The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Thank you, good samaritan
Thank you, good samaritan, for returning my lost Geneva library book, by Catherine Coulter, and two miscellaneous items. I appreciate your kindness. You have restored my faith in humanity.
Congratulations, St. Charles utility
Ten years ago, if somebody sneezed too loud, the power went off in our house in St. Charles. But with the severe thunderstorms rolling through our area last Labor Day weekend, our power barely flickered. Thank you, and congratulations St. Charles utility. Great job.
Civil War re-enactment success
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the Civil War re-enactors who helped make the living history event at Riverwalk Park a huge success this year. Over 1,000 visitors learned about Civil War army life. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War upon us, Batavia needs to do more events like this, to honor the nearly 300 Batavia men who served during the Civil War. Also, if you did not see the Civil War display of military artifacts at the Batavia historical museum, you missed a great exhibit. It was wonderful. They are now doing an exhibit on Civil War medicine and medical practices. It would be well worth your time to take a trip to the Batavia historical museum to see this event.
Do the right thing
Do the right thing. When you find something that doesn't belong to you, turn it in. Don't use it. My daughter was studying at a Starbucks this week. She mistakenly left her Starbucks card behind. She realized it when she received a message on her phone that her card was being reloaded from her Visa. She went back to the Starbucks and didn't find it, and it had not been turned in. The card has since been canceled, especially after we found it had been used several times. It's still very upsetting. Please do the right thing, people.
A comment in Sound Off the other week questioned the use of "passed" for "died." It was not "passed away," as mentioned by another reader in last week's column.
Get the story straight
I'm calling in regard to a Sound Off in the paper from the person who complained that kids didn't need to go to Springfield, and that the school didn't have to pay for this. In my seven years of teaching fourth grade, never did the school pay for those trips. The children worked at selling ice cream at lunch time. They worked at selling posters. All of which held teaching lessons, as well as raising money. Whatever money was not raised, in order to defray the cost of the trip, the parents would have to pay for it. I wish people would get their story straight and investigate their things.
Waiting for a thank you
I am very disappointed. I recently mailed a donation to Rover Rescue and dropped off a donation at Anderson Animal Shelter and didn't receive an acknowledgement or a thank you. Someone needs to keep track of these things and at least appreciate the donations that are coming in.
What are the Batavia School Board members thinking – $13.4 million for athletic fields? School is for learning. All of the sports and extracurriculars are for a few of the students. Do you really think that bake sales and fundraisers of $10,000 are really going to make a dent in a $13.4 million price tag? Get real. What's wrong with keeping the arboretum? I think the school board is out of the reality of most of the Batavia residents.
Dogs need homes
My first little dog came from a pet shop. The first weekend I had her, she nearly died with a parasite from a puppy mill from out of state. I took her to the vet. They tried to make me pay for expensive antibiotics. I said, charge it to the pet shop. They sold me a sick dog. She's 13 now, and she's still with me. My second little dog came from the shelter, and he was aggressive. He had been mistreated. He had been tortured. We gave him lots of love, and after about a month, he quit shaking and he settled down. He was neutered and had all of his shots and a chip. So get your dogs from a shelter. Don't buy them from a puppy mill. There's so many dogs out there that need homes. Do the right thing.
Trains are too loud
I understand that trains sound their horns when approaching intersections. However, it seems that the trains going through Batavia and North Aurora during the middle of the night are excessive, to say the least. The decibel level is deafening, not to mention the frequency and length of the horns. At times, it's so bad that I wonder if the train engineer is bored and just trying to have some fun by waking all of us up. This is maddening to say the least. One would think there would be a local ordinance limiting this nuisance.
Too many charges in Batavia
Our taxes aren't high enough in Batavia, apparently. Our cost for sewage and water and sewage apparently aren't high enough in the city of Batavia. Now they want to charge us to maintain the storm drains and the storm basins and so on. What ... is going on with these people? Don't they know how to manage their money? Don't they know how to use what they have? Don't they understand that they're driving people out of town? If there is one more charge on my bill, I am leaving Batavia. They can stick this place in their ear. We already pay for water going down the drain. We pay for electricity. We pay for brush pickup. We pay for everything. If we want something from the city, we have to pay a fee. If we want to install a furnace, we have to get an inspection on the furnace and we have to get a permit to have a ... furnace installed in our house. And now they want to charge us because they can't keep the storm water straightened out. I clean my storm drains. I don't see why the city can't do it. If there's one more charge, I'm selling my house and getting ... out of dodge. I'm sick of this place.
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