Sound Off: Try pulling this stunt

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

Try pulling this stunt
I've read where Karen McConnaughay is against the proposed legislation banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving on the basis that people are capable of making responsible decisions. Excuse me, Karen, but the explicit reason for the ban is that there are a large and growing number of people out there who are not capable of responsible decisions. Anyone with a shred of common sense is aware that it is not safe to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other occupied elsewhere while involved in a conversation for an extended period of time. For those of you who feel otherwise, try pulling this stunt while taking a test for your drivers license renewal.

Thanks for donation
We, the Mooseheart track teams, would like to publicly thank the Geneva Running Outfitters for the donation of track shoes to our boys and girls teams. It was a very nice gesture on their part to supply the new running shoes from their vast inventories of shoes, clothes and other products they have at their store. Thanks again to the Geneva Running Outfitters.

Some thank yous
I would like to say thank you to the Kane County Chronicle. I would like to say thank you to the lady who told about seeing three deer crossing Tyler Road. Yeah, that should be in the paper. That made my day. I had a big smile on my face. I want to thank the lady who works so hard being charitable, working at Lazarus House and the kids with the school breakfast. If everybody was like her, there would be so much less hunger in the world. She is doing the work of three people. Some of these crabby people who call in and complain about everything, maybe if they got out and helped people, they would feel better about it. I want to thank Pam Otto for entertaining me. I will never look at a goldenrod gall the same way again. I'm sorry I crushed the ones I smashed, but they are hard. I hope I didn't kill any little buggins' inside. Thanks for covering not only the sports beautifully, but you also cover fine arts events, music events. It's fair coverage and entertaining. You do a great job.

A good vote for fairness
I've decided to vote for Ray Rogina for mayor of St. Charles. I think he will be a good mayor. Since he was a union organizer for the teachers union for a long time, he will be more understanding of the needs of the employees in the city when our contracts come up for renewal. A vote for him will be a good vote for fairness for city employees.

Arch of triumph
The City Council of Batavia will approve an arch of triumph over the streetscape project on North River Street. Will the Loyalty Day parade now change course from East Wilson to North Washington, to ... State to North River so all the City Council members and the parade floats and groups go under the arch of triumph before the parade continues to the VFW? This is another waste of taxpayer money for the egos of Batavia's mayor and the City Council.

Good Friday
I was very disturbed to see a notice in the Chronicle this week that indicated that the Kane County building would be closed the Friday before Easter because it is the "spring holiday." Folks, the Friday before Easter is called Good Friday, and it's called that because that is the day that Jesus died for our sins. It is not a "spring holiday." Why does the liberal government continue to try to remove religion from our lives? And by the way, when you see a rabbit hopping around on Sunday, it is not a spring rabbit, it is Easter Sunday. Please recognize it for what it is, and quit trying to take religion out of our lives. Frankly, we could use more religion in more people's lives.

Term limits on everything
If you'd like to know what's wrong with Batavia, look at the Thursday, March 28, Kane County Chronicle. In it, you have individuals running for re-election: a mayor of 30 years, an alderman of 32 years, the day before, an alderman of 18 years. There should be term limits put on everything. These individuals have been in way too long, and it seems as though once they set their mind to something, they are unwilling to negotiate on any part. Another point of interest is the bump-outs that are going to be put up on Wilson Street. A major merchant in downtown Batavia expressed concern and objection over them, and what are they going to do? Put them in on a trial basis and see how they work? Another example is the Walgreens, which has been going on in a large debate for more than a year. It is inconceivable how a city can try and spar with a major retailer over the fact that there is an ordinance for a 10-foot variance and they want a 70-foot variance. It seems to me that Batavia wants to be progressive, but we have too many people making decisions for the few and not the masses. Also, the arch in excess of $90,000 that they have approved to put up. What a waste of money. Certainly there could be other things done with $90,000 other than an arch at River and Wilson.

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