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Updated: December 13, 2012 10:22AM

Medical care without identification: While I was settling my account at Sherman Hospital, I asked the person in billing why the hospital is suffering through such financial difficulties. She stated that a minimum of 30 percent or more of their patients do not have a valid driver’s license or Social Security number. By federal law, they still have to provide medical care for them. So it’s hard to get paid when someone doesn’t give you a driver’s license or Social Security number. After they get their services, they fade away like the ghosts that they are. I guess in one way, it’s a discount for Americans. We just need to go to these hospitals and not give them our driver’s licenses or Social Security numbers. They will still have to provide us with medical care.

Honoring firefighters: I live on the southeastern end of Elgin. There’s a place called Elgin Barn No. 5 Museum, and out in front is a park. I’d like to see the fountain dedicated to all firefighters in the area: past, present and future.

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