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Updated: December 27, 2012 6:07AM

Hospital thanks
benefit supporters

The Valley West Community Hospital Auxiliary acknowledges the businesses that contributed to our Harvest Moon Dinner Dance on Nov. 3. We are very grateful to the continued support of local businesses and organizations. Their ongoing support will not be forgotten. Due to the generosity of our table sponsors, as well as those who donated items for our silent auction, the auxiliary raised almost $11,000. This money is designated for the auxiliary’s commitment toward the new patient wing and will also support our annual Healthcare Scholarship Program.

A special thank-you to our Harvest Moon Sponsors who donated $1,000: Anesthesia Associates, Aurora Radiology Consultants, Doctors of Emergency Medicine of IL S.C., Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and Valley West Community Hospital.

Blue Moon Sponsors who gave $500 were Comprehensive Therapeutics, and Dr. David & Ellen Faulk.

New Moon Sponsors who gave $250 or less: Aishling Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. William Asihene, Penny Blue, Allison Bryan, Dr. Rajewari Chandra, Dr. Dilipkumar Dharkar, Terry & Karen Duffy, Jim & Marilyn Elliott, Cindy Johnston, Mike Larson, Lou Jean Moyer, Mike & Jenelle Muzzillo, Dr. Jagdish Patel, Lori & Dean Peterson, Kevin & Patti Poorten, Dave & Kim Proulx, Marcy Rubic, Chris Sarver, and Steve & Jane Wolf.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we hope we can count on your support next year. To learn more about Valley West Auxiliary, please call 815-786-3704.

Jana Kingston

Volunteer services coordinator

Valley West Community Hospital


Football shouldn’t be
at head of the line

So the Sunday, Nov. 18, front page headline’s story is a criticism of the East Aurora School District lodged by the football coach.

Oh, he played for the Chicago Bears and gave up time from working at his vending company to coach the kids. Well big whippity snort!

He disrespects our school administration and speaks disparagingly of our students and residents. He thinks in return for coaching the team, he should have been given an administrative position in the district.

Does he want to coach the team or not? If he wants to coach the team, do it, be a good role model, work within the limits of our school system, and keep your private business with the school system private. If he wants a high-profile, well-paying high school football coach administrator job, look elsewhere.

Maybe when he was a kid here, football was important. Those days are gone. Football is expensive, it is dangerous. Soccer and basketball seem to be the games of choice. These teams have a level of success, and both encourage exercise routines that set kids on a path for lifelong fitness.

We have many big concerns focused on preparing the entire student body for the challenges that life will bring as they reach adulthood. The budget is stretched as tight as possible. Many issues could have been handled better, but we are dealing with them now. It is absurd to think that football should be pushed to the head of the line for attention and resources.

Lisa Heinz


Moneyed interests
can buy the U.S.

Thank you to all in Kane County who voted for the advisory question on Nov. 6 that called to amend the Constitution to limit the use of corporate, special interest, and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office.

The majority of voters in Kane County voted “yes” for the advisory question, 74.3 percent. People voted “yes” to show their disgust for the enormous amounts of money in politics that corrupts our government through the richest among us buying influence from our politicians. It is projected that $6 billion was spent on all federal elections in 2012. No matter to what party we belong, most ordinary citizens are united in their disapproval of unlimited, vast amounts of money being spent on elections. The Supreme Court’s Jan. 10 decision called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allows for corporations, millionaires, billionaires and unions to give unlimited amounts of money to super PACs.

This allows the corporations and super rich to be all powerful over the vulnerable and people who do ordinary things like buying cellphones, taking medicine, protecting their kids and trying to earn a decent wage in order to take care of their family.

The Supreme Court’s decision is allowing the moneyed interests to buy the United States of America.

Kaye Gamble

Sleepy Hollow

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