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DIXON | THE CRUNDWELL AFTERMATH
Tax relief would stress city Lowering property taxes could set city back years, finance director says BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – With $40 million in settlement money, Dixon could decide to lower property taxes, as many residents have suggested, but doing so might not be best for the city’s financial future. The idea was suggested during an October town hall meet-
ing, which sought residents’ suggestions about what the city should do with money it will recover from an out-of-court settlement and sold assets from Rita Crundwell’s estate. In total, Dixon will receive about $29.7 million – after legal fees – from the settlement reached in September with its former auditors and bank. Additionally, the city expects
about $9.2 million from the sale of Crundwell’s assets. Because of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law – also known as the tax cap – Dixon is limited in how much it can raise its tax rate each year, by the lesser of either 5 percent or the change in the Consumer Price Index, Meyer said in an interview last week. The CPI change in 2010, 2011
and 2012 was 1.6, 3.2 and 2.1 percent, respectively, meaning that Dixon could have raised property taxes by, at most, 3.2 percent in the past 3 years. Lowering the city’s property tax levy is a possibility, Finance Director Paula Meyer said, but not something she recommends. Doing so would set the city back, depending on how much rates were lowered, any-
where from 6 to 233 years in terms of revenue, she added. If the property taxes were reduced by 10, 50 or even 99 percent for just one year, the next year the city couldn’t immediately return to the previous year’s rate, Meyer said. It could increase the reduced rate by only 5 percent or the CPI change. TAX CONTINUED ON A2
VETERANS DAY IN THE SAUK VALLEY
‘Our nation will always be grateful’ WWI plaque dedicated at Dixon’s Veterans Memorial Park BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
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Dick Herbon reads a list of 49 names of Lee County soldiers who died in service during World War I. The Lee County Genealogical Society donated a plaque to Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon that was unveiled Monday. The plaque, inscribed with the names, was dedicated during a Veterans Day ceremony. More photos from area ceremonies are on Pages A10-11.
Rock Falls speaker puts a spotlight on suicide BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
ROCK FALLS – A Veterans Day ceremony Monday in Rock Falls had the usual features – an honor guard, flags, taps and a gun salute. But it included something new – a focus on veterans who suffer from depression. Randy Wolber, commander of American Legion Post 902, informed a crowd of about 50 people that more veterans are dying because of suicide than those killed by the enemy.
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In 2010, according to a Veterans Affairs report, 22 veterans died each day by suicide. Wolber urged veterans to get help from the VA or the American Legion if they’re suffering from depression or other mental illnesses. One way to combat such problems, he said, is to let veterans know they are appreciated. In an interview afterward, Wolber, a Vietnam veteran, said he was surprised by the statistic. SUICIDE CONTINUED ON A11
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Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 Commander Randy Wolber reads a letter from Rock Falls Middle School sixthgraders Monday morning during a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. During his speech, Wolber urged veterans who are suffering from depression to get help from Veterans Affairs or the American Legion.
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DIXON – A light rain began to fall on the nearly 100 people who gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday morning, the site of Dixon’s Veterans Day observance. Like other gatherings throughout the country Monday, there was a singing of the national anthem, playing of taps and a 21-gun salute, in addition to speeches from military personnel, veterans and elected officials. State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, told the crowd he saw a fitting tribute in the wet, cold weather, saying that those who served lived and trained in such weather. Maj. Gen. Michael Robert Smith, who is stationed at the Rock Island Arsenal, gave the Veterans Day address. He called for awareness of the nearly 50,000 American military personnel currently stationed in Afghanistan and “thousands more throughout the world.” “On this Veterans Day, let us pause to reflect the sacrifices of all who have put on the uniform to serve in the military,” he said. “From Bunker Hill, during our Revolutionary War, to the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan, there is a long, gray line – or rather a camouflaged line – of service members who have stepped into the breach, during our nation’s hour of need, and did their duty.” More than a million Americans have died while serving in the military, Smith said, and more than 1.5 million have been wounded, some with lasting disabilities. “Our nation will always be grateful for the noble sacrifice made by these veterans,” he said. DEDICATED CONTINUED ON A11
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The years it would take for the city to return to the 2012 tax rate, she said, would put the city in poor financial standing. If the city were to lower property taxes by 10 percent, based on the 2012 tax rate and equalized assessed value of Dixon homes, it would lose $706,070 and take the city 6 years to get the tax rate back to the level in 2012, Meyer said. If property taxes were lowered by 50 percent, Meyer said, the city would lose out on $22.8 million and take 36 years to return to the 2012 tax rate.
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Lowering the tax rate by 99 percent would amount in $418 million in lost revenue, Meyer said, and take the city 233 years to return to the 2012 rate. Instead of lowering property taxes, Meyer has suggested that the city pay down its internal and external debt, as well as setting aside some money and investing in capital projects, which could keep sewer rates, for example, lower in the future.
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The city has received $14 million of the settlement money and expects to receive the rest by Thanksgiving, Meyer said, and could have the money from the sale of Crundwellâ€™s property by Jan. 1. Some of the settlement money, $8.7 million, has already been allocated to pay internal debt. An additional $12.3 million will pay back three bonds early, which will ultimately save the city $3.87 million in interest.
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Col. Mike Durham, a retired Army chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, speaks Monday morning during a Veterans Day observance at Sterling High Schoolâ€™s Centennial Auditorium.
Former West Point chaplain speaks at Sterling ceremony BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
STERLING â€“ How do you define a veteran? That was the question Col. Thomas â€œMikeâ€? Durham asked about 100 people who attended a Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning at Centennial Auditorium. Durham, now retired from the Army, was head chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He proceeded to answer his own question with an oft-quoted response from an unknown author. â€œA veteran is someone who, at one point in his/
her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to and including my life.â€? Durham added that those checks also are signed by the loved ones of those who serve their country. After veterans, by branch, stood for their applause during the â€œArmed Forces Medley,â€? family members were asked to stand while the vets clapped for them. Durham left the crowd with one final message to veterans. â€œThank you for your sacrifices, sense of duty, and service to the nation,â€? he
said. â€œOur country is filled with hope ... because history is shaped by heroes like our v eterans.â€? After Durhamâ€™s speech, Whiteside County Civil Air Patrol cadets gave a demonstration of how the U.S. flag is folded at military funerals. The flag is folded 13 times, with each fold having special symbolism. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are at the highest point as a reminder of the national motto, â€œIn God We Trust.â€? The ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute outdoors that could be clearly heard inside the auditorium, the playing of taps, and a prayer.
ne of the biggest fears about Obamacare is it will make health insurance more bureaucratic. Iâ€™ll leave that debate to others, but letâ€™s make one thing clear: Health insurance is already unnecessarily bureaucratic. Studies have shown that Americans spend billions and billions of dollars each year on health care bureaucracy. I learned about that firsthand. In July, I underwent emergency surgery to correct an intestinal problem. Before the surgery, of course, I received anesthetics. My insurance company agreed to cover the surgery, but not the anesthetics. Say what? I looked at my insurance policy, and it clearly labeled anesthetics as covered. So I called the insurance company. After some discussion with a representative, I was put on hold for a while, then was told the company stood by its decision. I called the next week, and
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a woman told me that the anesthetics should, in fact, be covered. A couple of months later, though, I received another statement from the insurance company that itemized the $2,700 cost of the anesthetics. I had to pay it. I called the company and was told I had to pay because the person who administered the anesthetics wasnâ€™t in network. The hospital was in network, but not this person, apparently. I should have asked the person whether she was in network, the companyâ€™s representative told me. That advice lacked logic. Getting wheeled into the surgery room is one of lifeâ€™s most frightening experiences. Yet,
even though I got presurgical clearance with my insurance company, I was supposed to have had the wits about me to ask whether the person administering the anesthetics was in network. A few days later, I called the insurance company yet again. This time, I was told the anesthetics would be covered. And they were, according to a later insurance statement. The insurance companyâ€™s representatives must have spent at least a couple of hours with me on the phone. What a waste of time and money for our health care system. Many doctorâ€™s offices have a single person whose sole job is dealing with billing issues. Is that an unnecessary expense for society? I think so. Wouldnâ€™t you rather have the health care system focus on, you know, health care? Simplicity could save a lot of money. David Giuliani is a news editor for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at dgiuliani@ saukvalley or 800-7984085, ext. 525.
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MORRISON â€“ Morrison resident John Kuehl has a golf cart and an off-road recreational vehicle that, he says, could be used for transportation in the city. The problem: Theyâ€™re not allowed under city code. For the past few months, Kuehl of Spencerâ€™s Automotive has been trying to change that, asking the city to enact an ordinance that permits street-legal golf carts and off-road recreational vehicles. â€œIt would be more convenient, and itâ€™s a cheaper way to travel because of gas prices,â€? Kuehl said. More and more towns, he noted, are allowing such vehicles, especially because many of them are lowering their speed limits on residential streets. In response to Kuehlâ€™s
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The Morrison City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Whiteside County Board chambers in the County Courthouse, 400 N. Cherry St. For an agenda for this meeting, minutes from past meetings, and more information, go to www.morrisonil.org or call 815-772-7657. request, the city formed a committee to consider the issue. Today, the City Council will look at a proposed ordinance to allow such vehicles as long as they meet certain requirements, such as having brake lights, turn signals and rearview mirrors. Operators must have driverâ€™s licenses and follow child restraint laws. They can drive them only during daylight hours and on streets with speed limits of 25 mph or less. Aldermen are expected to discuss the proposal,
but no action will be taken until the next City Council meeting, Mayor Everett Pannier said. Pannier said he doesnâ€™t see a problem with allowing such vehicles on streets. Alderman Marti Wood said she favored looking into the issue. â€œIt doesnâ€™t hurt to check it out. It could give people an option,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™ll see if it is feasible.â€? Also at todayâ€™s council meeting, members are expected to vote on a change to the cityâ€™s sign ordinance that would allow the Planning and Zoning Board to consider requests for signage. As it is, the council votes on such proposals but cannot act on requests for variances to the cityâ€™s sign ordinance. Under the law, only the planning and zoning panel can do that, Pannier said. With planning and zoning, â€œitâ€™ll make it easier to take care of requests for signage,â€? the mayor said.
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OBITUARIES Norma J. Jennings ROCK FALLS â€“ Norma J. Jennings, 84, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Mendota Lutheran Home. She was employed at National Manufacturing for 15 years. She was born May 11, 1929, in Mill Creek, the daughter of Ira and Lena (Keller) Jordan. She married Virgil Jennings on July 25, 1943, in Jackson, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 11, 2003. She was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include three daughters, Gloria (Pat) Marschang of Tampico, Kathy Bowers of Mendota, and Sandra (Adrian) Jiminez of Sterling; her son, Gary (Jan) Jennings of Elk City, Okla.; her sis-
ter, Mary (Bob) Cunningham of Benton, Ky.; two brothers: Darrell Jordan and Webb Jordan, both of Anna; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a grandson, and a granddaughter. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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Melanie R. Wagner POLO â€“ Melanie R. Wagner, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M., died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Polo. Polo Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
James A. Zinke CHANDLER, Ariz. â€“ James A. Zinke, 35, formerly of Dixon, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Phoenix. South Mountain Mortuary of Phoenix is handling arrangements.
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Clifford E. Boop HANOVER â€“ Clifford E. Boop, known by his close family and friends as â€œPunk,â€? loved tinkering and farming. Surrounded by his family, Clifford passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at his home. Clifford had lived and farmed at his home since 1949. He was 81 years old. Clifford was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Hanover, the son of Clifford and Alice (Paisley) Boop. He attended Hanover schools before he began farming full time. Clifford proudly served his country in the Army from 1950 to 1952. He married Jeanette Elaine Wald on Sept. 22, 1957, in Monroe, Wis. Clifford farmed his entire life, most of it on his current family farm. At a very young age, Clifford was nicknamed â€œPunkâ€? by his father. He continued the tradition by giving nicknames to most of his own family. Clifford and Jeanette were blessed with four boys and five girls. Clifford treasured sitting around the kitchen table visiting and having a cup of coffee with family and friends. He enjoyed tinkering on the farm and
sitting on his lawn swing with his loyal dog, Yipper. Most of all, Clifford loved his family. Clifford will be dearly missed by his wife, Jeanette; four daughters, Laura (Shawn) Connolly of Dixon, Donna (Rob) Pearce of Elizabeth, Mary (Richard) Fowler of Goodyear, Ariz., and Darcy Boop (Paul Wasmund) of East Dubuque; four sons, James (Nancy) Boop, Edward (Gayle) Boop, and Brian (Nicolene) Boop, all of Hanover, and Michael (Krista) Boop of Elizabeth; one son in-law, Bob Weede of Elizabeth; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Angela Weede; and three siblings, Jean A. Weible, Mary Ella Sauer, and Robert A. Diehl. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at LawJones Funeral Home in Hanover. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hanover. A memorial fund has been established. Visit www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Iran, U.S. trade blame over failed agreement Kerry: Negotiations were extremely close DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) â€“ Iran and the United States on Monday blamed each other for the failure to reach agreement on a deal to limit Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions. In spite of the accusations, there was some diplomatic progress as Iran promised to offer more information and
expanded access to U.N. nuclear inspectors â€“ including more openings at a planned reactor and uranium site. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iranian envoys had backed away from a wider deal this weekend seeking to ease Western concerns that Tehran could one day develop atomic weapons. Iranâ€™s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, countered by criticizing Kerryâ€™s remarks, telling an Iranian TV talk show that the Americanâ€™s
â€œconflicting statementsâ€? damaged confidence in the process, adding that â€œconsiderable progress was madeâ€? in Geneva. The flurry of announcements and comments showed both the complexities and urgency in trying to move ahead on an accord between Iran and world powers after the talks in Geneva failed to produce a deal. With negotiators set to resume next week, Iranian officials promoted a separate pact reached with the U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya
Amano as a â€œroadmapâ€? for greater cooperation and transparency, which could move the talks ahead. But the plans do not mention some of the sites most sought by U.N. teams to probe suspicions of nuclear-related work, notably the Parchin military facility outside Tehran. â€œItâ€™s an important step forward, but by no means the end of the process,â€? Amano told The Associated Press in Tehran. â€œThere is still much work to be done.â€?
Western leaders, meanwhile, were keen to display a unified front after reports that France had broken ranks in Geneva and demanded more concessions from Iran on enrichment levels and an under-construction heavy water reactor that produced a greater amount of plutonium byproduct, which could be used in eventual weapons production. Kerry said it was Iran that put the brakes on reaching a first-phase agreement, but gave no details
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BERLIN (AP) â€“ This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean â€“ but what about next time? The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites reentered the Earthâ€™s atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but about 25 percent of it â€“ about 275 kilograms (600 pounds) of â€œspace junkâ€? â€“ slammed into the Atlantic between Antarctica and South America, a few hundred kilometers (miles) from the Falkland Islands, ESA said. It caused no known damage. The satellite â€“ called the GOCE, for Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer â€“ was launched in 2009 to map the Earthâ€™s gravitational field. The information is being used to understand ocean circulation, sea levels, ice dynamics and the Earthâ€™s interior. The satellite had been gradually descending in orbit over the last 3 weeks after running out of fuel Oct. 21. But how much space junk is out there? Hereâ€™s a look:
Space junk flying around the cosmos Some 6,600 satellites have been launched.
ric tons (110 to 165 tons) of space junk re-enters Earthâ€™s atmosphere each year, according to Heiner Klinkrad, the head of ESAâ€™s Space Debris Office. In 56 years of spaceflight, a total of 15,000 metric tons (16,500 tons) of humanmade space objects have re-entered the atmosphere. AP
This is a 1979 file image of Skylab at the end of its mission, when it crashed back to Earth. Skylab was the first United States manned space station, and was launched May 14, 1973. NASAâ€™s Skylab was one of the best-known of a falling satellite, which reentered in 1979. About 74 metric tons (82 tons) hit the Earth, some of it in Australia and the rest falling into the Indian Ocean. Some 3,600 remain in said ESA Space Debris space but only about Office deputy head Hol1,000 are still opera- ger Krag. Statistically, t i o n a l , a c c o r d i n g t o he said, â€œroughly every ESA. Not all are still week you have a reintact, and the U.S. entry like GOCE.â€? Space Surveillance Network tracks some And when it 23,000 space objects, starts to fall ESA said. A lot of junk About 100 to 150 metcomes down unnoticed,
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How fast are we talking? Space junk â€“ mostly satellites and rocket stages or fragments â€“ typically travels at about 28,000 km/h (17,400 mph) shortly before re-entry at about 120 kilometers (75 miles) above the earth, according to ESA. It starts to slow down and heat up in the dense atmosphere. In the last 10 minutes, it hits a travelling speed roughly equal to that of a Formula One racing car â€“ between 200 kph to 300 kph (125 mph to 190 mph).
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on the Iranian concerns and suggested it was only a matter of time before a formula is found. â€œThere was unity but Iran couldnâ€™t take it,â€? Kerry said during a stop in Abu Dhabi. He added: â€œThe French signed off on it, we signed off on it.â€? Kerry told the BBC on Monday that negotiators had been â€œvery, very close ... extremely closeâ€? to reaching a deal with Iran. â€œI think we were separated by four or five different formulations of a particular concept,â€? he said.
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Thank You! I just wanted to take the time to thank all those thoughtful people who comforted my children and I in our darkest hour, with the passing of our wonderful loving and beautiful mother and wife. No one will ever understand just why this took place but it was overwhelming how so many people, relatives and friends from afar as well as the response from our good friends and family near us. The many hundreds of people who came to the visitation and offered to help in so many ways as well as the hundreds of cards that we received from others who just couldnâ€™t get here but wished that they could have. The many flowers and plants were just overwhelming. Also, the food that poured into our home as well as the Eagles club in Rock Falls. In our grief, it was impossible for us to totally keep track of just what transpired in the past days. It is impossible for me to thank everyone who came to our need. I received sympathy cards with only first names and money cards with no names, for those people as well as all of you who helped console my children and I, thanks so kindly from the bottom of our hearts.
Jeff, Jeffery, Shaylyn, Mary (Valâ€™s mother), and all of Valâ€™s family. A special thanks to the professional staff at the McDonald Funeral Home and the Rock Falls Eagles Club.
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Food stamp outreach boosting Medicaid State has received more than 44,000 applications since site launched Oct. 1 CHICAGO (AP) â€“ Although only a few hundred middleclass Illinois residents were able to sign up for health insurance last month on the crippled federal HealthCare.gov website, the poor appear to be having an easier time enrolling in an expansion of Medicaid â€“ and are doing so by the thousands. Illinois is among states expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law. Itâ€™s the state, not the federal government, thatâ€™s overseeing efforts to enroll new clients, and state officials have come up with some effective ways to do it â€“ especially for people already getting food stamps. In late August, Illinois offered â€œexpress enrollmentâ€? to people already receiving food stamps. The state sent a letter to 123,000 food stamp recipients, and received 46,000 Medicaid applications in response.
Separately, health advocates say a new Illinois online enrollment site called ABE has been working well. Illinois has received more than 44,000 applications for Medicaid since Oct. 1 when the site launched. For unemployed construction worker Jerome Davis Jr., signing up through ABE was easy. â€œI made an appointment. Bada bing bada boom,â€? Davis said about the ease of completing an application. â€œUnbelievable.â€? The expansion of Medicaid means heâ€™ll be able to see a doctor without fear of medical bills he canâ€™t pay. The 36-yearold Chicago resident knows he has high blood pressure, but has been unable to afford treatment. He completed an application Friday at Westside Health Authority in Chicago after hearing about the opportunity from an outreach worker distributing pamphlets on the street. Coinciding with the launch
Enrollment counselor Kenya Williams helps Jerome Davis Jr., 36, sign up for Medicaid at the Westside Health Authority in Chicago. For Davis, an unemployed construction worker, expansion of Medicaid means heâ€™ll be able to see a doctor without fear of medical bills he canâ€™t pay. of HealthCare.gov, Illinois unveiled its upgraded online application system for Medicaid, called ABE after the 16th president and standing for Application for Benefits Eligibility, and began actively enrolling people through the site. The $160 million upgrade is being financed mostly with
enhanced federal matching funds, which have been claimed by most states. The contrast between Illinoisâ€™ working technology and the botched rollout of the federal marketplace isnâ€™t lost on the stateâ€™s top Medicaid official, Julie Hamos. When the health law passed
in 2010, the federal government urged states to update their information technology â€œand really get ready,â€? Hamos said. â€œI wish they had told that to themselves,â€? she added glumly, â€œbut never mind.â€? And in a third Medicaid expansion effort, Cook County received federal approval to get an early start on offering Medicaid to adults without dependent children, a year before the rest of the state. That effort has generated 115,000 applications. The state enrolled 52,000 of those applicants and is processing the rest. Obamaâ€™s health care law was originally written to expand Medicaid to people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or nearly $15,860 for an individual. Itâ€™s not clear yet how many new Illinois Medicaid recipients there will be in 2014 under the lawâ€™s expansion of the state-federal health program for the poor. State officials are still verifying the applicantsâ€™ eligibility and they say there may be some overlap in the reported numbers.
Farmers pull land out of conservation Quinnâ€™s tour promotes veterans lottery ticket
Ethanol production fueling the moves COBDEN (AP) â€“ For all its scenic splendor in a mostly pancake-flat state, southern Illinois can be a hassle for farmers. The soil isnâ€™t as fertile as up north, and the hilly terrain lends itself to erosion. Thatâ€™s why so many farmers, like others across the Corn Belt, set aside much of their land years ago to a federal program that paid them to keep it idle in the spirit of conservation. At a time when corn prices were flagging, it simply made sense, giving farmers guaranteed income that helped them cover property taxes and other farm costs. But that has changed with Americaâ€™s increasing demand for ethanol, the fuel additive that since 2010 has been the nationâ€™s top use for corn. The governmentâ€™s push for green energy has changed both the economics and the land of southern Illinois. Farmers are planting more corn in this area known as â€œLittle Egyptâ€? for its place between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and the town of Cairo on the stateâ€™s southernmost tip. In the 10 southern Illinois counties that lost the most conservation land since 2006, the disappearance amounts to more than 43,000 acres, a swath bigger than St. Louis. The pullback from the Conservation Reserve Program has paid off for farmers like Bill Bass, who is unapologetic about what he calls his â€œunbelievable, astronomicalâ€? yields of corn and soybeans on hundreds of acres he farms. Much of it is property that Bass sharecrops with retired farmer Collin Boyd, who pulled it out of
SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Gov. Pat Quinn took part Monday in a rare fly around tour to highlight a new Illinois Lottery ticket benefiting the stateâ€™s veterans. The governor announced the new $2 Veterans Cash ticket at the Hope Manor Apartments â€“ a supportive housing project for homeless veterans â€“ in Chicago on Monday, followed by stops in Peoria, Milan and Rockford. The ticket is the latest component of a program launched in 2006 and earmarks lottery proceeds to veterans. Quinnâ€™s administration says more than $11 million has been AP photos
Bill Bass, 63, harvests corn on acreage near the southern Illinois town of Cobden. Bass is among scores of farmers throughout the region and the rest of the nationâ€™s Corn Belt who in recent years have benefited from pulling millions of acres of farmland out of a federal conservation program and putting it back into corn production, partly to profit from grain prices sent higher by Americaâ€™s demand for ethanol. conservation in recent years and threw it back into production. Neighbors in Union County, along the Mississippi, have done the same, returning nearly 4,200 acres of conservation land to farmland since 2006, the year before the ethanol mandate passed. Corn planting is up 33 percent over that period in a region thatâ€™s always been agriculturally eclectic, home to traditional cash crops, peach and apple orchards, vineyards and pumpkin farms. â€œThe CRP saved a lot of people, and it had its place,â€? said Bass, 63. He asked, â€œWhy shouldnâ€™t the American farmer have more money in his pockets? Am I missing something?â€? It is impossible to specify how much ethanol accounts for the spike in corn prices â€“ and how much those prices led to the Midwest land changes â€“ as farmers enrolled in the conservation pro-
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there has increased 60 percent over the same period. About 300 of those acres belong to Walt Townsend, leaving him with more than 100 still in conservation. But by 2016, he expects just 35 or so will remain in CRP.
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Many glad that gay marriage bill behind them Biggest loser is National Organization for Marriage
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he dictionary defines â€œretiredâ€? as â€œhaving left oneâ€™s job and ceased to work.â€? Students who learn that definition certainly must be confused when they see retired public school superintendents, while receiving their pensions, return to work and get paid hundreds of dollars a day. Adults are likewise a little confused, and with good reason. The Sauk Valley has seen several retired school superintendents reappear in their old schools or nearby schools under the title â€œinterim superintendent.â€? A few months ago, Jane Eichman, who retired as Rock Falls High School superintendent this past summer, took a job as interim superintendent for the Forrestville Valley School District in Forreston. John Rosenberry, who retired earlier this year as superintendent of Montmorency School District,
What we think When public school superintendents can retire, draw inflated pensions, and then rejoin the public school work force, somethingâ€™s not right. The entire system needs an overhaul to promote fairness, responsibility, and sustainability. was hired back as the interim superintendent. Greg Lutyens retired in 2009 as superintendent of the Nelson School District, but was hired back, year after year, as the interim superintendent. With the consolidation of East Coloma and Nelson school districts on July 1, Lutyens became interim superintendent of the combined district. At the Bureau Valley School District, two retired superintendents share interim duties for a second year: Dennis Thompson and James Whitmore. What they are doing is perfectly legal. Superintendents who have retired and collect pensions from the Teachers
Retirement System may work for up to 100 days without affecting those pensions. But the practice sticks in the craw of some people. That is especially the case when superintendents were granted 6 percent pay raises over their final 4 years on the job to inflate their pensions, some of which approach six figures. The incentive was designed to encourage early retirements, which were supposed to provide opportunities for younger, lower-paid administrators to move up the ladder and save districts money. But when retirees take vacant superintendent jobs on an interim basis, and pad their pension
checks with 100 days of employment at $500 a day, for example, the practice defeats its original purpose and rubs many taxpayers the wrong way. We certainly donâ€™t begrudge fair pensions for school superintendents who are really retired. We donâ€™t begrudge paying a decent salary to interim superintendents. But when those people are one and the same, we are troubled. Illinoisâ€™ economy is not what it should be. Too many people remain unemployed or underemployed, yet they still must contribute tax dollars to schools and the pension system. And Illinois public pension system, underfunded to the tune of nearly $100 billion, is in deep trouble. The entire system needs an overhaul to promote fairness, responsibility, and sustainability. And we donâ€™t need to look those words up in the dictionary.
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Itâ€™s possible to tone down the fright factor BRAD POPEJOY SR. Sterling
For a few weeks now, this has been eating at me. A letter to the editor about haunted houses ran Oct. 30 titled â€œScary haunted houses not for young children.â€? Before this person spoke, he should have asked those at the haunted house about how they handle people who come to their haunted house. I donâ€™t know how they handle theirs, but Iâ€™m guessing they have the same policy that was used when I used to be a member of Sinnissippi Rod and Gun Club. When we did ours, if someone came up to one of us and told us they have a medical problem, weâ€™d give them the laid-back tour â€“ where one of us
would walk them through. As weâ€™d walk them through, we made sure no one did something scary. Awhile back, after my wife started having heart problems, we went to a haunted house. I mentioned her heart problem, and we were given what I call the scaled-back tour. You see, these haunted houses arenâ€™t there to make problems worse. They do understand when someone comes to them and says, â€œHey, Iâ€™d like to go through but not get scared because â€Ś .â€?
Earth Angel season marks its 10th year LINDA STRAITH Mount Morris
Earth Angel season is upon us, marking our 10th year, and Earth Angels are wanted for 2013. Drop sites for toy donations or
military mail will be starting the week of Nov. 11 at various locations. Please help bring a little joy into the life of a child in need this holiday season. Earn your Earth Angel wings by sponsoring a child for Christmas. Our goal is to reach out to families currently living in Ogle County (but with your help, no family in need will be turned away). If you know a family in need, even if itâ€™s your own family, please come forward. All information is kept confidential. Whatâ€™s most important are gender and ages so gifts can be bought and distributed accordingly. You can still earn your wings by volunteering to help wrap, pick up, or deliver when the time comes, even if itâ€™s for an hour or two. Together, we can make Ogle County the largest group of bell-ringing Earth Angels again this year.
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The deadline for toys is Dec. 20 at each drop site. Gifts and donations will be accepted at the Mount Morris Senior Center through Christmas. Last year, we reached out to 972 children (62 from military families), and our troops received slightly more than 2,000 pieces of mail. Monetary donations can be mailed to Earth Angel, P.O. Box 188, Forreston, IL 61030, or to Forreston State Bank, Earth Angel Fund, 200 Main St., P.O. Box 278, Forreston. Donations can be made via Pay Pal to Earth Angels Wanted-Fundraiser. Go to our website, www.earthangelsoglecounty.spaces.live.com or Facebook page Earth Angel Granny (Linda Straith), or email earth.angels.oglecounty@ hotmail.com. Questions? Call 815-2917757 and ask for Granny. I believe in Santa still, donâ€™t you? Thank you and God bless.
Perhaps the biggest loser in last Tuesdayâ€™s historic passage of a gay marriage bill in Springfield was the National Organization for Marriage. The group, based in Washington, D.C., has been at the forefront of attempts to stop gay marriage in states throughout the country. A Maine investigation uncovered alleged internal NOM documents about the groupâ€™s strategy that included this passage: â€œThe strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks â€“ two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.â€? The organization tried all that in Illinois, spending tens of thousands of dollars on politically connected consultants and robocalls into black districts in the spring, summer, and right up until the day of the vote, and holding media-friendly events in the black community. The bill wasnâ€™t called for a vote last spring mainly because black House members were overwhelmed by fervent local opposition. In the end, NOM lost badly. Fourteen of 20 Democratic members of the House Black Caucus voted â€œyesâ€? on the gay marriage bill, while just four voted â€œnoâ€? (Monique Davis, Mary Flowers, Eddie Lee Jackson and Chuck Jefferson) and two voted â€œpresentâ€? (Rita Mayfield and Derrick Smith). IRONICALLY ENOUGH, though, other than gay marriage supporters, those who probably cheered the loudest after the billâ€™s passage may have been the four Republican gubernatorial candidates. Theyâ€™ve been hoping this issue would be safely put away, allowing them to move on to their own agendas. They may be right. These things do tend to fade away once a bill is passed. But people donâ€™t always move on. Social conservatives could try to stir up a backlash by demanding that the Republican candidates pledge to repeal the marriage measure. Three of the four candidates are on record opposing gay marriage. The fourth, Bruce Rauner, said he would sign
â€œOpinion and protest are the life breath of democracy â€“ even when it blows heavy.â€? Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. president, 1966
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a gay marriage bill into law only if the public had first voted to approve it via a non-binding referendum. It obviously wasnâ€™t done that way, so he could be forced to answer some touchy questions. State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican candidate for state treasurer, is undoubtedly hoping that the issue fades quickly, at least in the run-up to the spring primary. Cross voted â€œyes,â€? even State Rep. though a Tom Cross spokesman R-Oswego had recently Cross voted told the Sunâ€œyesâ€? for gay Times that marriage, he opposed one of the the bill. But few Illinois been Republicans i t â€™ s to do so. known for weeks that Cross was truly struggling with the issue, both on philosophical and political levels. CROSS HAS A Republican primary opponent, the socially conservative DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan. Grogan hasnâ€™t been much of a campaigner to date, raising little money and garnering few major supporters. But he says heâ€™s not interested in Crossâ€™ vote. Some anti-gay marriage forces are, though, and that could cause him problems. The immediate fear among Crossâ€™ allies is that his gay marriage vote could spark more interest among, and money from, the far right to defeat him. Cross has done a good job so far of rounding up traditional GOP supporters, however, so the calculation was that the vote wonâ€™t be fatal in the primary. Last weekâ€™s vote will, however, take an issue away from Crossâ€™ Democratic rival, state Sen. Michael Frerichs. Cross clearly took the long view, and that could come with significant benefits, including campaign contributions from gay marriage supporters and the ability to paint himself as a moderate and â€œmodernâ€? Republican in the general election. And speaking of Republicans, unlike in the Senate, where the lone Republican â€œyesâ€? vote was more symbolic than essential to the outcome, the three House Republicans who voted for the bill last week helped to provide the margin of victory. Without those votes, the going would have been a whole lot tougher.
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World War II diary finds life online Vetâ€™s son created website to share fatherâ€™s writing BY TIM MITCHELL The (Champaign) News-Gazette
CHAMPAIGN (AP) â€“ Veteran Charles F. â€œChickâ€? Bruns of Champaign wrote a â€œblogâ€? during World War II. Only now is it being published. And with the help of a website created by his son, readers can follow along â€“ 70 years later â€“ with daily entries in his diary, as his unit served in north Africa and Europe, until the warâ€™s end. Brunsâ€™ son, Cissna Park farmer John Bruns, has repurposed the diary into website called http:// www.70yearsago.com â€œMy father is blogging from the past,â€? John Bruns said. Chick Bruns, 94, a graduate of Holy Cross School and Champaign High School, had been selling clothing at Joseph Kuhn & Co. in downtown Champaign when he
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World War II veteran Charles F. â€œChickâ€? Bruns, of Champaign, looks at the medals and patches from his years in the Army. Bruns wrote a â€œblogâ€? during World War II that is only now being published with the help of a website created by his son. decided to volunteer for a year of duty with the U.S. Army. Before that year was up, the U.S. had entered World War II, and Bruns found himself among the first servicemen headed
as part of the Third Infantry Division for the invasion of Africa in the fall of 1942. Bruns and the rest of his unit hit the beaches about 20 miles from Casablanca. Since Brunsâ€™ unit were
combat engineers who did everything from building roads to defusing enemy mines, Bruns rode a truck as the Army moved across the deserts of north Africa. â€œIt was very different
from working at Joseph Kuhn & Co.,â€? he said. Bruns began a diary, where he noted his experiences and emotions each day of the war, from Africa to Sicily, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. â€œA lot of that diary was scribbled as I tried to keep track of what happened,â€? Chick Bruns said. Shortly after arriving in Africa, his ship sank, taking most of his personal possessions. But Bruns happened to keep that notebook and a camera with him when the ship sank, allowing him to document his daily thoughts and experiences until after the German surrender in 1945. Bruns also sent frequent letters back home to his family in Champaign, keeping them up to date on his experiences. â€œI sent back letters as many times as I could,â€? Chick Bruns said. Long after the war ended, Chick Bruns would frequently tell his
war tales to John and his brother, Charles Bruns Jr. John Bruns said those tales left a good impression upon him, and he thought his fatherâ€™s experiences should be shared with the public. So John Bruns began transcribing Chick Brunsâ€™ diary with the intention of converting the text into a book. Since some of the copy was written in pencil on onionskin paper, John met with his dad a couple times a month to ensure accuracy. â€œI sent inquiries to different publishers and never got any interest in a book, so I decided to go in another direction,â€? John Bruns said. When the elder Bruns took part in an Honor Flight last year to the World War II Memorial in Washington, it occurred to John Bruns that October 2012 would be 70 years from the date that his father began his diary. â€œI saw that the domain name 70yearsago.com was available, and off I went,â€? John Burns said.
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Students put memory to music at French Academy App helps students remember â€˜12 powerful wordsâ€™ BY VALERIE WELLS (Decatur) Herald and Review
DECATUR (AP) â€“ Some people find it easier to remember things when theyâ€™re set to music. Thatâ€™s certainly the case with Keosha Barber, a sixth-grader in Tami Robertsâ€™ class at French Academy. â€œI can only do it with the song,â€? Keosha said with a chuckle, and then sang the song her class used to help them remember the â€œ12
powerful wordsâ€? critical to successful schoolwork: trace, analyze, infer, evaluate, formulate, describe, support, explain, compare, contrast, summarize and predict. Because the lyrics also contain the meanings of the words, Roberts said, the students now know the words and their definitions. â€œThose are words that will be on their standardized test,â€? Roberts said. â€œBy putting them to a song and kind of playing with them, theyâ€™re becoming more comfortable, and it will hopefully relieve their testing anxiety.â€? Christine Edwards, an
instructional technology coach for the Decatur School District, guided the kids through the process of making a video on their iPads with their own version of the song. â€œThis year, the staff at French Academyâ€™s been working on upping the level of question and having the kids understand the kind of questions theyâ€™re asking and also having the kids understand the questions theyâ€™re asking of them,â€? Edwards said. â€œSo if a teacher asks them to â€˜analyzeâ€™ something, what does that mean?â€? Robertsâ€™ class shot the
video with all of them singing the song, and used the app Garage Band to put music to it. â€œWeâ€™ve been singing, weâ€™ve been taking pictures, weâ€™ve been recording our own music, and weâ€™re putting the final steps together,â€? Edwards said. The video will be available on YouTube next week, and a link to it will be available on the schoolâ€™s page on the district website, dps61.org. The Garage Band app allows users to choose an instrument, record it playing a sequence of notes or chords, and layer it with other instruments.
Sixth-grader Tesandra Phillips (left) searches for music as instructional technology coach Christine Edwards assists Jaquai Seaton, Quajai Seaton and Mark Sutherland in editing footage for the classâ€™ â€œ12 Powerful Wordsâ€? film at French Academy in Decatur.
COMMUNITY EVENTS Tuesday, Nov. 12 Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Open pool, open cards, open Wii games, and computer lab, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-9236. Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Exercise with Cher, 9-10 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St., 815-946-3818. Bingo and doughnuts, 9-10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-5625050. Morning Whittle, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Line dancing, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Wii Bowling, 313 cards and make-n-take Thanksgiving cards, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Community coffee, 10 a.m. Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Dutch treat gathering, 11:30 a.m., Town and Country Family Restaurant, 1135 N. Galena
Ave., Dixon. Birthday Potluck Lunch, 11:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Bingo, 12:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Ave., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Euchre, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Pinochle, 1 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Euchre 101, 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Wii and Yoga, 1:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Young Adult program, â€œManly Moustaches,â€? 6 p.m., Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third St., 815-625-1370. Bingo, 7 p.m., Sterling Moose Family Center, 2601 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-625-0354.
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Pool players, 8:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th Ave., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Crafting, 9 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Mexican Train Dominoes, 9:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. 313 cards and Wii Bowling, 10 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815562-5050. Sadie Hawkins Day meal, 11 a.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Lifescape lunch, 11:30 a.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815288-9236. Sign up by 10 a.m. previous business day. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815622-9230. Organized Wii Bowling games, noon, Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon. Fellowship dinner, noon, Ashton Bible Church, 702 Main St. Pinochle, noon, Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Sewing after lunch, noon, Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-589-3925. Bingo with the Beukemas, 12:15 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth St., Fulton, 815-5893925. Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230.
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ican Legion Hall, 712 Fourth Ave. Wii Bowling, 1 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Second Wind Entertainers, 1:30 p.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815732-3252. Community cards, 2 p.m., The Meadows of Franklin Grove, 510 N. State St., Frank-
lin Grove, 815-456-3000. Tampico Methodist Church ham supper and bake sale, 4:30-7 p.m., 202 Lincoln Ave. Kings Kids Club, 6 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church, 2002 Ninth Ave., Rock Falls, 815-579-1209 or 815-625-4101. Sauk Valley Chess Club, 7-9 p.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, 815-622-8838.
Sauk Valley Media will be publishing a
â€œLooking Backâ€? section December 31, 2013
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Gay couple might be better off not marrying Dear Abby: I have been with my partner, â€œHarold,â€? for 11 years. After gay marriage passed here in Minnesota, Harold told me he didnâ€™t want to marry me because of my credit rating. I find this insulting and humiliating. Worse, the day marriage equality passed, we were with some friends of mine, and he bluntly told them, â€œI donâ€™t want to marry him because of his FICO score!â€? It was very embarrassing. I have also learned that Harold has been telling anyone he knows some of my private information. What can I say to him to get him to stop revealing things about me to people we donâ€™t know well? I have asked him plenty of
any advice you give me. old may not be the spouse â€“ Frustrated in for you because he isnâ€™t DEARABBY Minneapolis likely to change. !BIGAIL 6AN Couples counseling could "URENS Dear Frustrated: I agree help you decide what to *EANNE that after all these years do next. Inquire at your 0HILLIPS COLUMN you have much time and nearest gay and lesbian APPEARS emotion invested in your community center about DURING THE relationship with Harold. any seminars it offers WEEK THROUGH Although Iâ€™m sure he has for longtime couples on 5NIVERSAL 0RESS many virtues, sensitivthis important subject. 3YNDICATE ity and discretion do not Just because people CAN appear to be among them. marry doesnâ€™t necessarily It would be interesting to mean they should. times not to mention my know if Harold would be private life to others, but willing to marry you if your Dear Abby: Our son he still brings up informa- FICO score improved, or if recently came to us and tion Iâ€™d prefer others not heâ€™s using it as an excuse confessed that three years know. because he doesnâ€™t want a ago heâ€™d had an affair with Should I end the relalegal commitment. a married woman who tionship? I think in some Even if the two of you had two children. He ran way if I do, that Iâ€™ll be bet- did marry, you would still into her recently, and she ter off without him. But have a partner who lacks told him she now has three after 11 years and all that discretion about what children, and the most heâ€™s done for me, Iâ€™d feel should be private. If this recent one â€“ age 3 â€“ is his really sad. Iâ€™d appreciate is important to you, Har- daughter. Sheâ€™s still mar-
ried to the man she cheated on, and our son says heâ€™s still in love with her. We told our son that because she says the child is his doesnâ€™t necessarily mean it is, and if her husband didnâ€™t question the pregnancy, itâ€™s possible the child is her husbandâ€™s. We advised our son to get a paternity test. Our son is now so angry with us for suggesting it that he wonâ€™t speak to us. He said if we canâ€™t support him and the woman he loves, we should stay out of his life. He said she plans to leave her husband. (It has been three weeks and sheâ€™s still there.) I think she was just trying to get our sonâ€™s attention. Was our suggestion unreasonable? We donâ€™t
support this kind of behavior or their lack of morals. The womanâ€™s husband is the only dad this little girl knows, and he thinks sheâ€™s his child. Our son needs to know if this is his daughter. What a mess! What do we do next? â€“ On the Outs in California Dear On the Outs: Your suggestion to your son was not only reasonable, it was the same clearheaded advice he would have received from an attorney. What you do next is ... nothing, except letting him know youâ€™re there for him if he needs you. This is your sonâ€™s affair, literally, and he is going to have to deal with whatever consequences are the result.
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