When a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, many parties take an interest and offer her advice. Some go further than simply offering advice. As a board member at Options Now in Godfrey, I have discovered that it is often the men that bring the most pressure on a mother to end the life of an unborn child. Reasons for these pressures run the gambit, depending on the circumstances of each unique situation.
On July 14, news trickled out of a recording of the senior director of medical services with Planned Parenthood, the leading provider of abortion in the United States, discussing ad nauseam techniques used to secure the maximum number of useable organs from a partially birthed baby to be “donated” at certain recoverable prices. This exchange of money for baby organs reminds me of the stories of back-room organ profit centers in Third World countries, and calls into question Planned Parenthood’s stated motives.
If you are a pregnant woman experiencing some of these pressures, you need to know that you are not alone. Options Now provides evidence-based education and medical care so you can make an informed decision without any pressure or judgment. If you don’t feel right about some of the advice you are receiving and want a safe, confidential place to weigh out all of your options, then please know that you can start right here in the Riverbend by contacting Options Now in Godfrey.
Board member, Options Now
I want to add my 2 cents worth on the city of Alton’s budget crisis. It all started when Mayor Hoechst and the city bought the Sears/Snider building for a lot of money, yet sold it for less than what the Alton taxpayers paid for it. Then he told the unions that due to tight city funds they cannot get their pay raises. Some of them caved in and some didn’t. Then he gave the city clerk and treasurer hefty pay raises, and he stated that they deserved more than the law allows. He instructed the fire chief to turn down a grant that would fund an additional firefighter. But Hoechst said the city would be obligated to fund that firefighter. My response to that is that all it would have to do is to cut the mayor’s salary by 50 percent and we would have the funds to save that firefighter’s job.
Now Mayor Walker is in the same spot. He is telling the unions due to tight city funds, they cannot get their pay raises. The same old swan song as before. I would not balance the city budget on the backs of the union workers. If the unions see management willing to make the same cutbacks they are being asked to do, just maybe they will give up their pay raises. Now correct me if I am wrong. I would not have approved that loan the city took out to buy two vehicles. If the city is looking for further cuts in the budget, I suggest they look at their own salaries and reduce all elected and appointed pay. A lot of money can be saved and the savings can go toward paying off the deficit.
But will City Hall listen? I have my doubts. We cannot count on the state or the casino to bail out this city. We have to make serious cuts in the budget. Our elected leaders’ work evaluation with the people of Alton is up for renewal in 2017. I have not decided if I will make a second bid to be mayor of Alton; I will make that decision in November or December 2016. Keep this thought in mind, folks: “Government is the greatest welfare scam of them all!”