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Sound Off: Something for nothing

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

Something for nothing

Who says nothing is impossible? I can do nothing all day long. Elect me to Congress, instead of Hultgren or Roskam. I’ll save you all money. I can do nothing for half what they cost you.

Unions do nothing

Hostess closed up, and all those people lost their jobs. But I heard that all of the executives got hefty bonuses. The average worker gets nothing. They lose out. You could be a hard worker. You could do the best job. But if the company closes, and there is a union involved, you get nothing. You paid all those years to the union, and what do you get? Nothing.

America has spoiled Michelle Obama

Before Barack Obama became president, Michelle Obama said she was never proud of America. Why hasn’t the media played this up? Now she makes all these expensive travel arrangements. When you think about it now, America has really spoiled her.

Respect for our president

To “Paying for iPads,” the message was taken wrong. The mention of iPads is not in it. This is about respect for our president.

Abortion – very sad

I have heard the comment, “I didn’t want to be on welfare, so I had an abortion.” These are U.S. citizens making this statement. Currently, our country is filled with illegal residents who not only agree to be on welfare but welcome the free handouts. Having more babies equals more handouts. So, the women from other countries do not hesitate to take from our country as the U.S. women continue to abort their babies. Very sad.

Unions always want more

I agree with that person who said we don’t need unions. What I see is the unions always ask for more, and the companies and the schools can’t afford the raises, so we get layoffs and school closings. No wonder the economy is in bad shape.

Messy customers

As a regular moviegoer, we totally enjoy this form of entertainment. We enjoy also reading the credits at the end of the film, to learn where it was made and also the actors’ names, etc. My call today is to offer my total disgust with [others, who] I hope are not from Batavia, who attend these movies. Too often, the lazy adults will not pick up their trash, popcorn and drink containers, and carry them to the proper receptacles at the theater’s entrance. Sure, the management does send in their help to police the theater before the next showing, but why should the hired help have to clean up after these so-called adults? Management spends good money to produce the shut-off of electronic and cellphone ads up to three times before a showing. Why not add, “Hey America, let’s clean up after yourself?”

It’s time to blink

In the Tom Clancy novel “The Hunt for Red October,” there is a scene in which Russian and American submarines are charging toward each other, each trying to avoid a runaway torpedo, hoping it will hit the other submarine. The captain of the American submarine makes the comment that in a game of chicken, you have to know when to blink. The submarines are the two political parties – the Democrats, including President Obama, and the GOP, refusing to show weakness or blinking with the upcoming fiscal crisis. However, both political parties must watch out for the runaway torpedo, which is the American debt. When the U.S. needs to borrow 40 cents out of every dollar spent for payments to unemployment, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and congressional salaries, someone had better blink. There is not enough economic growth to sustain tax increases and the continued out-of-control spending, which is why there will be a collision between the submarines, and only the out-of-control torpedo will survive.

Now what, Mr. Obama?

Remember when Mr. Obama was gloating that he saved General Motors but was harshly criticizing Mitt Romney for investing in companies that invest in China. What would Mr. Obama say now that General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in China. How would the great spin master spin that one?

Let them play

What a wonderful opportunity for three young men from the South Sudan to be given an education at Mooseheart. What a tragic error in judgment by the Hinckley-Big Rock School District, and especially [athletic director] Bill Sambrookes, to value winning a basketball game over freedom of expression. Perhaps Sambrookes and the Hinckley school district need to re-evaluate what sportsmanship is all about.

Driver’s license plan is outrageous

People have entered this country illegally, or perhaps entered legally and stayed beyond their legal time limit, so now are here living in our state illegally, driving illegally without licenses or insurance. Our state senators and representatives use the excuse that our roads will be safer for all of us if Illinois offers driver’s licenses to these illegal immigrants. Obtaining a driver’s license requires one to take written and driving tests, which they say would make the roads safer. They say we need to provide the opportunity for these illegal immigrants to obey the law. Seriously? These illegal immigrants have already shown they don’t care about an opportunity to obey the law, since they disobeyed our current immigration laws and remain in this country illegally. Yet now our state expects them to jump at the opportunity to take written and driving tests and pay higher fines for no insurance, when they are currently driving without licenses and insurance anyway. All people are welcome to emigrate to this great country and become citizens by following our immigration laws and living here legally. Giving illegal immigrants privileges specific to citizens is outrageous.

• 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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