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Sound Off: Show your respect on the Fourth of July

The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:

Glory to all

With the Fourth of July coming, wouldn’t it be wonderful, as you drive around in Geneva, to see on display our American flag at each house, to show our love for our town, country and to honor our military persons who are serving our great nation, and respect and honor to our dead soldiers from all the wars who have kept us free? Glory to all.

Hard to believe

Regarding District 304 and the inflated enrollment issue, I also volunteer my time to a committee for the city of Geneva. The minutes are taken at every meeting, and the minutes are then sent to every board member to review, and those same minutes are reviewed at the following board meeting before being approved.

Therefore, I find it extremely difficult to accept the school board’s response of, we have no information in our minutes or our records of the inflated enrollment projections. How does not one of these educated people on our board not think to question that?

And how referendum material was not thoroughly reviewed before placing such a massive referendum before the public just does not make sense.

Step up

Next time you are in a fast-food joint and you ask for a Coke, they will ask you to step up on the scale, and you will be taxed by your weight.

Ask for a double cheeseburger and step on the scale, the counter help will say nope, you are overweight. You get a salad and a Diet Coke. Who said let them eat cake? We need to tax dumb lawmakers.

What good is it?

The Chronicle’s headline reads that the Kane County Board was slated to hash out the ethics rules, and I didn’t have a problem with it until I started reading with it, and it said the ordinance would not apply to any of Kane County’s elected officials, including the sheriff, state’s attorney, treasurer, circuit clerk or their employees, as they, under state law, are exempt under state law or exempt from such ordinances if passed by the County Board. But I thought the County Board was elected. I thought we just voted for the County Board. Wouldn’t that exclude them as well? What good is an ethics ordinance?

Polite mountain bikers

I’m calling about the mountain bikes in Fabyan East Forest Preserve. Every week for three, four or five weeks, there’s somebody calling about this. I’m in there once a week at least. I never see walkers.

I only see bikers, and they all seem polite to me. I think there’s some kind of hidden agenda here.

No respect

Why do gays think a same-sex marriage will guarantee them respect? It has just the opposite effect among the many believers.

Paying for raises

The Batavia School District and its teachers agreed to a new two-year contract that will increase teacher salaries by [2.35 percent in 2012-13 and 2.8 percent in 2013-14].

How is the school district going to pay for this increase? How many of the 26 retiring teachers are getting a golden parachute to retire early and add to the unfunded state teachers pension fund? How many programs will have to be reduced or eliminated or fees will have to be increased to cover the increase in wages? How many nonunion workers will be fired or have to pick up reduced benefits to support the teachers’ increase? When does the superintendent’s contract expire?

And the important message that is never mentioned: When will the school board have a referendum to increase the taxes, so the school board can cover the additional expenses of the teachers and the new and refurbished schools in the district?

Rules of the road

I’m reading your paper, the article on bikes and cars moving in harmony around the Tri-Cities. I just want to ask one question – why is it that the bicyclists do not think they should be stopping for stop signs, and when the rest of us are in our cars and pulling up and stopping the bicyclists are just riding right on through?

Or, in some cases, just making turns at intersections through stoplights and stop signs. I thought they are required to use the same rules of the road that the drivers are.

Look in the mirror

Reading and listening to the liberal Democrats blaming the economy on the GOP just shows that these people are still living in the FDR era.

Illinois has been controlled by the Democrats for over 20 years, and the Democratic leadership has short-changed the pensions, spent money they did not have or even hope to have, and have given hundreds of millions of tax breaks to corporations.

When the liberals complain about the wealthy getting tax breaks, ask yourself, is the company that you work for making a profit to pay your salary and benefits? If it is making a profit, it is called capitalism, which is a four-letter word to the liberal Democrats.

Yet thousands of Democrats invest in companies to increase their personal wealth. It is time Democrats start looking in the mirror and start saying what did we do to the United States, so that it doesn’t become another Greece or Spain.

Dumbing down

I’d like to know where the extra money came from in Batavia to make and install the multitude of “share the road” signs in town. What’s next, signs that say, “be prepared to look both ways at the upcoming stop sign” or “if a dog runs in front of your car, please avoid it”? It’s summertime, and it’s common sense that there are kids and bikes, out and about. We are dumbing down our society so much; it’s disgusting.

A horrible thing

I just hope, for his sake, that the governor is able to sleep occasionally. He knew he was going to sign this Medicaid plan. You would think that he could have sent information to us sooner than he did. He’s known for a long time what he was going to do.

We didn’t get our information about things that we could do until today, in the mail, the same day that he signed the plan. I think that this is a horrible thing that he has done. If he can sleep, it’s a miracle. He has no conscience at all.

• You can sound off, as well, by calling our Sound Off line at 630-845-5240 or by sending an e-mail to Calls must be limited to 1 minute or less.


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