The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
How sad to hear that Coultrap will be torn down. I am thankful that I was able to attend school there, send my children to school there, teach there and just enjoy its environment. I don't agree with it being torn down, but in the best interest of our district, and with the money situation the way it is, I guess it is going to happen. Farewell, Coultrap. You've enriched many lives and you will be missed.
Don't knock Oberweis
The person who called about, "The stupid party" and Jim Oberweis, I don't know much about the man, but I will tell you, as a senior, we get food delivered from Oberweis. No other store, and no other restaurant, will do it. Don't knock Oberweis. You can knock the person but not the food.
If it's illegal, it can't be legal
I wanted to know what part of illegal does our governing body not understand. How can illegal residents get driver's licenses? Why do people not understand – that illegal means against the law, but they don't enforce any of that. The paper should find answers instead of mumbo jumbo. That's my opinion. Black is black and white is white, and that's the end of it. Help out.
Don't give them handouts
Have you noticed lately that the same people who are out begging for money in Geneva and Batavia, off of Randall Road, it seems they get their Portillo's and McDonalds or any other food that people give them, and they throw their garbage on the ground right there. I've noticed the Batavia workers having to clean up their messes, and people just keep giving these same people money. These people will never have any ambition to do anything on their own to get a job or get their lives together, as long as everybody keeps giving them the handouts. That's not the way it should go.
How does it feel?
The Kane County Board members who were really upset about having to sign up to speak at the executive committee, I want to ask them – how does it feel to be cut off from the people who are supposed to represent you? You don't like it because you are saying that you are elected to represent the people. But you fail to listen to the people, and you make us sign up for three minutes to speak at a board meeting, and then you turn around and do exactly what you want to do instead of what we ask you to do. You're bullying us. Congratulations, Chris. I know a lot of people are probably anti-you because you are doing things differently, but I'm glad you are giving these board members an opportunity to know what it's like when they're not a member of the executive committee, to be just like us. We are little peons who are members of the public who elected these people to represent us, but they are not representing us but the big business and themselves. Congratulations, Chris. That's exactly what needs to go on. We need to have some order, and we need to have more public input. Thank you for treating these people who are not executive committee members like members of the public. And that should go for every committee meeting. If they are not members of that committee, they are members of the public, just like the rest of us who are not board members.
There is a former LA policeman on a shooting rampage in California. When did this former policeman have a mental exam to own a firearm? Before he was a policeman? During any time during his tenure as a police officer? Or after he was terminated from the police department? Mental illness does not start at a specific time, with flags waving. And it would be impossible to stop every mentally disturbed individual from acquiring a firearm, whether at the time of purchase or later in life.
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