Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 15, 2014

Feb. 15, 2014: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘ISI is a great company’

Loretta M. Switzer of Kokomo sends this Cheer for ISI Trucking:

“My husband works for ISI Trucking Co. He had to miss a lot of work the past year because of family illness and the tornado.

“We wish to thank ISI for being so considerate and concerned for the well-being of our family.

“Thank you for being a good boss and a great human being. ISI is a great company.”

‘All the credit to Secure K9’

Monte and Susan Zinkan of Kokomo send this Cheer for Secure K9:

“Here are more kudos for Secure K9. Our dog, Rochester, has a totally different personality since we took the advice of Chris and Bre at Secure K9.

“They suggested we start feeding him a raw diet and walking him on a treadmill. He walks about one hour a day at 4.5 miles per hour. Along with that, we make his treats.

“The true test was when we had friends over, and they could not believe how his personality had changed. We give all the credit to Secure K9. They are located at 1105 Touby Pike (at the corner of North Street and Touby Pike).

“Thank you. I just wished we had met you about seven years ago!”

‘Just like to say thank you’

Kelly Kemper of Our Friends Closet sends this Cheer for two city officials:

“I am the manager of Our Friends Closet, and we have encountered a situation here at our business and could not find resolution.

“When City Councilman Bob Cameron found out, he moved to action. He and city Street and Refuse Director Joe Ewing took care of our issues, and we are genuinely appreciative.

“Our city workers have been working incredibly hard for months for our community. We would just like to say thank you!”

Keep those cans coming

Stephen Granger, president of Golden K Kiwanis, sends this Cheer to the community for helping the club help children:

“Since 1995, the Kokomo Golden K Kiwanis Club has been collecting aluminum cans at bins around the county and selling them to Newlon Metals for cash to donate to Riley Children’s Hospital and other local children-related projects. We have averaged donations of $5,500 per year to help children from Howard County and around the state.

“Even though Kokomo is restarting curbside recycling this spring, we hope the community will continue to support Riley Hospital and children’s projects in Howard County by bringing their cans to the collection bins located around the county (south Marsh, west side Kmart, Philips Street and Park Avenue, Cedar Crest Drive behind Kokomo Sports Bowl, and Greentown Fairgrounds). This will help us meet our foundation goal of improving the lives of children.

“Want to help us with this goal? We welcome all people interested to join us at our weekly noon meetings on Mondays at the Golden Corral on Ind. 931.”

CVS shows ‘bold leadership’

Paul K. Halverson of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Jay L. Hess of the Indiana University School of Medicine send this Cheer for CVS:

“The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana University School of Medicine applaud CVS/Caremark for its decision to remove tobacco products at all pharmacy locations across the U.S., more than 7,600 nationwide, including nearly 300 stores in Indiana.

“This decision will reduce the availability of cigarettes and other tobacco products and sends an unmistakable message to all Americans, especially children, that tobacco use is uniquely harmful and socially unacceptable. Policies that restrict access to tobacco products, reduce exposure to tobacco advertising and limit the places that people smoke have a direct effect on reduced smoking rates, especially among youth.

“We commend CVS leaders for their decision to prioritize the health and well-being of customers and employees and for helping create a tobacco-free generation of youth. We urge other retailers, whether they have pharmacies or not, to join in efforts to help reduce access to tobacco, and eliminate tobacco-caused addiction, deaths and disease.

“Everyone has a stake in reducing tobacco’s terrible toll. One of the most effective ways to do this is to reduce access to tobacco products. In making this decision, CVS has recognized that selling tobacco products — the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death — is inconsistent with its commitment to improving the health of its customers. CVS’ decision represents the bold leadership needed to accelerate progress against tobacco and ultimately end the tobacco epidemic for good.”