The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
The horror of summer
The horror of summer is back. Why Batavia chooses to invite bicyclists to our wonderful town is beyond me. They do not spend any money here. They are rude. They are arrogant, and they are quick with the finger. They refuse to obey any traffic-control devices and act like they own the road. And I am speaking about adults here, not children.
Help is available
I'm calling regarding the senior citizen [and] the dental health needed. There is an organization called the Tri-City Health Partnership, located in St. Charles. They have a listing of organizations who do free or low-cost dental health. Call the Tri-City Health Partnership, and I am sure they can get you to the right person to take care of your tooth.
That, I would never do
I'm responding to, "Thanks a lot, Mr. President." A widow bought a long-term health care policy before 50 years of age. That, I would never do. I'm in my mid-60s. If you own property and you are sick, then you go into a nursing home or assisted living and sell your place. You do not need to leave anything to your kids. I see my relatives once a year, and they all drive. I will not purchase a long-term health care. I don't intend to leave anything to the relatives. You can also get a helper or a companion or a caregiver. I have a caregiver. And if I need to go to doctors appointments, where I need to have somebody drive me, I have them. It's a lot cheaper than going to a retirement community.
Love voting as much as you love the Hawks
I watch TV and read the local papers and all this hullaballoo about the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup, and I'm very happy for them and very proud of them. And I see millions of people downtown celebrating this win, and all I could think of was, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get all of those citizens out, in the same number of droves, to vote in our elections? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get that number of people out to let the senators and congressmen know what we want and what we don't want? Wouldn't it be wonderful if our people took as much pride in their country and their government as they do in a win by the Blackhawks? I don't want to diminish the win by the Blackhawks, but I sure wish people would understand that this country is their country. And if they would demonstrate the same loyalty and the same support for their country as they do for the Blackhawks, our country would be the strongest country in the world. It is not that today. We are fast becoming a third-world nation. Please, get out and vote. Please, contact your senators and congressmen on this immigration bill. Please, contact your senators and congressmen and let them know what we, the citizens, want, not what they're bribed by corporations to get.
They represent us
Our elected officials, whether they go to Washington, Springfield or a local city council meeting, have been elected by us to represent us. I will repeat that, they have been elected, by the people, to represent the people who put them in office. They are not there to do their own bidding or vote along party lines. They are there to represent the people and do what the majority of the people who put them in that office in the first place want them to do. Let's get back to government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Dryden did no harm
I haven't been following the story about the social studies teacher John Dryden, but from what I read in Sound Off, the school board has censored him for informing his students about their rights under the Constitution. I thought school is where you learned about the Constitution. Dryden was showing students how to exercise their rights. The school board has gone too far with this. It shouldn't even be an issue. I don't see the harm done.
It's past time for a change
Today is July 4, 2013. It is the United States' Independence Day. And it makes me realize that during our lifetime and our forefathers' lifetime, that when the going got tough and things went wrong, we didn't run from our country. We stayed here and fixed it. I am so fed up with all these illegal immigrants coming into this country and not trying to be Americans but demanding that signs be put in Spanish, demanding that voting registration forms be in Spanish, demanding special treatment. What happened to being loyal American citizens? And what about these churches standing up and saying, we've got to take care of these people. What happened to give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and give unto God what is God's, when it comes to forcing and obeying the laws? Is it OK for some people to be lawless, and the rest of us have to pay for it? Is it right for people like Blagojevich and Ryan to go to jail for corruption, while illegal immigrants and their parents make fraudulent identifications. Is it OK that these people steal our jobs? Why should we care about illegal immigrants? What about their children? If an American citizen had a child and put it in a dangerous position, for something as simple as having improperly putting in a car seat, their kids would be taken away. Why aren't illegal immigrants' kids taken away? It's past time for a change.
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