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

Learn English To respond to some of the questions concerning languages spoken in the United States – my grandparents came from Germany and spoke German. They settled in a neighborhood of similarly speaking folks, but they made a concerted effort to learn English, in order to adapt to their new country. They worked hard to blend in with the people of this country.

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.

Beautiful bridge I simply just want to congratulate any and all involved in the planning and the construction of the Red Gate Bridge. It's beautiful and very useful for many of us.

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.

We cannot fund this school district This is a message to all of the taxpayers in St. Charles District 303. Let District 303 know that you will no longer support the increase in your tax bill for school funding. We need to give them less. We have the power, as taxpayers, to give them less. Work with less, do more. That is what everyone else has had to do. District 303 thinks taxpayers are a blank check. We cannot afford District 303 any longer. We have to start making cuts, just like Chicago did. We need to close schools. We need to cut back. If it's more than reading, writing and arithmetic, let the parent take the child to a private company to learn other skills, extracurricular activities, athletics. Times have changed. We cannot fund this school district any longer.

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? Be happy with what you have I'm calling about the H.C. Storm parents who are complaining about not having an art and music room. When my children went to that school, we had art on a cart, we had music on wheels, and we had Spanish on the go. It's happened before, and they will survive. They had wonderful teachers, and that is what it takes. It is not the room; it's the way that the teacher presents the lessons, and the outcomes. So parents, you should be glad to even have the programs at all. When I was in elementary school, we didn't have art and music as separate classes, or even Spanish for that matter. Be happy with what you have.

The courage to reduce spending All levels of government just don't get it – reduce spending. The Batavia School District wants to spend millions on an upgraded football stadium. Waubonsee Community College is giving out 4 percent raises when those in private industry are lucky to even keep their jobs. Our real estate tax bills are out of control. Does any elected official really care about this? And do they have the courage to truly reduce spending so our real estate tax bills actually go down? I truly doubt it.

A new era in St. Charles I'm a happy resident, knowing that St. Charles will be looking for a new city administrator. With a new mayor and a new city administrator, hopefully we can bring St. Charles back to what it used to be – a beautiful place to live and a great place to work. We need to also take a look at the aldermen who served with the former mayor and served with the former city administrator. Those aldermen should be replaced.

• You can sound off, as well, by calling our Sound Off line at 630-845-5240 or by sending an e-mail to soundoff@kcchronicle.com. Calls must be limited to 1 minute or less.

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