The following is what Kane County Chronicle readers sounded off about in the past week:
Blame the dishonest liberals Make no mistake about where the responsibility lies for the 67 percent state income tax increase. It’s the fault of a dishonest state Democratic machine that has been flushing billions down the toilet to make lazy public sector union workers comfortable at the expense of working people. A middle income family is going to face a $1,200 to $1,800 annual tax increase, and that’s on top of the additional taxes that are being levied at our local levels for school budgets. It’s time for people to realize that working as a fireman, policeman or teacher does not automatically qualify people for canonization. Their union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, is an organization run by a bunch of parasitic bandits who could care less what people have to pay until the taxpayer corpse has no blood left in it to suck. The thievery law passed by Quinn and the Democrats has nothing to do with a stupid pill or just some kind of mild differences in political philosophy. This is an event that reveals that this state has been run by corrupt liberal politicians that shouldn’t be occupying public office, but more of them should be sitting in jail cells and hopefully one day soon, they will be.
Pleased with Richmond I was very saddened to read the negative comments in the Sound Off section regarding Richmond Elementary School. My oldest child just left Richmond school and moved on to middle school and my youngest child is still attending Richmond. Our family has have been part of the Richmond community for over six years. Both of my children are successful academically, they enjoy reading, love math, ask wonderful questions, study musical instruments and have wonderful senses of humor. Some might think they are successful in spite of Richmond, but I believe it is because of Richmond. They have spent a significant part of their childhood in a place where they are challenged, inspired, befriended, reprimanded, and welcomed each day. Mr. Heredia and the Richmond staff are very passionate about education and the success of all children and it shows every day. To all parents who left through choice, move on with your lives. To all current disgruntled parents of Richmond students, Richmond school is a “choice” school. This means you have the choice to leave. I would like to suggest that if you contact the administration and express your dissatisfaction, they might feel compassion for the rest of us and let you go. Please don’t wait; your child’s education is at stake. Oh, by the way, there were several former Richmond students on the middle school honor roll. Apparently, some children are succeeding.
How about a roller rink? Just a suggestion for the Charlestowne Mall. Instead of putting in an ice rink on the lower level – we have a beautiful one on Kirk Road in Geneva – why not put in a roller skating rink? I don't believe there are any in the area. Just curious as to what other readers might think about that. That's all I've got to say. I'd rather see a roller rink than another ice rink. Thank you. Goodbye.
Do something about guns Yes, after this terrible tragedy (Jan. 18), do you think maybe you will do something about guns, and anybody, no matter what they do or are thinking, are going to get one. It's time we did something about this.
Dishonesty in government Gov. Quinn signing that bill to raise our taxes has just signed the death penalty for everybody in Illinois. He doesn't need to worry about going in that direction. With the economy the way it is, the people, the jobs they have, they are stuck with them, they can't change anything, so they are going to be stuck paying higher taxes, housing is terrible, nothing is going to sell, people won't be moving here. This has now reached, Illinois is the highest tax state in this country right now. It was in the top 4. Now, it's No. 1. Good work, Quinn. I don't know how other states can do it by paying less than half the income taxes we are, but there sure is something very dishonest in government.
Tax and spend Gov. Quinn and Michael Madigan just can't stop taxing and spending our taxpayer dollars. They're not interested in reducing government spending, but spending our money. A number of businesses are going to be going out of state. My business is looking at ways to shift more of our revenue to Nevada, where there is no state income tax. And these guys are providing the incentive for that to happen. So, Madigan and Quinn are career politicians who really don't care about the people of Illinois at a time when people are suffering, losing jobs. They continue to tax and spend.
Very heartwarming Thanks to our friend here in Batavia for being the Batavia watchdog. Also, and the heartwarming article in the Chronicle, "Teens providing gifts to the children at Mooseheart." Very heartwarming and very, very, very, very special.
Illegal immigration I have seen a lot of comments about the Geneva Middle School principal who broke the law by speeding. And now, many people are saying, "He broke the law – fire him." Or they are saying, "He broke the law – what kind of role model is he? – fire him." Or they are saying, "He broke the law – he's making too much money – fire him." I agree he broke the law and should pay the consequences the same as you and me. Do these people who want him fired because he broke the law have the same mindset for the lawbreaking illegal aliens who sneak into our country and break the law every day they are here. Then they break the law by having fake Social Security numbers. Then they break the law by driving without a driver's license. They they break the law by having no liability insurance. Then they break the law by not paying taxes. Etcetera, etcetera. I agree. They should be fired.
Prices will rise I'm a manager with a gas station/mini mart. And the owner has informed all the managers that with the new Illinois corporate taxes, the price of gas will have to be increased by at least 5 percent, which is over 15 cents per gallon. The refiners and the delivery services will also be forced to raise their rates to adjust for the increase in taxes. This is only one business. How will the other businesses handle this new Illinois business tax?
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