The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Maybe there's a reason To the person complaining about the postal service carrier not responding to their dropping off the envelope and saying thank you – perhaps your postal carrier is hearing-impaired. We're everywhere, and we don't always hear people talking to us.
Not doing what they should be doing Whoever called about the "Have a nice day" item in last week's Sound Off must have the same postal man that I do. He never says anything. In addition to not speaking, which I can understand, he leaves the mail from the people behind me in my box. And he takes my mail somewhere else down the block. It's gotten to the point where I can't put anything in my box because I don't know where it's going to be. It might end up in someone else's yard. I've complained; we've all complained; and we were told hang tight, he's going to retire. But this has been going on for years. We're all going to retire sometime, but there should be something that can be said about the postal service not doing what they should be doing.
Uninformed opinions There was an item, titled "Understanding freedom," in last week's Sound Off. While all of his statements were distorted, our right to bear arms is granted for many reasons, and the biggest one is for people who would distort history. He quotes John Stuart Mill's influence on the Founding Fathers. John Stuart Mill did not have any influence on our Founding Fathers. People should read books and get to the last page before they actually make an opinion on anything.
Route 64 is now really nice I had occasion recently to drive on the stretch of Route 64 on the east side of town, which was torn up and under construction for so long. I have to say it's a beautiful road. It's so smooth and nice. Having that middle turn lane really is nice. When people are trying to make a left turn, it doesn't back up traffic and lead to accidents. It was very painful having to go through the stretch of having it under construction, but now that it's done, it's really nice. Hopefully, the businesses that were harmed by it will benefit by how nice it is now.
Unions and inflatable rats Seems to me that the unions spend a lot of time setting up inflatable rats and sitting in lawn chairs. Maybe if they want the job so bad, they can think of ways of cutting the cost, so people trying to run a business can afford them.
Looking for Oktoberfest Does anyone know where there is an Oktoberfest in October, not geared toward kids. We're all grownups here. We just moved to the area a couple of years ago, and we still don't know. If there are any in St. Charles or Geneva, please let us know. We will be there.
It wasn't appropriate Driving down any main street in a town with a homecoming football game, many storefronts have paintings depicting a victory over the opponent. There is no advertising on the storefront as to the group that decorated the window. Yet at a coffee shop in the north suburbs, the high school gay-lesbian-transgender organization decided to advertise their group on the window they painted. The store ... removed the decoration, as not being in the right celebration for homecoming. Now, the coffee shop and its parent organization are in trouble with the group that painted the window. What right does any group have in decorating a homecoming window and placing their advertising within the decoration?
They're stepping on us The only time the servants of the people recognize the American citizens, is when they look down to see who they are stepping on to get up on the next rung of the ladder. That is from the library board to the president of the USA. Not one of them will answer an email or a letter from the citizens.
Leadership at the top I don't have the answers to all the crises in government that we continue to have over and over again, but what I do know is the rhetoric that I hear is so inflammatory and so disappointing and offensive and sad. Even our own president seems to be fanning the fire. I wish our leader would have more problem-solving skills and more people skills and be able to bring all of his citizens together and not be so divisive. It's always a battle between us and them, and I think there should be more civility in the conversation and more statesmanship, more respect of the other side. The attitude and demeanors seem to be so disparaging and disrespectful and rude. I understand why it must be so difficult to sit down and deal with each other. There could be more leadership at the top.
If it's only money, make it your money I'm calling about the Main Street tradition on the homecoming parade in St. Charles. Yes, everything does come down to money. The churches cry that they need more money. The schools cry that they need more money. So, the person says it's a little more expensive, so let him pay for it. Let the parents who have kids in these schools pay for more. We never had any kids, so we're paying for that? I can't see it. I can see why people are moving out of St. Charles. In the five years I've been here, I'm on my third different neighbor. They come and go. So, parents with high school students, pay up a little more, if it's only money.
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