Letters to the Editor: January 23, 2013

Memorable Day For Illini Marching Band Also

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the University of Illinois Marching Illini, I want to thank all of the people of Pana and those that organized the Labor Day festivities for our warm reception while in your beautiful town.  Our visit and performance was filled with gracious thank you’s along with red carpet treatment.  We certainly hope you enjoyed our performances throughout the day and please know this was a memorable day for us.

Our sincerest thank you and best wishes in 2014!

Sincerely,

Professor Barry L. Houser

Director of the Marching Illini & Athletic Bands

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Over 250 Christmas Baskets Given To Area Families

Dear Editor:

Pana Christmas Basket Committee would like to thank all who helped make the 2013 Christmas baskets a success.

Over 250 baskets were given to families in the Pana area.

Again, we say thank you to all who gave money, food supplies and their time with helping pack and deliver baskets. We apologize if we unintentionally left someone off of the list.

Donations: Pana Walmart, Brett Henschen, Joe Coleman, Terra Kasch Memorial, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Pearson, Mark Shelite American Family Ins., Bob Ridings, McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana Rotary Club, Pana Monument, Roadrunner Lawn Ornaments, Presnell Brothers, Countryside Campers, Pana Family Dental Dr. Clark, Morrell Auto, St. Patrick’s Church, Pana Knights of Columbus,

Siegert-Lees Insurance, Dr. Joseph Marcin, Pana Dairy Queen, First National Bank of Pana, Gerald Porter, Christer Save-A-Lot, Pana Medical Group, Trexler & Co., CPAs, Pana Elks Lodge 1261, Holthaus Heating & Appliance, Beyers Chiropractic, Pizza Man, Harold and Marilyn Endris, John Bohannon, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Klay, Pana Bait Company, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Downs,

Peggy Bryson, Dennis Kaiser, Al and Sarah Stupek, Vicki Gullion, Pana Lodge AF & AM 226, Peoples Bank & Trust, Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Pana VFW Post 4431, James and Susan McElroy, Larry and Barbara Stolte, South Fork United Methodist Women, Don and Marcia Allen, Kitchen Class FUMC, Fred and Karen Suey, Charles Smith, Nazarene Church, Helen Hill, Bernice Merrifield, Dave and Diane Slater,

Grissom-Schmitz Realty, New Life Community Church, Loyal Order of the Moose, Travelers Protective Association, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Wiss, Floyd and Constance Virden, Scott Fribley, Jane McMillen, Anonymous, John and Denise Orton, Diane Hildebrand, Community Presbyterian Church, Rosalie McLeod, Linda Kehias, Ronald and Kathleen Cochran, Bob and Peg Velliquette, Dr. and Mrs. Quizon,

Rosemary Voudrie, Bruce and Jerry Wieneke, Tom and Lorraine Jones, Wally Downs, Pana Lions Club, Marion and Beverly Smart, Stanley and Nina Elvers, Peoples Bank & Trust employees, Dr. Robert Wooley, Joe McCracken, Dorothy Hrabak, John Metzger, John and Mary Scott, Lincoln School students and staff, Washington School students and staff, Pana High School and Pana Junior High students and staff, Heritage Health,

Delta Theta Tau, Jerry and Linda Jordan, United In Faith Church Women’s Fellowship, Mary Pugsley, Castle Apartments, Mark Handy Transport, Quad County Home Health & Hospice, Peoples Bank & Trust donation box, Gale McRoberts, Deb Zueck, Bob and Rose Zueck, Dave and Peggy Dively, Hickory Estates, Pana McDonald’s, Pana News-Palladium, Phil Dressen Realty, Wanita Lucas, Prairie Farms Stark Dist., Eric Denton, Castle Concrete, United Pentecostal Church.

Sincerely,

Sue Castle and Ron Sims

Co-Chairmen, Pana Christmas Baskets

Letters to the Editor: November 21, 2013

Need To End Proration

Dear Editor:

During American Education Week (November 18-22) we should pause to honor the teachers, support staff and administrators who work tirelessly every day to help students learn. It is also a time to reflect on the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education.

We continue to see great success in our schools despite tremendous challenges. Our schools face greater accountability than ever before. We are also implementing the new common core curriculum. Yet we have less time and money to meet those challenges.

Illinois ranks 50th out of 50 states in support of education. This point has been driven home the last month with the Pana School Board facing the issue of whether or not to close Jefferson Middle School. They didn’t want to do this, but the only other choice left was to cut programs like music, physical education, art and increased class size. Imagine how tough your family budgets would be with 89% of the amount of money you made three years ago. How would you survive? That is what the State of Illinois has asked school districts across the state to do. General State Aid this year has been prorated at a little less than 89% of the FY 2011 amount. This is forcing school districts to make difficult decisions and decisions that are affecting our children’s future. This isn’t fair to our students. The only way to stop this if for our State Legislature to end the proration of general state aid. I am asking all of you to contact your legislators and urge them to end proration. We owe it to our children to fund education properly!

Sincerely,

Paul Donahue

Pana Education

Association President

 

More Notes On Common Core

Dear Editor,

Just a little more information about what’s happening in our schools.

Everything your child does is being tracked. There are points of data that are being collected on your child and shared with the federal government. Data such as, their medical history, disciplinary records, bus stop locations and times.

You may have thought parental rights gave you the power of consent for this data to be collected and shared. In fact, you really have no say in the matter. You may think that is as far as they will go. They won’t be asking your child’s religion or your political preferences. But, you really have no say in that either. The system can be expanded as deemed necessary.

Once again, you as a parent have been removed from the equation. The federal government is in charge of what your child will learn and consequentially what he will be prepared to do with his or her life. Do you really trust the government with this information? Can you be sure that this information will not be shared on purpose or not. Is the information secure? Look at the problems the new healthcare laws are encountering. It is a federal program that is already being hacked because it is not secure.

If you are concerned about this or would just like more information about it please feel free to contact me at teacher3@consolidated.net or call 217-820-4540. There may be a way out of this.

Sincerely,

Jean Crosby

Pana

Letter to the Editor: November 14, 2013

Common Core Teaching Program A Disaster

Dear Editor,

There is a growing discontent among us about our schools and what is being taught in them. We see all sorts of stories on the news about Common Core; data mining, regimentation of lessons, and tests, tests, tests. It is hard to decipher what is true and what is not. However, it is easy to blame the teachers, the superintendent, and the School Board. But who is really responsible for this mess.

Here are some facts that I encourage you to check out. First, Illinois is one of the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core Standards. They have replaced the Standards that Illinois spent millions and millions of dollars writing and rewriting, testing and re-testing since 1985 when this began.

The Common Core Standards were written by two Washington D.C. trade based organizations, The National Governors Association and The Council of Chief State School Officers. They worked with a progressive non-profit organization known as Achieve. Their report is entitled Bench Marking for Success. This effort was funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Think Windows).

These two facts are enough to make me begin questioning this process. You see as far as I can tell, no one – not one of these well educated important people – have ever taught a five-year-old their numbers and letters. Not one has actually faced 25 six year olds and taught them to read. So why does every Kindergarten and first grade teacher in 46 states have to teach to the standards that they came up with? What makes anyone think that these people know what a five-year-old should be taught? They have titles but no experience.

Interestingly, all the tests that have been developed to test The Common Core Standards have to be done on a computer (think Apple) and most of the curriculum materials for teaching to the tests are provided by Achieve, Inc. Someone is getting very, very rich and powerful in this scheme.

Illinois adopted The Common Core Standards before they were completely written. Why? Money. The federal government allocated $4.35 billion dollars for the states that adopted the standards and participated in Race To The Top. Race To The Top replaced No Child Left Behind which wasn’t working either. Illinois did not get any money from Race To The Top. But what they did get was The Common Core Standards.

Now, your children from Kindergarten through high school are being taught based on a nationalized, standardized curriculum written by a bunch of inexperienced strangers in Washington, D. C. Your teachers, your principals, your superintendent and your school board has nothing to say about what is being taught to your children. They had nothing to do with the implementation of this curriculum. Neither did your legislators. Your voice was never heard. They sold your children’s education. Now what are you going to do about it?

Sincerely,

Jean Crosby

Pana

 

Pleased With Lower Gasoline Prices

Dear Editor,

What a joy it is to have some competition at the gasoline pumps in Pana.

In the 13 years we have lived here, each and every one of the gas stations in town have been perpetrating a practice of “price fixing” on the people of Pana. Finally we have some competition in the marketplace.

The new Sunny Mart Citgo station, across from the Family Video, is not part of the conspiracy. As a reward to them, I have become one of their loyal customers. I hope others will follow suit.

Price competition is the American way! Thanks to the new owners of the Sunny Mart Citgo.

Sincerely,

Roland R. Carlson

Pana

(Editor’s Note: This letter was received prior to the announcement of the Sunny Mart Station’s closing. – TL)

Letters to the Editor: September 26, 2013

‘Dumped’

Puppy Found Home/Love

Dear Editor:

We would like to thank whoever dumped a blonde beagle/golden retriever mixed puppy on our land near Tower Hill in November 1999.

We named her Peyton. She was a very sweet dog and she melted our hearts.

Peyton lived for 14 years, until we had to put her to sleep after a melanoma was found in her mouth. We wanted to bury her on the land but we could not.

I hope whoever dropped Peyton off on our land will see this and remember her (the dog they dumped). We thank you for the joy she brought us. She has been truly missed.

Sincerely,

Nancy Leach

Owaneco

Letters to the Editor: September 12, 2013

Thanks To All Who Helped With Benefit

Dear Editor,

Last month, on August 14, the home of Kimberlee Morrison and her family burned, causing a loss of most, if not all, of the 4 boys’ property that lived there.

We started an initiative immediately following to try to raise a little extra money and some donations to get the boys their school supplies, clothing, and possibly even some of the fun stuff they lost in the fire. I was personally blown away by all of the love and support this project received.

Thank you to all of the donors who helped raise money by donating their products and services to be raffled: Mary Katlin Photography, Morrell Auto Service, Holly Stark Photography, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Dairy Queen of Pana, Pizza Man of Pana, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center-Medical Records Department, Pizza Hut of Pana, BP of Pana, Flat Branch Farms-Assumption, Candy’s Flowers and Gifts, Hair Designs II and Pana Masonic Lodge.

And,  a big thank you as well to the people who helped make our fund raiser possible: Danielle Semro, Donna Howse, Mitzi Holland, Linda Dust, Laura Mentzer, Erika Matthews, Amanda Harmston, Leandra Fry, Christy Hocq, Rachel Reatherford, Ruth Rigdon, Angie Worker, Jamie Reinstorf, Betty Puckett, Maggie Rhodes, Tanya Keller, Rebecca Reinstorf and Erin Jones.

It is my hope that Pana will continue to come together to help one another and boost the town reputation by leading by example.

Sincerely,

Sarah Golden

Pana

 

Jesus Loves You Ministry Benefits Community

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter to inform our community about the NPO Jesus Loves You Ministry. I recently became a volunteer. I have found that many people in our community are not aware of what this organization consists of and how much it benefits the community.

Stacey Shallenbarger established this ministry. Stacey is a reformed drug addict. She was addicted to drugs, including meth and the manufacture of meth. She completed an in-patient drug treatment within three months. She then committed herself to a nine month program at the Shadow House in Taylorville. It was there that she found the passion to create the Jesus Loves You Ministry.

It is her goal to help others reclaim their lives and leave their addiction  behind. She provides transportation to anyone living in Christian County to court dates, probation appointments and any in-patient or out-patient drug treatment in surrounding counties. The ministry provides love, support and encouragement to the addict and their family in their time of need. Stacey is available to give testimonies to schools, churches and other organizations.

We are all aware of the widespread drug problem. We are very fortunate to have this organization in our community. Since this organization is a non-profit, funding is based on donations and fundraisers. I’ve witnessed the generosity from this community in time of need. With more funding, Stacey would be able to provide more services and cover areas outside  of Christian County.

With this information, I hope this community will once again pull together and get on board to support Jesus Loves You Ministries.

For information, you can visit the website at: jesuslovesyouministriescentralillinois.org. If you would like to be a volunteer you can contact me at 217-820-1037 or barbara.tipsword@yahoo.com.

If you would like to make a donation, mail it to: Jesus Loves You Ministries, P.O. Box 222, Taylorville, IL 62568 or in person to Stacey at 217-827-7392.

Sincerely,

Barbara Tipsword

Pana

Letters to the Editor: August 22, 2013

Asks Public To Support ‘Friends of the Parade’

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the citizens of Pana and the surrounding area.

On behalf of the Pana Labor Day Parade Committee, I would like to say “thank you” for the tremendous support of the “Friends of the Parade” so far this year.

However, we still need your help in funding this year’s parade. If you enjoy this Pana tradition, now and in the future, please consider supporting the “Friends of the Parade” campaign if you have not done so yet.

Besides the normal great line-up of the parade, this year’s parade features the University of Illinois Marching Band. Many of you will remember the 1991 and 1993 appearances of the Marching Illini in the Labor Day Parade. It was a great honor to have them march here then and it will be an honor to have them back this year.

Not only will the Marching Illini be in the parade, they will also give a free performance at Brummett Field at Pana High School at 2:00 p.m. on Labor Day Monday. So, not only do we need your financial support, we also need your attendance at this performance. Let’s fill the bleachers on both sides and ring the football field to show these musicians our appreciation and support for coming to Pana and hopefully consider coming back in the future.

How special is this appearance? The Marching Illini are performing only three times outside of the U of I campus and Illini football games. One of those performances is a halftime show at a Chicago Bears game.

It is also special due to the “ties” the band has with Pana. Brian Pastor of Pana, son of Debbie and the late John Pastor, is a member of the band and Theresa Steiner, Pana School Music Director, was a drum major for the Marching Illini in 2010. Ms. Steiner, along with John Metzger and Carol Chandler – who were instrumental in getting the band here in the 90’s – are to be commended for their efforts in making this appearance of the Marching Illini possible.

The Parade Committee’s goal is to “wow” the 350-member Marching Illini Band members with some great Pana hospitality. From the time they get off the bus until the time they get back on, we want them to feel welcome in Pana. The Parade Committee’s two biggest responsibilities are providing transportation and lunch for the band. The committee has been working hard to make sure the lunch is an enjoyable one for all of them.

Cheer on the Marching Illini at the parade and be sure to attend the performance at 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at the football field.

And please be generous in supporting the “Friends of the Parade” campaign. Send your check to “Friends of the Parade, P O Box 200, Pana IL 62557. You can also drop off your donation at the Pana News-Palladium office, 205 S. Locust St., Pana. You can also give your donation to any Parade Committee member.

Sincerely,

Jim Downs

Chairman

Pana Labor Day Parade Committee

Letters to the Editor: June 13, 2013

Save The Roseland Theater

Dear Editor,

I decided to make an appeal to the community on behalf of all of our children and grandchildren who have and will in the future get to go to our historic theater in downtown Pana.

Our community is very lucky for a small town in that we have a hospital, a swimming pool, and a theater of our own. Very few small towns can count themselves so lucky!

I for one think keeping one is as important as keeping the others. We don’t have to buy gas to drive out of town to see a current movie. We can take our kids and grandkids right here and I dare you to find a better deal – even in your own home.

I have heard it said we shouldn’t be helping a business stay open. Well why not? When you consider this is also a Pana landmark and if people are staying in town to go to the movies they are also staying in town to eat – and maybe even run by the store on the way home. Tax dollars staying in Pana – what’s wrong with that?

Pana has a Facebook page with over 4,000 people on it. If each one gave $10, the goal would be met.

Don’t know how to get on to Kickstarter to donate? Ask a friend. I bet you know someone who does. My family loves this theater and we hope you do, too!

Sincerely,

Cindy Emerick

Pana

 

Another Supporter of Theater

Dear Editor,

This is a Letter to the Editor to join in the appeal to save the Roseland Theater.

The Roseland has always been a historic jewel we otherwise would only read about and see pictures in such magazines as American Movie Classics. This theater features a full stage draped in deep red velvet like curtains, an orchestra pit and walls enhanced by elegant, oblong lights encased by glass frosted with etching of art deco design. The seats are aged with a ribbed crushed velvet of the same color as the stage curtains. There is a balcony, and once there were ushers with flashlights who regularly patrolled the aisles to ensure the quiet and safety of the audience.

As a child, I recall my mother taking me to see “High Society” starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly. I was in total awe of the environment, as was my mother, for who this was a special luxury. When I was old enough to walk from North Elizabeth Street to the Roseland, I would walk with someone to a Saturday matinee. In those days, the Tanners of Pana owned and operated not only the Roseland, but the Pana Drive In Theatre.

So many view the theatre as sin. As with many venues, film and media can be used to enhance and inspire us or deter us. Historically, film was intended to educate and inspire. The Roseland makes a perfect setting for a showing of “The Passion of the Christ,” a professional production of “Heaven’s Gates, Hell’s Flames,” or any style of crusade meetings, both in seating capacity, acoustics and environment.

Thank you to Jeff Eisentraut for initiating this effort.

Sincerely,

Linda Hagood

Taylorville

Letters to the Editor: June 6, 2013

Committee Thanks Police, Fire

Departments, Community

Dear Editor,

The Pana Parks Revitalization Committee would like to thank the Pana Fire Department, Pana Police Department and the Pana community for their outstanding support of the 1st Annual Guns VS Hoses Charity Basketball game held Saturday, June 1. Our organization was chosen as the charity for the first year of this fundraiser.

Special thanks to Kyle Anderson, Tim Christer and Adam Ladage for their leadership of the event.  They came up with the idea and presented it at our April meeting, made all the arrangements and did a superb job organizing the entire day.  Thanks to the Fire and Police Departments, their families and other volunteers for their participation and support of the events.

Thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who helped to sponsor Tee shirts: Brunner Auto Supply, Inc, C & C Sanitation, County Market, Downs Motors, First National Bank of Pana, Gullion Rental Properties, Ishmael Insurance, Jansen Heating and Air Conditioning, Jason Cloe Plumbing, Joe Coleman Salvage and Demolition, John and Jackie Metzger, McCracken Dean Funeral Home, Morrell Auto Service, National Bank of Pana, Nohrens Hardware, Pana Community Hospital, Pana Family Dental, Pana Medical Group, Pana Monument Co, Peoples Bank and Trust, Pizza Man, RP Lumber, Sav-Alot, Siegert Lees Insurance, Vandalia Mutual Insurance, and Walgreens.

Thanks to the Pana News-Palladium for their promotional coverage of the day, beginning with Krispy Kreme donut sales at the Firehouse and a rib-eye cookout at noon at Sav-A-Lot.  Thanks to Tim and Jennifer Christer and the Sav-A-Lot staff for all of their work on the cookout.

Evening activities moved to Pana Community High School.  Special thanks to Dr. David Lett, Gary Ade and the High School staff for hosting the pork chop dinner and basketball game, to Roger Cothern, Beef Chernisky, and Denny Lynch for cooking the chops, to Andy Macari for his sound and light system, and to Jim Hicks and Sheila Kennedy for the pregame presentations.  Thanks to Ed Cross of WAND and Tim Eddy for officiating the game, and to Heath Spracklen for calling the action.

Especially, thank you to the citizens of Pana, who participated in any or all of the fundraising events of the day.  The funds raised will be used to maintain and enhance our Pana Area Parks.  Your help is deeply appreciated and we look  forward to supporting another charity at the 2014 event.

Sincerely,

Vicky L. Gullion

For the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee

 

Thanks for Contribution

Dear Editor,

Thanks to the Pana News-Palladium for your donation to post-prom.

The kids had a great time and many memories were made.

Sincerely,

Karen Lett

Pana Post Prom Committee

 

C-H Post Prom Grateful

Dear Editor,

The Junior and Senior classes of Cowden-Herrick High School wish to thank all who donated and supported in any way, our Post Prom 2013.

Thanks to you all, it was a huge success.

Special thanks to Pana Bowl for putting up with us all night and going above and beyond as well as Maustell’s, Pizza Hut, Pizza Man, Pana News-Palladium, Pana Community Hospital, National Bank, Marcin Eye Care, Pana Family Dental, Lake Lawn Inn and Subway.

We appreciate your giving spirit. We cannot begin to count the many donations that helped make Post Prom 2013 successful.

Thank you.

Cowden-Herrick

High School

Post Prom Committee

 

Letters to the Editor: April 4, 2013

Pana Chamber Board Supports Referendum

Dear Editor,

After a presentation by George Heintz, Community Bank President of People’s Bank & Trust regarding the Education Sales Tax Referendum for Christian County Schools, we, the members of the Pana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse the referendum.

The vote came following a question and answer session with George at our March meeting

We urger voters in the community to vote “yes” on the referendum when you go to the polls on Tuesday, Apr. 9.

Sincerely,

Pana Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

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Rebuttal To Mayor’s Comments. . .

Dear Editor,

Response to Mayor’s Letter: I feel that I must respond to Mayor Sipes’ letter to the editor dated Apr. 1, 2013 in which he attacked my credibility by saying that only one item in my letter to the editor was correct and the rest was untrue. I did not list any names or institutions in my previous letter but to prove the validity of the facts and figures I feel it is necessary for me to do so now. I have met with both our city clerk and treasurer. Each of them has read my letter to the editor of Mar. 28, 2013 and they told me that the facts and figures are correct.

The two and a half million dollar loan was gotten at First National Bank of Pana at 4.5% interest. Two people received cashier’s checks from the bank for obtaining this loan. Attorney Dan Schuering received cashier’s check number 146511 dated Aug. 2, 2010 for $30,182.10 for closing fees. DePaepe Law Firm received cashier’s number 146510 dated Aug. 2, 2010 for $5,500 for closing fees. A third check was written to Patton and Company P.C. from our city treasurer’s office dated Aug. 4, 2010 check number 000001 in the amount in the amount of $5,000. These three payments totaled $40,682.10 and the money to pay these checks was taken from the borrowed money.

The city treasurer told me about the cost overrun of $130,000 at Paragon Lake and repair of the cross town interceptor.

The deficiencies at the water plant were verified by our city clerk’s office but the nature and type of deficiencies were not known. These deficiencies are supposed to be revealed by the mayor or the water superintendent.

The lack of funds for the $40,000 water filters for the new water plant were discussed at the council meeting on Mar. 25, 2013.

The water bill for the Country Club which is not in the city limits started out at $12,858.24 and was adjusted by the mayor to an inside the city rate of $3,641 without the city council’s knowledge.

The lack of committee meetings has been an ongoing problem. The Planning and Zoning Committee has only met a few times in the last year. This committee is mandated by state statue. To his credit alderman Pierce has expressed his concern about the lack of committee meetings at several council meetings.

Both the city clerk and city treasurer told me they will answer my questions the public may have and will verify the facts and figures I have written in my letters.

Sincerely,

Bill Kook

Pana

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. . .To Which The Mayor Responds

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Mr. Kook’s Letter to the Editor of Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Dear Editor and Pana Citizens:

I have addressed Mr. Kook’s concerns in my letter to the editor of April 1, 2013.  I have discussed his issues with our Pana City Treasurer and City Clerk.  They recommend that if you, the Citizen, would like further clarification regarding Mr. Kook’s concerns, you should contact them.

Mr. Kook, I reiterate, as a city, we need to keep improving infrastructure, city parks, library and other assets.   My motto is, and always will be:  To fix something right the first time and in the most cost effective way.  Our council’s spending has always been based upon the city’s best interests and with fiscal responsibility.

An open door policy and no hidden agendas are of the utmost importance in the Mayor’s office. Pana’s future cannot be built on negativity, twisted facts and half-truths. You, the citizens, deserve positive and forward-thinking leadership. My sincere best interests for Pana always come first.  It has been an absolute honor to serve as Mayor of Pana.  I love this city, and I will continue to fight hard every day to make it the best place it can be.  It’s no secret that we have had problems; every town does.  But, as Mayor, I believe that I have worked well with the council to solve problems that we have had, and I would like the opportunity to serve this community as Mayor for another four years.

Sincerely,

Steve Sipes

Mayor, City of Pana

 

(Because of the proximity of the election, the Pana News-Palladium felt in the interest of fairness, the Mayor be given a chance to respond to Mr. Kook’s second letter. He was given a copy of the letter by the newspaper to do so. Since there appears to be no new ideas or information to this debate, these will be the last letters on the subject unless there is some new information provided.)

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Supports Writer’s View On Water Issue

Dear Editor,

Im writing this in support of Mr. Kooks letter. Having sat in on almost every council meeting for the past year, he is saying is all true.

And as for the front page of Monday’s paper even I can tell its fake. What some people won’t do to keep the status-quo.

Sincerely,

Steve Mashburn

Pana

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Sales Tax Will Benefit Pana/Christian County

Dear Editor:

The citizens of Pana and Christian County have some very important issues they will be voting on in the April 9 election.

One of those issues is the 1% sales tax that will benefit the Christian County schools for infrastructure needs. This 1% sales tax is a fair way of providing additional funding for our schools. The passage of this measure will considerably help the schools of Christian County to provide for some immediate needs.

I firmly believe that the citizens of Pana can have great confidence in the Pana School Board to be good stewards for the additional funds.

I have children in the Pana school system. I firmly believe a vote for the 1% sales tax should be considered an investment into their future. In order for us to provide for our families, we must put forth some investments to continue to move forward. In order for Pana to move forward, an investment for children’s education must be made.

A yes vote for the 1% sales tax is one way we can make this happen.

I implore the citizens of Pana and Christian County to vote yes on the 1% sales tax for Christian County schools. This is the most sensible way to help provide additional much needed funds.

I also suggest all voters to write your State Representative, State Senator and Governor of Illinois. We need to educate our General Assembly that the decisions they have been making in Springfield are not beneficial for our children’s education. If we all were to band together and vote yes, April 9 we can make a difference. If we all write that letter to our State Representative we can also make a difference.

Sincerely,

Mike Foster

Pana

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Supports 1% Sales Tax For Schools

Dear Editor:

As a concerned landowner and parent of school-aged children in Christian County, I am writing in regards to the county-wide 1% sales tax that will be on the ballot April 9. With the declining financial condition of our state, our school funding is being cut to a point that Pana school district will be in the red in less than three years and other school districts in our county are already fighting cuts to try to balance an already defeated budget.

Our schools have been neglected far too long and we can help by passing the 1% County Sales Tax for our schools. This is not a permanent fix to our severely depleted schools’ budgets, but it will help sustain our schools until our state can become accountable for their finance obligations. This tax money is only allotted for operations and maintenance which will then in turn, free up financial spending for our districts to use for curriculum enhancement.

As a farmer and landowner, about 70% of our real-estate tax bill is paid towards schools. This tax is a way to lessen the future burden of the landowner and ask all responsible citizens to pay equally.

School districts and hospitals are two of our most important assets in sustaining our community. We need to show our support for our young children which are the future of our community.

Please vote YES on April 9, by passing the 1% County Sales tax for our school.

Sincerely,

David Dorn Jr.

Farmer/Landowner

 

 

Letter to the Editor: January 31, 2013

Control Of Assault Weapons Troubling

Dear Editor:

I personally find the assault on assault weapons troubling.

I recently watched Vice-President Joe Bidden telling us how much more efficient a double barrel shotgun was than an assault rifle. He was telling how much harder it was for a trained or untrained person to use an assault rifle than a double barrel shotgun.

If you were worried about looters or home defense in the event of a disaster such as Sandy, you should just go out and buy a couple boxes of shotgun shells, that is if you already have the shotgun.

My question to Joe Bidden is, “If you believe this is true, then why are you and your liberal democrats trying to outlaw assault rifles and double barrel shotguns?”

Another question I have for the anti-gunners is, “If gun control is effective in preventing crime, wouldn’t Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. be the safest cities in America to live?” These three cities have the most stringent gun laws in the nation and some of the highest crime and murder rates.

Gun control does not work and never will because criminals do not observe the law, that is why they are criminals. Gun laws only affect honest law abiding citizens and lessens their ability to defend themselves.

Adolf Hitler once said, “As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of children, the people happily will endure almost any curtailment of liberty.” I think we are getting a taste of this tactic by the present administration. Harsh words I know, but that is the way it looks to me. They are using anything they can muster to their advantage to get these restrictive gun laws passed, including children, in the heat of the moment before people stop and think about what they are doing. New York Governor Cuomo has done just that in pushing the recent gun law through so fast.

Remember this, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it on to our children in our bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed down for them to do the same. I wish I could take credit for those words, but Ronald Reagan said them first. I shouldn’t need the governments approval to own an AR15 type assault rifle if I want one.

Sincerely,

John Laukaitis

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