The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
A bad choice
Just a couple of comments about the Batavia High School performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace." First of all, the students did a fantastic job. They were skilled beyond their years, including several very talented freshmen. Secondly, the set design crew and production team did a great job making this a quality performance in a beautiful facility. Here's the rub. I was very disappointed in the content of the performance. My bad for not being familiar with the storyline, but serial killing and drunkenness isn't something I consider to be great comedy. There surely are other plays with more positive, thought-provoking plots that could have been performed by our youth. I don't know who oversees the selection of the plays, but next time, please choose more wisely.
Don't control people
I'm responding to the correct way about writing and talking. The person called in and said you have to do it this way and people do it this way. Oh, please don't control people. I had a friend who, everything that I said or everything that I did, she corrected me. She had two years more in college than I did. We're both in our 50s. I don't have a friendship with her anymore. I could not stand her correcting everything I did. It was at a restaurant, at the library, everything. Please, don't correct people on how they say something or how they write something. It seems you should be a teacher.
Changing a society
If gay marriage passes in Illinois, please tell me how things will change for high school field trips. Will two boys share a hotel room for an overnight competition? I believe parents will think twice regarding overnight stays. Making something legal and accepted in society changes a society. Colorado passed a marijuana bill, and now there are pot parties.
What is going on?
Read in the newspaper the talk of passing a bill to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70. They drive too fast now. And who is going to pay for all the new speed limit signs? We can't fix the roads now because we have no money. What [is] going on with this place?
Too much money
I'm calling about the old First Baptist Church in Batavia. They claim it will cost in excess of $3 million to repair by this company they hired. I've been in business myself for many years, and you can't convince me that you go by one person's opinion. Call Batavia Enterprises, a known product and they do a beautiful job. See if they can't come and give you a quote. I think that's way too much money.
Important part of history
The First Baptist Church building in Batavia should be marked as a historical landmark. If the city didn't want to use it, it shouldn't have bought it.
Repaired, at last
Hooray for the people who have repaired the tower clock in the Butera shopping area. I've waited a long, long time for that clock to be repaired. Thank you.
Paying a high price
By now, if you are a homeowner or business owner, you have received your real estate tax bill. I suggest you look at it very carefully and, in particular, note the amount going to our school districts and remember that amount the next time the school district seeks another bond issue or raises for the administration and teachers. In my case, schools will receive over 66 percent of the total bill. If you are a retiree, you are paying a high price for living in your own home.
Laws are not enforced
I've been reading this article on gun safety that you have in your opinion column, and I would like to express disdain for any newspaper or anybody else who wants to strengthen background check laws against law-abiding citizens. The fact of the matter is, laws are simply not enforced in this country. I've been reading the 844-page immigration reform law, and it's so full of holes that even Swiss cheese would have more coverage. It's an amnesty law. And it's the same with gun-control laws. We have very strict gun-control laws, especially here in Illinois. The laws are simply not enforced. You go to Chicago, and you have cameras everywhere. You go here, and there are cameras everywhere. But you can't catch these gang bangers who are breaking the law constantly. The Constitution says we have a right to be secure in our persons, places and possession, and we have a right not to be searched without a warrant, and you have to have probable cause to even get a warrant, and yet our rights are continually taken away. My right to person, place and possession would mean my background, my privacy, my right to be secure and my Second Amendment right to own a firearm, if I want one. Nobody is twisting anybody's arm to get a gun, but if we have laws that were enforced on immigration and gun control, we won't need any more.
It's far superior
Why would you list both The Sugar [Path] and Sweet Natalies in your dining guide and not mention The Latest Crave, which is far superior? Their cupcakes are the best.
Taxing us out of our homes
Today I received my Batavia real estate tax bill. All I can say is, wow. I am now wondering whether taxpayers have finally had enough. The federal government keeps telling us that inflation is near 0 percent, but our Kane County taxing bodies don't get it. They refuse to reduce their budgets and their taxing. Please compare the real estate tax rates from 2009 to 2012. The Batavia real estate tax rate for that period increased by 27.35 percent when inflation has been zero. We all should be thankful we are in a real estate depression. Time to throw out every Kane County elected official. They don't get it. They are taxing us out of our homes, and, in many cases, our real estate tax bill is now greater than our mortgage payment for the entire year. Something is wrong with this picture.
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