The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
You give us a voice Thank you for my two favorite columns – Face Time and Sound Off. I especially enjoy Sound Off because there is no concern for political correctness. A person applying for a job does not need to worry about any repercussions from a letter to the newspaper, which can be found on the Internet by a potential employer. This is a real concern if the employer hates your political point of view. You give us a voice, without worry. My thanks to you, the Kane County Chronicle, you give us the freedom to let our opinion be heard. Also, I remember, as far as the Spanish at Pottawatomie Park, my grandmother whispering in Polish, so not to offend those who did not understand her. There is quite a difference today. It's very, very sad.
Thank you for Sound Off We enjoy reading the Sound Off column. It gives us a time to vent. I never put anything in there that I would not want to sign with my name. We all enjoy the privilege of it, and with any topic we can put in. Thank you for the Sound Off.
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 [a recent] 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?
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.
A perilous situation When you are driving north on Route 25, and then you want to proceed west on Stearns Road, the perilous situation that you find yourself in was caused by the same people that will be running your healthcare.
A phony scandal Obama's latest catch phrase, when referring to the IRS squandering money and Benghazi, are that they are "phony scandals." The biggest phony scandal that Americans are dealing with is you, President Obama.
Great time at St. Charles restaurant We would like to thank the owners and staff at the Limani Port of Greece Restaurant in St. Charles. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there and everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to the awesome staff at the restaurant. The food was delicious; servers were prompt, attentive, and fun. Pete, Helen, Louis, Amanda, the chefs, and the rest of the staff went way beyond our expectations to make this a very special day for us, our family, and friends. This restaurant was formerly the Odyssey Greek Taverna and is under new ownership as Limani Port of Greece. The food there has improved significantly under the new ownership. The restaurant is across from Charlestowne Mall. Please brave the Main Street construction and give them a try, whether for a dinner out or a group party.
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