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Dear Editor:

I want to publicly thank Police Chief Rich Montcalm for all of his hard work and dedication to the Healthy Communities Partnership and the city of Lincoln. I have worked with Rich for six years, and in that time I have learned how committed and dedicated he is to the people he serves.

The Healthy Communities Partnership is losing an important element of our successful accomplishments. For the past seven years, Rich has been a member of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force, with the last two as a co-chair. He has been a member of the Senior Issues and Domestic Abuse and Violence Task Forces, and he has worked with the Healthy Families Task Force on educating the community about the Safe Haven Law.


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While serving on these task forces, Rich has assisted the Healthy Communities Partnership in striving toward our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health and quality of life of all residents of Lincoln and Logan County.

Each of the task forces will miss his knowledge and expertise. I know I am going to miss him. Good luck, Rich!

Kristi Lessen
Healthy Communities Partnership

(posted 8-6-04)

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To the editor:

On July 15, 2004, the U.S. Senate voted 78-15 to approve legislation that grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strong and effective authority to regulate tobacco products. This legislation is a longtime priority of public health advocates and presents a truly historic opportunity to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives. Currently, the FDA regulates items such as boxes of macaroni and cheese, as well as nicotine patches and gum, but does not have the authority to regulate tobacco products. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in our country, killing more than 400,000 people and costing the nation $75 billion in health care costs each year.


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In the Senate bill, FDA tobacco authority is paired with a $12 billion buyout of tobacco farmers, which would be paid by tobacco companies. Unfortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken a more harmful approach to tobacco policy that does not include FDA tobacco authority and would have taxpayers foot the bill for a $9.6 billion tobacco farmers buyout. A conference committee will work out the differences between the House and Senate versions when Congress reconvenes in September.

The right choice for Illinois kids, public health and taxpayers is for our U.S. senators and representatives to support the Senate legislation and make sure it is included in the final bill without being weakened. Let's end special protection for the tobacco industry and protect our kids and our health instead.

Harold P. Wimmer, CEO
American Lung Association of Illinois

(posted 8-5-04)

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