The following is what our readers sounded off about:
Good news on graduates
I'm calling to congratulate the editorial staff for these features on the graduating seniors. It's really nice to read about kids who are working hard and making their impact in something other than just sports. I love sports, and I think athletes deserve some attention, but it seems that they get almost all the attention, and it's really nice to read about some of these other kids who have worked hard in music and journalism and leadership roles, and how they are going to make an impact on our world. Congratulations for doing this. I sure hope you continue this every year, and I'd love to see a similar series on each of our valedictorians from our local high schools. I'd like to hear about each of them and where they're going. Those are the kind of kids who are probably going to change the world in a positive way. Thanks for putting those in.
My family is being forced to change cellphone service because our present carrier, U.S. Cellular, Chicago region, is being purchased by a larger cell carrier. Our cellphones dial in and dial out and text in and text out, with some games. When I visited all four major phone carriers, I am presented with Blackberry, smartphones, 3G, 4G, Android, iPhones, apps and – of course – pricing. Not one sales person has mentioned why I should change to that particular carrier.
Time to demolish Mill Race Inn
I read in the Chronicle about Mill Race Inn being sold. A nice, big parking lot would be good. The place looks like a dump. Please tear it down, it's spoiling the looks of Geneva. And also, if we had more parking, more people would come here for the different activities we have.
Government for the people?
Batavians are complaining about their property taxes. Don't they understand that taxes have to go up, so city government can continue to fund their lame-brain projects? Why is it that just a few are given the power over so many? Government was meant to work for the people, not against the people.
Do something about the guns
I can't believe that everybody can't see all the random shooting that's going on. Even the National Rifle Association could see that it's unbelievable, and people are using their guns for whatever they want. It's getting out of hand. Why doesn't somebody do something about it? It's killing people and shooting all the time. It doesn't seem like a civilized society. Somebody should do something about it.
A big ripoff?
Can someone please tell me why the cost of regular gasoline is 30 cents higher in the Tri-Cities than it is in Maple Park. Is this another big ripoff?
Tear them down
Let's hope that the Batavia City Council and its longtime Batavia resident, Mayor Schielke, follows Geneva's lead. Geneva [could] demolish the Mill Race Inn restaurant. The city of Batavia should do the same thing with the former First Baptist Church. Tear it down so the building does not become a hindrance in redeveloping the corner of Washington and Wilson.
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