Letter: Hope Creek worker urges voters to help those in need


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Posted Online: April 24, 2014, 11:00 pm
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As a 17-year employee of Hope Creek nursing home, I've seen it all; the rich, the poor, families galore and some with no one. We take on the job of caring for these folks no one else wants to deal with.

I hope you can all have some empathy for our elderly, the poor of our county. I encourage you all to dig deep into your hearts and vote yes on the Nov. 4 tax referendum.

We don't ever dream of ending up in a nursing home. Of course, we would all love to stay in our homes until our day comes to meet our maker. Hope Creek residents didn't all have great jobs with great benefits to be able to set aside for an unforeseen future. Some have had to sell their homes to be where they are; to never go home again. All they had is gone except for a bed in a nursing home. Just what they envisioned their future to be, I'm sure it wasn't that way.

Now we want them to worry about if their so-called home is going to be taken away from them.

Private nursing homes have a very low percentage of public aid/Medicaid patients that they have to take in; please think about that when you maybe don't want to vote yes for the 13 cents a day increase on your tax bill.

You could be next ...

Then what?

Julie Young,
Moline
















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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