that Medicaid is now your most expensive cost in Illinois government costing you roughly $15 billion per year? Several years ago Medicaid surpassed Education as our number one expense.
Under Obama Care, we stand to add an additional 500,000 citizens to the rolls in Illinois. That number includes 174,000 who have not yet enrolled but are deemed eligible plus another 342,000 who will gain eligibility under Obama Care.
One might ask the question, why has this been allowed to happen? One might argue, and take this from one who has fought diligently and without success to advance bills that require drug tests for welfare recipients and photos on Link cards that we never want to challenge those wallowing in the government trough. After all, they do vote. I can see the e-mails already; how dare you challenge those in need? No, I challenge the fraud.