The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
The amount of time spent by the St. Charles City Council on problems with patrons being overserved at downtown taverns and restaurants shows how much politicians have lost sight of their purpose. Lesson 1: Taxes and fees are collected to pay for services necessary to the individuals or businesses that pay them. If there is an ongoing problem, pay an officer to patrol the area, on foot, for a few hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Problem solved. I am sure the taverns and restaurants pay far more than what the cost of this solution would be. But wait, then the politicians would not be able to use the collected fees and taxes for their pet projects like, oh, a ridiculous arch in Batavia or the Red Gate Bridge to nowhere in St. Charles.
I want to thank 911 for their prompt response to my home for what appeared to be a rabid raccoon in my flower bed. They were here in five minutes and disposed of the problem. Thanks for the city of St. Charles' good services. You never know when they will be needed.
Where are the consequences?
[Last] week, the St. Charles East boys polo team had its coach resign because of inappropriate student behavior and lack of respect toward the coach. The athletic director, Mike Sommerfield, and principal, Charlie Kyle, felt they needed to find a replacement coach. I ask, why? These boys needed to have some consequences for their actions. They missed out on a teachable moment here. Part of being a team means the team has to respect its coach. I feel like these two administrators lost the teachable moment by hiring a new coach and letting these boys get away with this. The season should have been canceled.
Players should be accountable
I'm calling regarding the situation with the East water polo team. As a taxpayer, I can tell you I am disgusted to see the athletic director, rather than canceling the season and holding these boys accountable for their actions, would instead name a new coach and cover up for these kids. Haven't we learned anything about how kids cannot be made to believe that, because they are on an athletic team, they don't have to have normal human levels of behavior. I am never going to vote for any referendums for St. Charles schools to get more money if this is the way their principals and athletic directors behave. This is ridiculous and disgusting, and I think that season should be canceled and the players should be held accountable for their actions.
The correct way
Lately, I'm hearing some incorrect grammar in writing and talking. They say, "me and my friend." It's supposed to be, "my friend and me." And a lot of people are saying, "I want to thank so-and-so." And then at the end, they don't say, "thank you." Some people do. They say, "I want to apologize." That's not an apology. They need to say, "I apologize."
We all watched the news on Boston. The 19-year-old who was captured, he became a citizen, but he is not a citizen of this country. My question is, anybody can become a citizen here? Aren't they checked out before? It's sad. My daughter, for two days, didn't even want to go anywhere.
Something needs to be done
I want to comment on the Stearns Road corridor between Route 25 and Randall Road. I'm assuming, with location, it's up to Elgin, South Elgin or the Kane County [Sherrif's Office] as in who will be patrolling it. I wonder if it's going to take someone to die in a very bad car accident before they do something about the speeding up and down that road. I've seen people cut off school buses, racing to get around somebody to beat a red light. It's not even exceeding the speed limit, it's even beyond that. Something needs to be done before somebody gets hurt or worse.
Face Time rules
I propose a new rule for the Face Time column. From now on, the word "rescue" cannot be used more than 17 times in one article.
Too many guns
I would like to express my opinion of the greediness and selfishness of the NRA and the gun dealers who go along with selling guns to anybody who wants them. And every day when I turn on the TV, all I hear about is people getting killed with guns. It's terrible that they are making money and not considering the other things that happen when people have those guns. Why can't our Congress do something about it?
Who voted for this guy?
It is most gratifying that newly elected state Sen. Jim Oberweis has focused his efforts on important, dynamic issues, such as raising the speed limit in Illinois and ousting GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his views on gay marriage. We may as well impeach Mark Kirk for his views, while we're at it. We need more representatives like Oberweis, who tackle our pressing, difficult problems, such as these, and do not waste their efforts on frivolous issues, such as high unemployment and unmanageable, growing deficits. Who voted for this guy, anyway?
Batavia's white elephant
The city of Batavia's white elephant, formerly the Baptist church, has an estimate of over $3 million to repair this building, which will require $800,000 immediately, so that the building can be reused. The building has been unoccupied since the city purchased the building in 2006. The next estimate the city of Batavia should receive is the cost to tear down the building, including the parking lot. The taxpayers of Batavia have been staring at the white elephant at the corner of Washington and Wilson too long. And now we get to look at the streetscape and downtown, with its arch, that looks like half a crown.
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