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Updated: August 8, 2013 6:59AM



As the medical director for Will County’s first federally qualified community health center, I congratulate Aunt Martha’s Youth Service and Silver Cross Hospital on the opening of a new health center in Joliet.

The Will County Community Health Center, the primary care wing of the county health department, has been providing services for the area’s uninsured and underinsured since 1995. We deliver a full range of primary care and dental services through Medicaid, federal assistance, state and local grants and Will County tax revenue.

Before the Aunt Martha’s center’s June 20 opening, the Will County Community Health Center, 1106 Neal Ave., Joliet, was the main provider of medical services for those in the area who are most in need — serving about 20,000 unduplicated patients annually. We know the community, and we know there is an ongoing need for services targeting the medically underserved.

We know the collaboration of Silver Cross Hospital and Aunt Martha’s reflects the best of commitments made by the hospital as it prepared to leave Joliet. The city and county should embrace this new medical center.

John Kahler, M.D.

Chief medical officer

Will County Community Health Center

Mixed reaction to column

I was impressed with Scott Reeder’s June 25 column on how much more blue-collar workers are paid if they work for the state of Illinois rather than a private company. Thank you, Mr. Reeder, for opening our eyes to this situation.

Unfortunately, you did more than criticize the pay levels of public workers. You praised the wage structure in private industry, which makes it impossible for a person to support his family without having to work two or more jobs.

I pay taxes, and I want my money used justly, giving the people who do public work a fair and honest wage. I have seen too many times how privatization has harmed workers and put them in a situation of economic slavery.

Walter Malva

Midlothian

Misplaced priorities

The Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup and an estimated 2 million people show up to cheer them in downtown Chicago. Wow!

Illinois is almost dead last in the state’s share of funding public education and is billions in arrears with pension funding, but only a few people show up at rallies for better education funding and pension reform.

Sure seems to me that the priorities are backward, but what the heck, sports is more important than educating our children and solving the pension crisis.

Let’s face it, people only have to show up and cheer for the Blackhawks, where they would actually have to get involved to effect political change in Illinois.

Michael D. Turay

Crete



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