Monthly Archives: March 2014

Congratulations to Wisconsin Badgers for Making It to the Final Four!

Wisconsin with its win over Arizona has advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.

Good Luck to Wisconsin – Its next game is against Kentucky Saturday night, April 5, at 7:49 pm on CBS. Prior to the Wisconsin game, Florida plays UConn.

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Police Officers Attend Seminar on Issues Facing Our Senior Citizens

20140324-190143.jpgPolice officers from all over Illinois recently attended a week long seminar on Elderly Service Officer Training. Heather McPherson of McPherson Law Offices in Freeport, Illinois spoke to the officers on Guardianships and Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property. As Heather said, “I enjoy speaking to groups and always feel it is a mutual learning experience. The officers asked excellent questions on issues facing them every day when dealing with our senior citizens and their families.”

Tired of Plastic Bags Littering the Countryside – San Francisco and Other Communities Are Doing Something About Them!

20140323-214823.jpgGo down any street in most American Cities and you see old plastic bags along along the streets. Not too many years ago all stores gave you paper bags which would disintegrate in the land fills. These plastic bags will take 1000 years to breakdown in a landfill. Recycling is one answer, and would certainly contribute to reducing the problem. Today only a small per cent of the bags are recycled with rest ending up our landfills and and even in our oceans. San Francisco has banned plastic bags. You go into a store, and you must furnish your own bag or pay a minimum of 10 cents for a compostable or recylable bag. Perhaps, it is time for the rest of the country to follow San Francisco’s example.

What Has Happened to Our Banks – Treating Customers Like Criminals.

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Once upon a time, banks wanted deposits.

Once upon a time, banks paid interest on money deposited.

Once upon a time, bank employees treated customers with respect.

Once upon a time, banks valued their customers and actually made loans to help them buy a home or start a business.

Today, banks don’t care about deposits from customers. In fact they question every check being deposited.

Today, banks treat their customers with contempt as if they were criminals.

Today, banks only make loans so they can sell them and make a profit – they don’t care about helping the local economy!

If you complain about the practices at your local branch bank of Big Bank, Inc., you are told that government regulations are the reason for the banks treating customers like criminals.

Of course, the banks should know a criminal when they see one. You know the old expression, it takes one to know one! If I remember correctly, it was not the average citizen of this country who was responsible for the financial meltdown in 2008. It was caused by greedy bankers and crooked stockbrokers on Wall Street – not people on main street.

By the way if you complain, Big Bank, Inc. will just tell you to leave and take your money with you. Of course, you will be charged an exit fee for early withdrawal!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground.

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They’ll be wearin’ the green at the Freeport City Meeting on Monday, March – Let’s Just Hope They Won’t Be Spending the Green!

Meeting at 6:00 pm 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd floor – watch live on Comcast Channel 17.

Items of interest:

2nd reading of ordinance on litter caused by handbills and newspapers – It’s about time something was done about these unwanted papers.

1st reading of ordinance to extend date for implementation of rental ordinance to June 2, 2014. Rules will be suspended and this will be voted on at the meeting. See posting on March 13 in regard to this ordinance. The extension and general implementation issues remind one of Obamacare!

Purchase of two Zoll Cardiac Monitor Defibrillators for fire department at cost of $59,030.40.

See complete agenda at
http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/citygovernment/Agendas/A20140317.pdf

If you get bored, listen to Wearing of the Green at
http://www.ireland-information.com/irishmusic/thewearingofthegreen.shtml

Freeport School District 145 Uses Public Funds to Promote Proposition on Ballot to Raise the Sales Tax 1%

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The mailing to the households in the District a few days before the election is a blatant attempt by this District to influence the election on Tuesday.   The superintendent and her cohorts through this mailing misrepresent and distort the facts.   This mailing does not even attempt to educate the public in an unbiased way presenting both sides of the issue. 

When did appointed administrators have the right to tell us at our expense how we should vote?

Shame on the School Board for permitting such conduct.

Here’s the Illinois Statute dealing with election interference.   You decide if the law has been violated!

§ 10 ILCS 5/9-25.1. Election interference

    (a) As used in this Section, “public funds” means any funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly or by any political subdivision of the State of Illinois.

    (b) No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated for political or campaign purposes to any candidate or political organization. This Section shall not prohibit the use of public funds for dissemination of factual information relative to any proposition appearing on an election ballot, or for dissemination of information and arguments published and distributed under law in connection with a proposition to amend the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

   (c) The first time any person violates any provision of this Section, that person shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Upon the second or any subsequent violation of any provision of this Section, the person violating any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.