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Updated: February 9, 2013 6:08AM

A blessing for Aurora

No homicides in 2012. How wonderful to read the report in The Beacon-News.

Thanks and credit go to the Aurora Police Department, other law enforcement agencies, the schools, the city administration and whoever else had a part in this effort.

Several years ago, Father David Engbarth and Pastor Dan Haas were holding prayer vigils at all homicide sites. Family members and friends would gather, and prayers would be offered to God for protection of our city and our police officers, and to ask for guidance to make Aurora a safer city.

Pastor Haas has also been faithful every year, walking from Orchard Road on the West Side of Aurora to Route 59 on the East Side, praying for the school districts, nursing homes, United Way, City Hall and the Fire and Police Departments. Members of this walking group were praying for all who are involved at these sites, and for a city that would have reduced crime.

Even though Aurora did not have a homicide in 2012, let us continue pray for our Police and Fire Department, the mayor and the City Council, that God would give wisdom, and protect and continue to bless Aurora.

God is good, and He hears and answers our prayers.

Ray C. Anderson


Abortion counts

The current “No murders in Aurora in 2012” headline is a misconception.

There were many aborted babies by Planned Parenthood in 2012. Regardless of the twisted law the reality is that there were many murders in 2012. These innocent children should be part of the statistics.

Until the laws are reversed and Planned Parenthood’s procedures on abortion are stopped Aurora is not the city of life!

Steve Jerwers


The true killers

I’ve read so many letters sent in about assault weapons that I’m getting dizzy reading them. It’s true that the deaths in Connecticut are heartbreaking and I truly understand everyone’s heartache.

But so many people are missing the real issue, moral decay and or mental illness in our society. People are the problem! Everyone is blaming “assault weapons,” which are not even available to the public. What is happening is the anitgunners and the general media are using “assault weapon” for sensationalism because it helps sell their cause or their print better.

Of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, firearm homicides is number 10. Number 9 is non-firearm homicides which is over 16,000, and the leading weapon here, according to the FBI, is a baseball bat.

Number 4 on the list is alcohol abuse with an average of 107,400 deaths per year. Number 1 is tobacco use with 529,000 per year, and causing us billions in medical care. Why aren’t the American public and our government screaming at the top of their lungs over this?

The simple answer for the general public is they like their booze and cigarettes, vanity and complacency. The answer for the government is tax revenue, and anyone who doesn’t believe that has both eyes shut.

Dan Pantalone


Women and cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. As a leading women’s healthcare provider, advocate, and educator, Planned Parenthood of Illinois urges women to take steps to protect themselves against cervical cancer.

Every year, about 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and roughly 4,000 women die of the disease.

The good news is cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable. Vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) — which causes cervical cancer — is the best way to ensure that women and girls are protected against this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for girls aged 11 to 12.

For women aged 21 to 64, routine Pap testing is crucial for detecting cervical cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage — most often before cancer even develops. When caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ health center in Aurora offers routine cervical cancer screenings and the HPV vaccine. Last year alone, we provided nearly 750 cervical cancer screenings to women in Aurora.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is proud to be the nonprofit healthcare provider for more than 60,000 people in Illinois. We work every day to keep women and men healthy, and our doors are open to everyone.

Carole Brite

President and CEO

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

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