The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Dryden did nothing wrong
I'm calling regarding the situation with the Batavia teacher John Dryden, and the school board censuring him. That is the most ridiculous thing I ever have heard of. I think any social studies teacher who did not inform students that they had the right to not incriminate themselves should have been censured. This teacher did nothing but inform the students of their rights. It's ridiculous for the school board to have punished him for that. I think when the polls open next time, every one of those school board members should be voted out. Your rights don't end when you walk in through the schoolhouse door.
Dryden's negative attitude
Batavia High School teacher John Dryden received a written warning and a loss of one day's pay for improper conduct involving his actions in the classroom. Reading comments made by Dryden, that he knows more about the Constitution than the school board and the retiring superintendent, shows complete disrespect for his employer. If he were in the private sector, he would have been fired. However, he has the cover of the teachers union and [is likely tenured], so he cannot easily be replaced. Let's hope the school board continues to watch Dryden and his negative attitude toward his superiors.
Fortunate to have Dryden
Thanks to the Batavia social studies teacher, who cared more for his students and didn't think of the consequences for his teaching career. We need more teachers like him. I hope the Batavia school parents know how fortunate they are to have this caring teacher. Do the right thing now, parents. Support him. Also, who was responsible for suggesting the survey? Maybe they should be docked a day's pay.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
This is a thank you message to the very kind person at the Batavia Post Office ... who found my eyeglasses and took the time and the caring to turn them in. Only in the Fox Valley! I thank you, thank you, thank you.
They helped when it was needed
On ... June 18, while taking a walk at Bennett Park in Geneva, I took a bad fall. I am a senior. I was alone, and I was lying on concrete with blood flowing out of the back of my head – not a good situation. I would like to acknowledge the angels who tended to me. You know who you are. Pam, who introduced herself to me and who called 911. Pete, who parked my car, called my son and made sure my keys and purse accompanied me to Delnor’s emergency room. Colin, the paramedic who kept me calm and focused. Andy and Mark, who got me to the hospital safely. Jim, the police officer who informed my church that I would not be able to help at our Third Tuesday Community Supper that night. Dr. Chris, the tailor extraordinaire of the many stitches my head required. Marla, Alex and Lindsey, the emergency room staff who patiently cared for me with humor. I am grateful to you all. Thank you.
It's not what people wanted
I was so looking forward to visiting my hometown of Batavia this year. So much has changed in the name of beautification. We need people in local government who grew up in Batavia and have happy memories and want to restore what we had, not make radical changes. Changes are good only if at the hands of competent leaders. What does the arch stand for? It is a crude, ugly eyesore, not worth thousands of dollars. And it's not what the people wanted.
Do something about the guns
I want to say that every morning when I wake up, the first thing I hear is all the killing and the shooting that went on in Chicago during the night. Why are we allowing this to happen? We are supposed to be a civilized country. When that many people get killed every night, guns should be taken away from everybody in the city. Nobody should have them in the city. They might be for wars, but they are not for city dwelling. Why don't they do something about it? It's unbelievable. Why are we trying to please the National Rifle Association? Why are we giving them the advantage of selling guns all the time? Why can't we do something about that? Who are they?
I'm calling in response to the person who was seeking a Christian church where there is a sense of reverence and worship at the beginning of the service. I would suggest that this caller visit St. Mark's Church in Geneva. They would find a quiet beginning to the service. It's a very worshipful service. There is a 9 o'clock on Sunday and a 10:30 on Sunday. I would invite this person to come to St. Mark's Church in Geneva.
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