The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Fix the potholes I was wondering if it would be possible to fix some of the potholes in the outer drive of Charlestowne Mall. I frequently take the outer drive to scoot around to avoid the construction on Route 64, and one day I almost got stuck in two potholes. Please fix the potholes surrounding Charlestowne Mall.
The questions on the survey I hope that all residents of Batavia who are parents of high schoolers request a copy of the questionnaire that the kids were made to fill out. I think it's very important to note all the questions that were on that survey. Also, since the new administration is coming in and there are new school board members, I hope they will look at this whole issue of student privacy and questionnaires and re-evaluate the position they took at their last meeting. That is not the right thing to do. I hope that if there are any questions about lawsuits, that you don't use taxpayer money to defend a poor position.
City Council input needed Why should the Batavia City Council vote on department head appointments by the mayor if they have no time to review them and can't do anything about them? The City Council should have some input on who is running the city of Batavia on a day-to-day basis.
What kind of change? People who call in about the Sound Off in Batavia – we don't live in Batavia. They want change. Well, we have change now in the USA. We have change in the government of not doing anything enough for the seniors. Batavia is a small town. The Daley administration that was in Chicago was good. But remember, Batavia is a small town, and it cannot compare to Chicago. And stop putting parks in Geneva. We don't need more parks. They have to have upkeep, and you'll be paying for it. Have a restaurant. You don't have to put a dime in it at all.
What an eyesore Well, taxpayers of Batavia, you got taken in again by your politicians. The arch looks like something a 9-year-old would think of – no beauty at all. It doesn't fit in. What an eyesore. Poor Batavia taxpayers.
The awful arch I was calling on the arch. That looks awful. All the money that was put into that arch, and it doesn't look good. I hate to say that. I was hoping it would look beautiful. But that was a waste of money. The street is beautiful. The arch takes all the good looks away.
Thanks, President Obama It cost $74 to fill my gas tank this morning. Thanks, President Obama. When the chosen one took office, gas was $2.75 a gallon. Now it is $4.40 a gallon. Let's make sure not to get that keystone pipeline moving forward. Thanks, Obama.
Throwing money away I'm calling about the breakfast for the schools next year. I do work at the school, and they throw so much food away. And now with this hot lunch program. Kids don't eat this stuff. And now they're going to be throwing money away. And who is paying this? The taxpayers? We don't need this, just like we don't need that ... arch. Wait until we have a big wind storm and it blows down. It's going to happen.
Enough is enough This is a message for Chris Lauzen, county board chairman. Back off on all your new positions and hirees you are proposing. This is not state politics, where taxpayer money is spent whenever you politicians decide. Our taxes are out of this world, and you are just trying to get more politics involved. Back off. The county is doing fine without all the bureaucracy to deal with. I hope the Kane County Board agrees with this. Enough is enough.
Remembering D-Day Thursday, June 6, marked the 69th anniversary of D-Day. Over 160,000 soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy, and over 3,000 young Americans, many just teenagers and in their early 20s, died. It represented the largest sea, land and air operation in the history of mankind, and it marked the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny across Europe, and the victorious turning point of the allies in World War II. But what is the difference that D-Day makes to us today? When we remember, we reaffirm the values of self-sacrifice, duty and comradship for which the veterans of D-Day fought and, in some cases, died. But none of our major political figures ... made mention of this important day. And you have to look hard to find it in our news media. And I bet the event and its importance wasn't mentioned by our teachers in the classroom. What difference does remembering D-Day make? It depends on our view of the value these young men showed 69 years ago to ensure our freedom today.
What's the criteria? It is tragic that a young girl has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant. The national donor networks have strict guidelines to make sure that the donation goes to the best recipient. According to the guidelines for an organ donation, she is not old enough for a transplant. Now the politicians are pressing for the federal government to get involved in this lung transplant. This week, a federal judge ordered the National Donor Network to change its policy and admit the young girl and another juvenile, on the donor list. Is this the start of Obamacare, where judges determine who makes the donation list? Why would anyone want to donate an organ if that organ is not going to the neediest, but to the one with the best political and judicial connections?
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