#childsafety | Southern Illinois speaks up: Letters to the editor for the week of Sep. 24, 2021 | Local News

We need your help!

Now more than ever, we’re so grateful for people like you who have funded, volunteered, celebrated and advocated for Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding through the years. At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement knowing that you care about our cause.

While much of the world has stopped, our mission of improving quality of life through the healing power of horses cannot be placed on pause.

While all of us are facing great challenges at this time, we hope that you can find some peace knowing that because of your generosity our programs can continue.

On behalf of all of us at SES, thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness and want you to know that together, we can overcome all things.

SES parent and board member

Welcome news

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recent announcement to invest in child care is welcome news to Illinois small businesses. By providing support to parents re-entering the workforce, we can ensure that small businesses have access to a robust talent pool that they desperately need right now. At the same time, small child care businesses have been greatly impacted by the pandemic and desperately need this assistance to strengthen their businesses and support their employees. It’s important to note that these investments will address stark gender disparities in the industry’s small business ownership and workforce, since a majority are woman-owned and women-staffed businesses that operate on razor thin profit margins. Child care providers and other small businesses are not out of the woods yet, and these robust investments are critical to ensuring our state’s job creators are supported on their road to recovery.

Bost where is your platform?

Congressman Mike Bost, you really need to stop putting down our president that is so busy trying to correct the damage caused by your friend Trump! You certainly can find things to nit pick on but never seem to have a solution! As a matter of fact, all you want to do is obstruct anything good for the people. Remember them? The people you work for! Whether Republican or Democrat, you work for us, but I don’t see any of that coming from you! Where is your platform? What do the Republicans want to do for the millions of constituents that struggle most of their lives for a sliver of the pie? God forbid we give people on Medicare dental and vision! Or lower drug prices! Seriously Mike Bost, what do you and your counterparts want to do for us? Us doesn’t include people like Bezo’s, Gates, Koch, and Musk. They are nothing like your actual constituents. They want for nothing. But I sure know many people in dire need of help. Who are you and when are you going to start working?

This is U.S. Rail Safety Week

This week marks U.S. Rail Safety Week a national event raising awareness about safety near railroad tracks. It’s led by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. in partnership with railroads, U.S. DOT, state and local law enforcement and safety organizations.

Sadly, a person or vehicle is struck by a train every three hours in the United States. 95% of all rail-related deaths involve drivers going through a crossing or a person on the tracks. Illinois was third in the nation in 2020 for trespassing casualties. Last year there were over 1,900 collisions and 198 fatalities nationwide.

Collisions are down 84% since 1972 when OLI began its work. Freight railroads are collaborating with local authorities across Illinois to improve grade crossings, and advocate at the federal level for dedicated funding through the Section 130 program to eliminate hazards at crossings.

Here are some safety tips: 1. Cross tracks only at designated crossings – do not trespass on the tracks; 2. Never try to beat a train—any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think; 3. Always expect a train—freight trains don’t travel at fixed times and passenger schedules change; 4. Look and listen for trains as you approach a crossing—obey all signs, warning lights and gates; and 5. Trains cannot stop quickly—it can take a mile or more to stop a train.

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