The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
I am outraged at the waste of taxpayer money in Batavia once again. It is time to stop playing the ostrich game, and get their heads out of the sand. Putting the names on the forms and expecting to learn anything? Who is responsible for this? Batavia High School is fortunate to have this outstanding educator on its staff who truly cares and knows how to help the youth of today.
I just wanted to call and say that as a customer of Marberry Cleaners in the Valley Shopping Center, I am so delighted with [Deb's] service, time and time again, and when I went in to pick up my laundry Friday, she had a wonderful Memorial Day display and had great reverence for the true meaning of the day. Marberry should treasure that employee.
A classic small town
Where local government is concerned, Batavia needs to clean house. There are too many complacent, self-serving individuals in charge. We need public servants who are willing to listen to and serve the people, public officials who don't bend the rules to fit their own agenda. We need to restore what we have and stop trying to build bigger and better. Batavia is one of the few classic small towns left. Let's keep it that way. No more radical changes, please.
Build a restaurant
I'm responding to "How about a park?" in Geneva, where the Mill Race Inn is. A park has to be kept up. You're going to pay to have it done. If you have any children's equipment, that has to be paid for by Geneva's taxpayers. I say, build a restaurant. It brings income to the community and also the taxpayers don't have to put a dime in it. Forget the parks. You get the teenagers. Just because the kids live in the Tri-Cities, they are not angels, believe me.
Build a park
I agree with the caller who proposed that the best use of the Mill Race Inn is a park and not a restaurant or condos. We have more than enough of those. Many cities have had the vision to develop their riverfront properties into park-like settings that lure tourists and benefit all residents. Why not include the Hillquist property that has been vacant for years? It is unlikely that it could ever be developed commercially because of lack of parking. Come on, Geneva, we can take a stand right now for preserving one of our community's finest assets for the benefits of this and future generations. Call your park district, alderperson or forest preserve representative and tell them we want a riverside park and not more condos or restaurants.
Leave the speed limit alone
I'm calling about the article I read in Saturday's paper, with Jim Oberweis saying that the 70 mph speed limit will allow people to legally be able to drive like that. I've got news for you ... people are going to drive much higher and faster than that. I've gone down Interstate 90 the past two weekends because I have a camper. I am constantly amazed by how people pass me as if I'm just sitting there. I'm doing the speed limit through the construction zones. I think this is a bad idea, and this is one of the reasons I didn't vote for this fool.
There's no opposition
To "Where is the [opposition]?" in Batavia, there is none. Did you ever hear of the political term, the town is sewed up? Chicago was like that during Daley's time.
A change is needed
I'm reading Saturday's edition, and in there, the Batavia aldermen approved reappointments. One of the aldermen, who shall remain nameless, said, I wouldn't want to just rubberstamp what the mayor says, and that is in quotations. The problem with Batavia is that we have had a mayor here who has been in here 30-plus years. I have lived in Batavia for over 25 years, and I do feel that a change is needed. Our taxes are rising. We aren't getting any more services for what is getting done. And the fact of the matter is our mayor, even though he is a native Batavian, needs to be replaced with someone who has a vision for the future because he's embroiled in the past. I concur with the alderman who spoke out, I wouldn't want to just rubberstamp what the mayor says.
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