The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Being charitable I believe that the writer of "Take the blinders off" needs to realize there is more information out there than he is considering. I do believe that we should love our neighbors, as ourselves, and help those in need. However, I think we need to keep it personal, not governmental. I do give weekly to my church food pantry, serve dinner at Lazarus House and give to local charities. But I work at an area school that is considered impoverished, so taxpayers are providing breakfasts for every child, no questions asked. Today's breakfast included string cheese, juice, milk, and a chocolate Pop Tart. Seventy-five percent of our students receive free and reduced lunches, but you would be appalled to see how much ends up in the garbage. Many of our students are children of single moms, even though there are men living in the home. Our government makes it more beneficial for single moms not to marry or for married couples to lie. As our welfare benefits increase, our adoption possibilities are often left to stealing babies from other countries or costly adoption processes with no guarantees. I agree with being charitable, but not funding big government programs.
How sad this is I hear that [the] Kane County [area] is going to have higher real estate taxes. I don't understand why. Can somebody explain it? The property values are down. How much more does the school need? I'm a baby boomer, and I am not from this area, but I didn't have half of what these kids have today. Extra activities like band should come out of the parents' pocket book. I had music lessons, and my parents paid for that. This would cut back on all the unnecessary things. I believe gym and music are important, but parents should show responsibility and pay for that. I can't see real estate taxes going up when I can't even sell my property for what I bought it for 10 years ago. How sad this is. Kane County, wake up.
A lot more to high school than football I'm calling about the Sound Off about students not showing up in support of the basketball players in Geneva. I have a suggestion. As soon as those basketball players and all those football players start showing up for all the musicals and the band concerts, choir concerts and orchestra concerts and show support for the other students in that building, perhaps they'll get a little more support from the student body. There's a lot more to high school than football. Praising all the jocks, when often they are the ones who are rude and disrespectful to the kids who aren't playing sports, isn't exactly something they should be expecting.
Politicians are a joke I'm sick and tired of these politicians going on the news and in newspapers, talking about Social Security and Medicare being entitlement programs. People pay into that every week out of a paycheck. You want to talk about entitlement programs? How about these obscene incomes that politicians are paid? And they don't do their jobs right. And then there is the pensions they receive and the grade A health care they get from the time they are in office until the time they die. Those are entitlement programs. Those are not deserved, and they're not earned. These politicians are a joke. It's all of them, as a whole.
Addresses I really like it when Realtors put addresses on their homes for sale. I wish all Realtors would do that.
Three beautiful deer I'm calling from St. Charles. I have lived in the Surrey Hills subdivision for about 47 years, and on Wednesday, March 20, I was in the living room, and there were three beautiful young deer that walked down the street on Tyler Road. And then they crossed the street and went on the other side of Tyler Road and went in between two other houses. And they were so pretty. And I thought, for all the years I've lived here, I never saw anything as nice as that. I wanted to know whether that could go into the paper.
Supply and demand Massachusetts' Democratic senator, Elizabeth Warren, has proposed raising the minimum wage to $22 an hour, almost $46,000 per year. Senators earn $174,000 a year. Using her logic, her salary would have to be increased to almost $700,000 to make up the difference in pay rates. What would teachers and union trades be making with Warren's idea of a minimum wage? If Warren's rate is approved, the unemployment rate of 8 percent would be reversed, to only 8 percent employed. No employer could afford such a ridiculous pay increase. Minimum wages cannot be governed by federal, state or city government, but only by supply and demand of the employer, looking for employees, and a pay rate that will attract and maintain these employees.
An expensive dinner I'm calling about an article that was in the paper about board members, administrators and family members going to an extremely expensive dinner at Morton's Steakhouse on the Batavia taxpayers. And Tina Bleakley brushed it off as if it was nothing. I would like to see somewhere that those people who attended that dinner, family members included, reimburse the Batavia taxpayers for that rather large, expensive dinner that they all shared at Morton's Steakhouse.
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