The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Get the message
After this week's election results, I hope the elected officials of Batavia got the message. The taxpayers in Batavia are fed up with business as usual in this town. It's time for the city of Batavia to stop spending and borrowing money. Also, it's time that they listen to and support the downtown businesses, especially the longtime downtown businesses.
More fans for Kaneland pole vaulter
What an inspiring article about Kaneland pole vaulter Alex Markuson. I saw this young man compete earlier this year, and when he vaulted, it was like the whole place stopped to watch him. Too often, we take things for granted and watching him compete was a really humbling experience for many of us there. His technique also looked better than many of the athletes who were competing at the higher heights. Great work Knights, and good luck on the rest of the season, Alex. You've definitely earned some more fans.
Burns is a great mayor
I'm calling to congratulate Kevin Burns in Geneva. He truly is a terrific mayor, the longest-serving mayor Geneva ever had and far and away the best mayor in the entire Tri-Cities. I wish we could trade ours for him. Anyway, I congratulate him. You've been a great mayor, and you always will be.
Yesterday was election day, and it appears that the complacency of the people in Kane County still exists. About 13 percent of the eligible voters voted, which means that 13 percent out of 100 percent determined what 100 percent of us taxpayers are going to pay for. This is unacceptable. We need to be a part of our government. We cannot be saying to people, "We're not happy with this," and then we don't even have the courage to get out and vote and campaign for the people who should be running. The teachers and the administrators and the city employees and the school district employees, they are all going to get out and vote, because if they don't keep their people in there, then they are not going to get paid. We, the taxpayers, have to have our voices heard. We cannot keep doing what we're doing and expect different results. Let's get out and vote in our elections. Let's start attending some of these council meetings. Actually, not the council meetings, let's attend the committee meetings because the committee meetings are where all the action is and where all the things are determined. Let's attend these school board meetings and the school committee meetings, so you know what's going on. These are your tax dollars at work, people. If you can't afford to live in the town, blame yourself because you aren't voting in our elections, and the people who are collecting your tax dollars are surely getting out and voting.
What is happening to America? We have a president who gives away millions to countries who hate us and wants to cut Social Security payments. I'm glad I can still complain about this. What's next?
Keep our community safe
With the spring weather coming, I'm reading in the paper that there are a lot of people who rob homes, and the judges release them, and they go out and rob another home. Judges, keep them in longer, keep them in jail. We don't need them running around in our community. We need to keep our community safe.
Government struggling to perform
President Obama and Congress are trying to work out gun-control legislation, which will involve a background check. Isn't this the same government that could not get the E-verify for employers to check the Social Security and legal status of employees without errors? How can the government take on additional responsibilities without fixing the E-verify system?
Sounds like Bill Clinton
I'm kind of a fan of Mr. Obama, up until lately. He's got Bill Clinton stomping for him, and Bill Clinton had escapades with Gennifer Flowers, and he was impeached because of Monica Lewinsky. Also, Mr. Obama has Mr. Jesse Jackson Sr., who has a convicted son and has his own love child admissions. But now Mr. Obama was apologizing for the California attorney general, who he said happens to be the best-looking attorney general in the country. Please. That sounds like Jesse, and it sounds like Bill Clinton.
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