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Sound Off: A black mark on Batavia

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

A black mark on Batavia
The viewpoint in the Chronicle on 13 of 34 Batavia businesses with liquor offenses was right on. For all the good points the city has, this is a black mark on the city. How much longer will they get by with just a slap on the hand? Please, in the future, suspend their liquor licenses.

Afraid of the bunny clown? Why?
I'm calling about the bunny clown in Elburn. Why were they scared of a little bunny? Who decided that children were being chased by the clown? It was probably none other than the parents who decided this. How childish, instead of asking the bunny who she was, they said, "Oh, she's chasing us." No charges were filed. Why should there be charges filed? This was just a teenager having a little fun. I think Elburn should grow up, especially the parents. Quit making up these stories.

Puppy mills are bad
I'm responding to the Sound Off item about "Wonderful dogs." The person had actually adopted a dog from a store that they believe [had] gotten the dogs from puppy mills. The problem is not the store. The problem is the puppy mills have deplorable conditions for these dogs. I, personally, was involved with fostering a dog from a puppy mill. The dog cages were stacked on top of one another, so the feces and the urine went down on other dogs. Some of the dogs that were not on the top level had to be totally shaved and bathed. This was an unheated place in rural Aurora. Fortunately, the woman who ran this puppy mill was found out about, and the police entered the situation. The dog that I had went outside, and she never knew what outside was. It's deplorable, and that's the point. It's not what the stores are doing, rather, it's where the dogs are obtained from.

Shut down puppy mills
For the person who wrote [about] encouraging people to buy puppies at stores that get their dogs from puppy mills, all I can say is unbelievable. As long as she's happy, I guess horrific places like puppy mills should stay in business. What people should do is research the breed that they want and find a reputable breeder. They should research what puppy mills actually are and why rescue organizations go in there and take dogs away from those people. It's lucky that she rescued, basically, two dogs from a store, but what happens to those puppies that outgrow their cute puppy stage and are left at the store? Puppy mills should be shut down.

Outstanding Concours d'Elegance
I have gone to the Concours d'Elegance for many years and would have to say this past Sunday's event was the best ever. Not only were the classic turn-of-the-century cars shown, they also had a good collection of newer sport, foreign and muscle cars. Again, thanks to the city and to everyone who made this event possible. In noting the record crowds, it looked like everyone sure enjoyed it. I know I did.

Give us a break
Here we go again, Batavia. Spend the taxpayers' money. Put that new field in. Let us live off the land. Whose land? Not God's land. Let's not pass this again. This is ridiculous. Batavia, you are taxing us out of our homes. Give us a break. No more taxes, please. I can't stand any more taxes.

Where's my P-card?
Superintendent of School District 304 wants a raise? What is the matter? Look at the money he makes. Can't he live on that? But, no, let's put more money onto the taxpayers' bills. And also the P-cards! Let all residents have one.

The 'Heroin Highway'
The "Heroin Highway" is Interstate 290, to and from Chicago. If they want, all suburban kids, late teens, early 20s, know where to find heroin sold on the streets of Chicago, as a drive-thru service. Look for the documentary about this epidemic that features the Heroin Highway. I think most of us have heard of someone who has lost a family member or a friend to this horrible addiction. Almost 50 deaths in DuPage County, and roughly half of that in Kane County, annually, can be stopped. Young adults make bad decisions, yes, but if they can find these heroin drive-thrus in the west and south side of the city of Chicago, why can't the police?

We're all going to die
What's with this use of the word "passed" for "died"? Whenever I hear this euphemism, I want to say, "Did the person pass the bar exam? Did the person pass go and collect $200?" Oh, you mean died. What are people afraid of? We're all going to die. Let's quit playing games and use the proper terms.

Too hot for school
There is no reason for schools to be starting in mid-August. There is no reason for schools to be ending in May. There are schools that are not air conditioned. Classrooms with stifling heat are not conducive to learning. And yet, school districts insist upon rejecting common sense by starting and ending the school year way too early. There is no reason for schools to end their first semesters prior to winter break, so high school students can take their finals. They can take them in mid-January. High school students live in the community. They do not have to travel long distances, as many college students do. For colleges, it makes sense to end the semester prior to the start of break, but not for local schools. It's time to demand that our local school districts start using common sense. It's time to launch a nationwide movement called SOS, save our summers.

A sad commentary on modern life
There is no doubt that cellphones are a wonderful thing. They provide safety and security and the means to communicate for both emergency and convenience purposes. However, the advent of smartphone technology, as well as other technology, is creating a nation of addicts. More and more people are now a part of the chaos of constant communication. Are you lonely? Are you needy? Is your life so lacking in direction and purpose that you need to always be in constant communication with someone else? Don't you like your own company? It's obvious that many people don't enjoy the company of the people they are with, as they are constantly checking their phones, even when out in a restaurant and other public places. This is indeed a sad commentary on our modern life.

Teach the Common Core
I'm seeing all these articles about the Common Core state standards and how people are so upset about these Common Core standards. The only reason I think people would be upset is because teachers wouldn't begin to know how to teach those standards. I learned those things when I was in school. I was reading at a college level in third grade. I have read books that were college level all my life and beyond. We did math. We did science. We did geology. We studied the byproducts of what processes were going on in our neighborhoods and our industrial parks. We learned. We learned how to read rocks. We learned how trees worked and all that stuff. I don't know what the big deal is, except that the teachers won't be able to teach it. They don't even know how to do long division without a calculator. I think we need a whole lot more of this, and we need to concentrate on STEM for American citizens and not worry so much about the foreigners. We need to give Americans jobs first.

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