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The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:

Dismayed at ignorance I'm calling in response to the "English-only on the Fourth, please" caller. I honestly hope that the Chronicle needs to put out a special edition to print all of the responses to your intolerant and hateful call. I am dismayed at your ignorance. By the way, what language did your ancestors speak when they came to this country?

Speak your language I'm responding to "English-only on the Fourth." I understand what the person wrote about speaking Spanish at July 4. I think the only way to curb it is, basically, speak your language. If you're Italian, start speaking Italian in public when they are talking Spanish. If you're Polish, start speaking Polish in your language. You go to Walgreens and you listen to half English and half Spanish. Come on. If I went to Mexico, do you think they would speak English for me? No. Do you think I would be able to get all the free health care? No. Do you think I would get everything handed to me in Mexico? No.

Get some cultural awareness I'm calling about the "English-only on the Fourth, please." Unless this person is a Native American I would suspect that their relatives did speak English when they came to this country. I'm grateful that my grandparents came to this country from eastern Europe in the early 1900s because that resulted in my being an American. This person should get some cultural awareness, and that way they can learn they are not superior to anyone else. That is not what America is about. Thank you.

Open your heart To the person who was heartbroken because they had to hear people speaking Spanish at the Pottawatomie fireworks – seriously? They weren't speaking to you, so what do you care? This country is and always has been a melting pot. The Hispanic community is growing, so if you want to move where no other language but English is spoken, good luck finding that magical place. Open your heart and your mind to others, and erase the bigotry. I wonder, would you have the same feelings if they were speaking French? I think not.  

Verdict was correct I think the fact that so many people have been arrested and so much property damaged while protesting the Zimmerman verdict is a good indication that the verdict of not guilty for Zimmerman was correct. Thank you.

Not that same outrage You know the Zimmerman trial is over, and Zimmerman has been found not guilty. I'm very disturbed about the outcome – not of the trial, but at the people who demand that he be tried for some other crime, some civil rights crime. Why is it that we're not allowed to protect our property? And our property includes not only our person but everything else. The government is allowed to spy on us. And why isn't there the same outrage about illegal immigration? These people are invading our property. They're taking jobs that don't belong to them. They're lying on forms. They're using ITIN forms that clearly state that you're not supposed to lie and say you're a citizen. They're not to be used in exchange in place of a green card. And yet our government refuses to prosecute these people. We have all these sanctuary cities. These people are flaunting the law. They're demonstrating in our streets, and yet we can see all this outrage about a person who was defending himself. We can see all this outrage about people not being able to own guns, and they don't want us to own guns, but we can't protect ourselves. And yet we have a whole group of people who are complete and totally outside the law, and there's not that same outrage. Why, why isn't there the same outrage? Why are we not having the outrage for these corporations that are hiring these illegal immigrants? Why do we not have the same outrage for these people who are stealing identities and ruining our lives?

Question on qualifications I would like to know what the qualifications are to become a school board member. It would be interesting to know just what their duties are.

Age important A very important part of an autobiography or a biography of an individual is that person's age. It helps you relate that person to the things that have occurred in their life. If someone's ego is so bad that they don't want to reveal their age, I ask that you not print their story in the Face Time. Thank you.

Embrace River Street This is my second call regarding this subject. I call on Batavians to embrace our River Street. For me, the arch is understated power through simplicity, just like my city. Really, embrace our lovely town. Please be mindful.

Look at the arch I would just like to say there should be more people coming to Batavia to look at the arch to see what $117,000 looks like. Thank you.

Way to go Way to go, St. Charles, getting rid of one of the best administrators you have.

Tax dollars at work I'm calling about my tax dollars at work, and as a hardworking American, paying lots of taxes – local, state and federal. I was in Walmart last night, and the couple in front of me, who were clearly foreigners, dressed with, like, $40 jeans, $40 shoes, a pregnant wife, a kid. And at the end of their food line was, like, a 12-pack of Modelo beer, which I guess is a good beer. They used food stamps, and coincidentally I didn't have much to buy 'cause I don't have a lot of money. I pay it all in taxes. I was out in the parking lot, and they were leaving. And they were getting in a nice shiny – I don't know whether it was absolutely new – Cadillac Escalade with 20-inch rims. And I think those rims run two grand. But maybe I just wanted to say how happy I am as a taxpayer and get to see how my tax dollars are being used in Illinois.

Watch for warnings When the child was trapped in the sand dunes of Indiana, he had followed his dad to climb the dunes. It was reported that the area had been cordoned off as unsafe. When will people learn to obey warnings?

Costs will skyrocket [The] Tuesday, July 16, paper had an article about the construction going on at Delnor Hospital and quoted the president as saying it is part of Cadence's larger $90 million reinvestment program. Hospitals and large nonprofit health systems demand larger payments from Medicare and insurance companies than smaller independent private practices, surgery centers and imaging enters. To keep the nonprofit status, they spend multi-millions on bricks and mortar. The public and the insurance companies should concentrate their support on the independent groups to maintain those facilities, which provide a much better value for patients and could help control the cost of health care. As more consolidations occur, the cost of health care will skyrocket.

Illinois and Wisconsin While vacationing in Wisconsin recently, I saw a great example of the differences between Republicans and Democrats. For several years, Democrats had controlled the state. Now, Republicans have control. Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced the state is going to end the fiscal year with a surplus of $500 million. This was unheard of in the past under Democrats' control. The news media interviewed three Democrats about this development. Each Democrat had their own spending plan on how to spend the $500 million. But the  Republican governor and his fellow Republicans said no to spending. Instead, the plan is reducing taxes for the coming year, so all taxpayers in the state will benefit. The Wisconsin Democrats are just like the Illinois Democrats. The Democrats want to spend, tax and spend and spend and spend. Republicans want to control spending and live within our means. Illinois increases taxes, and Wisconsin lowers taxes. Wisconsin may not be what they want to be, but at least they're headed in the right direction, which is more than you can say for the Democrats controlling the state of Illinois.

The facts on food stamps The political cartoon in Friday's Kane County Chronicle shows the true liberalism in not presenting all of the known facts that the media uses, including the Kane County Chronicle for printing it. The cartoon shows a large elephant, a symbol of the GOP, pointing a finger, stating that the food stamp program needs to go on a diet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, is not going anywhere. Since 2008, the food stamp program has increased in budgetary size to over $80 billion, and it affects one in seven, or 47 million residents of the United States. All food stamps programs are [administered] by the state, not the federal government. Why the food stamp bill is part of the Farm Bill is purely political because the Democrats need support for other spending, and the food stamp program has never been able to stand on its own, so add food stamps to the popular Farm Bill for support from political parties. Food stamps are government welfare and should be part of all welfare programs, not a Farm Bill.

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