The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Take the blinders off I'm calling about the person who took the drive around the Tri-Cities area when the sequester hit. I don't know where he or she was driving, but I wonder if the driver went past the homeless shelters in St. Charles. If the driver went to subsidized housing in the Tri-Cities area and further out into Elgin. The unfortunate thing is, with the way the economy is, and putting blame on both parties because I'm not a Republican and I'm not a Democrat, that people do need help. The unfortunate thing is Republicans seem to think that no one needs help, and if you do need the help, it's your own problem. Democrats would like to help people out. And I know of a few people who were Republicans who, due to the economy, are now needing assistance from the government. And they are now Democrats. That's not the reason I was calling, but I was just calling to see where that person was driving. I would like to take that same tour with the person and then show this person my tour of the Tri-Cities area. You guys need to take the blinders off in St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia.
Just another stark fast-food restaurant Having not been a real big customer at the McDonald's in Batavia, I do have to say that I was looking forward to seeing what the new one would look like. After being in it, I can tell you it's just another stark fast-food restaurant. I see where Wendy's is upgrading its restaurants and putting in fireplaces, and it would have seemed to me that the new McDonald's would carry much more ambiance than what it is right now. To me, it's just another stark fast-food restaurant without any real warmth to it.
Capable hands A special thank you to Bickford [Senior] Living facility for making a hard transition easy and caring for my husband. I never knew your beautiful facility was in St. Charles. The fear I had about taking him to a facility was lifted as soon as I talked to a certain staff member. I can't begin to thank the staff and caregivers for their endless care. The activities, care and facilities are of the finest quality, and we now have an extended family. It's so good to know when I leave him, that he is in such capable hands. Thank you again.
Helpful customer at Blue Goose We would like to thank one of our Blue Goose customers who helped an elderly lady back over to Carroll Towers on Monday. We felt bad that we did not get her name, so we would just like to thank her very much for taking her time to do this for her. Thank you again to our Blue Goose customer.
Enforce the law This is a response to last week's Sound Off suggesting that Geneva build an underpass walkway for downtown. The solution is for the police to ticket people who don't stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. After all, it's the law.
Video gaming in St. Charles? I was just wondering if the St. Charles City Council is paying attention on video gambling. South Elgin has legal gambling. Elgin is dropping its ban. Sugar Grove is doing the same. North Aurora and Big Rock has machines in operation, and they're doing fantastic. When is St. Charles going to get its nose out of the clouds and come down to reality? They are missing out on thousands of dollars in legal money – I repeat, legal money that goes to the town and the businesses alike. It's a win-win situation for all.
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