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'A little life is not a little loss'       Send a link to a friend

To the editor:

I am the mother of stillborn twins. Please help me in recognizing that "a little life is not a little loss."

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. One million families annually in the United States are affected by this. Stillbirth in particular accounts for one out of every 100 births. It is an epidemic, and sadly there is virtually no research being done.

Dr. Jason Collins (http://www.preginst.com) is the leading researcher of cord accidents, a major cause in stillbirth. According to his research there are many warning signs a pregnant woman can look for. As a second-time mother, I had never been informed of these warning signs. Most women aren't.

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In addition, we as bereaved families are currently in battle. Arizona is the only state that issues birth certificates for stillborn babies and grants their families a tax credit.

Please help shed some public light on this painful subject. Spread the word about the warning signs to pregnant women and save lives. Spread the word to the legislators and help bereaved families know that their children are considered human beings by law.

Oct. 15 marks the International Wave of Light. Bereaved families will be lighting candles at 7 p.m. in remembrance of the babies we have lost. http://www.october15th.com/

Jeska Vannoy

(posted 10-7-04)

Treasurer-comptroller merger urged       Send a link to a friend

Dear Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn:

This letter is a follow-up to our brief discussion last Friday, Sept. 24, during your visit to Lincoln. Thank you for including Lincoln in your tour.

Thank you once again for all of the constructive change that you have been responsible for during your many years of public service. The first and probably most important was your successful effort for the constitutional convention in 1970, your successful effort to reduce the Illinois state legislature by one-third, your formation of CUB (Citizens Utility Board) that represents the public interest regarding all utility rate increases and other related issues, and term limits for elected officials. (Citizens for Justice Inc. collected over 2,200 signatures locally for your term-limits effort.) You have always demonstrated a willingness to be a strong advocate for the public.


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It is because of your belief in "trust the people" and your willingness to circumvent the Illinois state legislature by your leading petition drives and collecting authorized signatures from the public. You then could place volatile issues on the ballot so the voters, and not the politicians, could vote on what is best for them.

Because both the present treasurer and comptroller favor merging their two offices, we believe the time is right to allow Illinois voters to vote on a constitutional amendment to combine these two offices. Can we count on you to lead yet another petition drive for the merger of the treasurer and comptroller offices?

Best wishes always,
Citizens for Justice Inc.
Lester C. Van Bibber III

(posted 10-1-04)

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