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Homer 33C Students share appreciation for military members through essays, drawings Honored by Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Nov. 17, 2017

Students share appreciation for military members through essays, drawings

Honored by Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club


A group of Homer Junior High School and Schilling School students were recognized Nov. 17 for expressing the pride they feel for veterans.


The students participated in a Military Appreciation project organized by the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club (HGJWC).

“These students took time to write essays and draw some great pictures relating to their pride of our veterans,” said HGJWC member Cheryl Neylon.


Students were asked to compose a one-paragraph essay or draw a picture about “Pride” as it relates to a family member who has served (or is currently serving) in the U.S. military.


Twenty-six Homer 33C students, including 24 Homer Junior High School students and two Schilling School students, responded.

Nearly half wrote about their mothers, fathers, grandparents or older siblings. Others wrote about veterans in general because they do not have a family member in the military.


On Nov. 17, the HGJWC handed out certificates and Hershey bars to every student who participated in the Military Appreciation Project.


“We felt students should be recognized for their work, even if they did not meet the parameters of the contest (by writing about a family member),” said Neylon.


Students who did write about a family member received a gift card to Jimmy John’s, along with their certificate and Hershey bar.


“We appreciate your efforts,” HGJWC member Lisa Johnson told students as she handed out the certificates and Hershey bars, along with a flyer explaining the significance of the chocolate bars.

During World War II, soldiers carried a fortified version of the chocolate bar (called D ration bar) in their pockets.


“Food had to be lightweight, nutritious and very high in energy,” according to the U.S. Army Historical Society.


“We thought it would be the perfect token when recognizing our Military Appreciation Project participants,” said Johnson.






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California cracks down on glyphosate weed killers as lawsuits abound

California cracks down on glyphosate weed killers as lawsuits abound


Jack McCall was a fixture at the local farmers market, where he sold avocados and other fruits he grew on his 20-acre ranch in Cambria, on California’s Central Coast.

The U.S. postal worker and Little League coach was “very environmentally friendly,” said Teri McCall, his wife of 41 years. He avoided chemicals, using only his tractor-mower to root out the thistle and other weeds that continually sprouted on the flat areas of the ranch.

But he did make one exception to that rule — a fateful one, his wife now believes. For more than three decades, on the hilly parts of the ranch where he grew the avocados, and around newly planted fruit trees, Jack donned a backpack sprayer and doused weeds with the widely sold herbicide Roundup.

“He believed Roundup was safe,” Teri McCall said, noting that St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. has regularly touted its flagship product as harmless to people and pets.

In 2012, the McCalls’ 6-year-old dog, Duke, who regularly accompanied Jack around the farm, fell ill with swollen lymph nodes in his neck and died shortly afterward of lymphoma — a type of blood cancer. Three years later, Jack discovered swollen lymph nodes in his own neck, Teri said. The diagnosis: a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which killed him on Dec. 26, 2015.

“I thought, ‘That’s kind of a coincidence that they both got lumps in their neck,’” Teri recalled. “Then I thought about all the time Duke spent sticking his nose in grass that had been sprayed with Roundup.”

In March 2016, McCall filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging that the company concealed the cancer risk posed by a chemical called “glyphosate,” the active ingredient in Roundup, which she now blames for the deaths of her husband and their dog.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits are pending in federal and state courthouses around the United States.

Monsanto vigorously contests them.

“To be clear: The underlying science behind glyphosate is not at question,” said Scott Partridge, the company’s vice president of global strategy. “Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides have a long history of safe use and have been studied in real-world application, including the largest study ever of the actual use of pesticides by farmers.”

Monsanto’s Partridge contended that “cherry-picking isolated documents out of context is an attempt by the plaintiffs’ attorneys in pending litigation to distract from the science, which is not on their side.”

The use of glyphosate has grown exponentially in the past two decades. The chemical has found its way into the food chain — and into people’s bodies. A study published this week in the medical journal JAMA showed that the number of Southern California adults who tested positive for glyphosate in their urine rose dramatically from 1993 to 2016, as did the amount of the chemical in those who excreted it.

In July, California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The act, also known as Proposition 65, requires businesses to warn consumers if their products or facilities contain potentially unsafe amounts of any toxic substances known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

California is the first state in the U.S. to “take regulatory action to protect our residents from this chemical,” said Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser for the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization. The move is “a huge step and has global implications.”

The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which is responsible for listing chemicals under Proposition 65, has proposed a threshold of 1.1 milligrams of glyphosate a day for an adult weighing 70 kilograms, or 154 pounds. That’s about 122 times more stringent than the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s safety guideline.

The state agency is studying more than 1,300 written public comments, along with oral testimony from a June hearing, to decide whether it should implement or revise its proposed limit.

The Prop. 65 listing requires warning labels beginning next July.

Other companies, including Dow AgroSciences and DuPont, also sell products containing glyphosate, since Monsanto’s patent expired in 2000.

California’s decision to list the chemical was triggered by a 2015 study from the World Health Organization that described the chemical as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and cited “convincing evidence that glyphosate also can cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

The organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found a “positive association” between exposure to glyphosate and malignancy in humans, though it added that other explanations could not be excluded. In particular, the international agency found a possible link to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the type of cancer that killed Jack McCall.

Monsanto sued in state Superior Court to overrule the California listing but lost in March, and it has appealed that decision. Its bid to temporarily halt the cancer listing pending trial was rejected by a state appellate court and the California Supreme Court. The company says that labeling glyphosate a cancer risk is unjustified.

It argues that the International Agency for Research on Cancer erred by neglecting to consider data suggesting no link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. That research was in an unpublished part of the multiyear and multifaceted Agricultural Health Study, which assesses the effects of pesticide exposure on farmers. The international cancer agency, an independent panel of scientists, said it weighs only published, peer-reviewed studies.

Other studies also have failed to establish a convincing link between glyphosate and cancer. Earlier this year, the European Union’s chemical safety regulator determined there was not sufficient evidence to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, though it did say the compound could cause eye damage and long-term harm to aquatic life.

But the international cancer agency, which said it examined about 1,000 studies, determined there was enough information to support its finding of a link between glyphosate and cancer.

Advocates for farmers say California’s plan to require warning labels for glyphosate-based products is wrong-headed. At a June hearing, Cynthia Cory, environmental affairs director for the nonprofit California Farm Bureau Federation, told the board of the health hazard assessment agency that the herbicide is an important tool for farmers. It ultimately benefits the environment, she said, because “it allows us to reduce our tractor passes, which means you have cleaner air.”

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician who treats children for glyphosate exposure, offered the board a different viewpoint. “What I am seeing is sicker kids,” she said.

Research suggests that Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides may be linked not only to cancer but to a variety of other health problems. Recent studies link the compound to DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells, kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, intestinal disorders, Celiac disease and autism.

About 250 million pounds of glyphosate were sprayed on U.S. crops in 2014, a ninefold increase in just under two decades, according to a study in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. Two-thirds of all the glyphosate used in the U.S. during the 40 years from 1974 to 2014 was sprayed in the last decade.

And you don’t need to live next to farm fields to be exposed to it, said Dr. Paul Winchester, a clinical professor of neonatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and medical director of the neonatal unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. “It turns out it’s in almost every (non-organic) food.”

That concerns him in light of a study that suggests chromosomal damage caused by pesticides has the potential to embed in DNA and get passed down to future generations.

Teri McCall said she applauds California’s decision to list glyphosate as a carcinogen and hopes it will help protect others from the kind of loss she’s suffered.

Since her husband’s death, “it’s kind of like my life of living color has gone to black-and-white,” she said. “My life with Jack was just so full of joy and laughter and fun, and this has just left a huge void. … Every day is just a series of efforts to escape the loss and there’s just no escaping it.”

— Stephanie O’Neill
Kaiser Health News


(Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.)


©2017 Kaiser Health News, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Source: Will County News

Meet the 13 Republicans who voted ‘no’ on the tax bill

Meet the 13 Republicans who voted ‘no’ on the tax bill


WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders cheered passing a major tax overhaul Thursday, but 13 Republicans voted bucked their party and voted against the bill.

All but one of the Republicans hailed from New York, New Jersey or California — each a high-tax state. These lawmakers largely opposed the legislation because it eliminated the state and local taxes deduction, or SALT. Six of the lawmakers are in competitive races in 2018 according to races ratings by Roll Call’s Nathan L. Gonzales. Eleven of the 13 Republicans are being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Here are the Republicans who voted against the tax bill:

— Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.: Like other New Yorkers, Donovan opposed the bill over repealing the SALT deduction. Donovan was first elected in a 2015 special election and won his first full term by 26 points. Trump won the 11th District by 10 points. Donovan also voted against the GOP health care bill and faces a primary challenge from former GOP Rep, Michael Grimm, who was convicted of tax evasion. Democrats are targeting the seat, which is based in Staten Island, and a crowded field is vying for the Democratic nomination. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican.

— John Faso, R-N.Y.: Faso also opposed repealing the SALT deduction and said the bill contained too many loopholes. He is the third most vulnerable House member on Roll Call’s list of vulnerable incumbents. Trump won the 19th District but the central New York district voted twice for former President Barack Obama. A crowded Democratic field is vying to take on the first-term congressman, with two contenders outraising Faso in the last fundraising quarter. Gonzales rates the race Tilt Republican.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.: Frelinghuysen’s position was unknown heading into the final vote, but he opposed the bill. He is a DCCC target in 2018 and is in a race rated Likely Republican. Two Democrats vying to take on Frelinghuysen outraised him by nearly three times in the most recent fundraising quarter. Trump won his district by 1 point in 2016 and Frelinghusyen won re-election to a 12th term by 19 points.

— Darrell Issa, R-Calif.: The most vulnerable incumbent so far, Issa opposed the bill over the SALT repeal and its effect on families. He faced a closer-than-expected re-election last year, winning by just half a point. Hillary Clinton won his district by 8 points. Mitt Romney carried the seat in 2012, while Obama won it in 2008. Gonzales rates the race a Toss-Up.

— Walter Jones, R-N.C.: Jones is one of the few Republicans to reject the bill over concerns about increasing the deficit. He also voted against the GOP health care bill, and has been known to buck party leadership. America First Policies, the pro-Trump outside group, launched a $100,000 cable TV and digital ad urging Jones to support the tax plan. Jones has fended off primary challengers in recent cycles and won re-election to a 12th term by 34 points in 2016. North Carolina district is rated Solid Republican.

— Peter King, R-N.Y.: King also voted no due to the SALT repeal, and he warned passing the tax bill would cause Republicans to lose House seats next year. The 13-term congressman is a new DCCC target though Trump won the 2nd District by 9 points. One of the Democrats hoping to take on King, Tim Gomes, has loaned his campaign $1 million. The race is rated Solid Republican.

— Leonard Lance, R-N.J.: Lance also opposed the SALT repeal. The five-term congressman is a DCCC target next year in a race rated Likely Republican. Clinton won his district by one point in 2016. Lance also opposed the GOP health care bill.

— Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J.: A member of the moderate Tuesday Group, LoBiondo opposed the tax bill because of the SALT repeal and said in a statement it would be “detrimental to New Jersey residents.” LoBiondo, who also opposed the GOP health care bill, recently announced he is not running for re-election, making his seat more vulnerable to a Democratic takeover. Trump won his district by nearly 7 points in 2016. The race is rated Leans Republican.

— Tom McClintock, R-Calif.: McClintock, who opposed the elimination of the SALT deduction, is also a new DCCC target. Trump carried the district by 16 points and McClintock won re-election by 24 points. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

— Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.: Rohrabacher told Roll Call before the vote that his vote would be determined by how his constituents would fare if the bill became law. He is one of the most vulnerable House members in 2018, in part because of his ties to Russia. He is a top DCCC target. Clinton won his district by two points in 2016 while Rohrabacher won re-election to a 15th term by 17 points. The race is rated Tilt Republican.

— Chris Smith, R-N.J.: Smith was also opposed to eliminating the SALT deduction. Smith, who was first elected in 1980, is in a Solidly Republican New Jersey district. Trump won his district by 15 points in 2016.

— Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.: She joined her New York GOP colleagues in opposing the bill due to the repeal of the SALT deduction. The two-term congresswoman is head of recruitment for the National Republican Congressional Committee and a DCCC target. Trump won her upstate New York district by 14 points in 2016, and she was re-elected to a second term by 35 points. Gonzales rates her race Solid Republican.

— Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.: The Long Island congressman also voted against the bill because of the SALT elimination. Zeldin is a DCCC target. Trump won his district by 12 points and Zeldin won re-election by 16 points. The 1st District race is rated Solidly Republican.


-Bridget Bowman (Simone Pathe and Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.), ©2017 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 16, 2017


ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 16, 2017


Executive Directors Message

The events of the past several weeks have brought about two distinctly different reactions as to how best to handle mass killers.  The first, as you might guess, is the traditional anti-gun screech for more gun control.  This happens every time something significant happens.  Not that the events in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs were not terrible, but the siren call of the anti-gunners is certainly not the answer.  Many have come to realize that what they propose would only disarm the intended victims, leaving them even more vulnerable.
The other reaction is to become more proficient at defending yourself, your family, and those around you.   Many churches and other places of worship have taken the latter approach.  I have spoken to a couple of people who belong to churches that are forming their own defense teams.  One church in New York points out that “this is not a gun free zone” on their message board.
For quite a while, certain firearm schools have been teaching classes that go beyond just concealed carry.  The first of these are skill development classes.  Skill development classes do just what their title suggests.  Everyone should take the time for these classes.  If you have a combat league near you, it is certainly a cheaper way to develop your skills over a longer period of time.
The next step in the training continuum is training with another person who lives with you, or someone you work with on a daily basis.  If you have an encounter, they are most likely the people you will be with.  If you were trained together on team tactics, it would be a huge advantage for both of you and would certainly increase your chances of survival.  Any bad guy, with any sense at all, would extract themselves from the situation.  Of course, there may be multiple bad guys.  Either way, you have an advantage.
The next step is classes that deal with active shooter incidents.  An active shooter can be a deranged person, a terrorist or a gang.   These classes are designed for civilians in self-defense situations that may occur in churches, schools or businesses.  Gunsite Academy, in Arizona, has one of the best classes but I am sure there are others out there.
The skill enhancement classes are an important first step before taking any of the partner classes or the active shooter classes.  There are many of these classes around and everyone should seriously consider taking one of them.   The ISRA will offer these classes though several instructors in 2018.  Next year, Massad Ayoob will offer his MAG 80 class at our ISRA Range, from June 6th through 10th.
The prerequisite is his MAG 40 class.  MAG 80 is on the upper end of the training continuum.  Remember, ISRA members receive a discount on this class.
It is interesting to note that the October 2017 NICS checks are the second highest in history.  The year 2017 may be the second highest in history, despite a somewhat slow start.  A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey indicates gun owning households have jumped from 41% to 48%.  It looks like less and less people are buying into the “government will protect you” baloney.
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