The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
You're going to pay Has anyone seen the affordable act? The deductibles are what they are. We've had our own health insurance for eight years, and yes we have a high deductible, and we have high premiums. That's when you get the government involved in your everyday life. What's next? For them to tell you how many children you can have? Good luck in finding a good affordable act insurance premium. You're going to pay. And I'm wondering, for the people who never had health insurance, do you honestly believe that they will pay these prices? I doubt it.
Obamacare is good Thankfully, the Affordable [Care Act], aka Obamacare, went into effect. ... As with many laws, it is not perfect. However, millions of Americans will quickly find out that its benefits far outweigh any of its shortcomings, which are likely to be corrected in the near future, if given a fair chance. Insurance companies, many in the medical profession, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and our congressmen will continue to voice their opposition to protect their interests. It is time for them to change their mindset and start supporting the rest of us. This is a good law, along the lines of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
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.
Withhold your taxes The government is shut down. Congress has a 10 percent approval rating. Mr. Obama keeps claiming there is nothing to talk about. He wants his way. It’s his way or the highway, or no way. My suggestion is since the majority of the people disapprove of what Congress is doing, the best way to shut the government down and make them all understand that there is something to talk about, is that we, the people, practice some civil disobedience and withhold our taxes. If we withhold our taxes, the government would really shut down, and they would feel the pain because there would be no money. I don’t really care if we don’t fund a good portion of the money because the majority of what the government does now is take our money to give to somebody else. It’s enforced charity, instead of taking care of our own business. Why don’t we, the citizens, the taxpayers, defund the government. Withhold your taxes.
Time for the real Republicans Randy Hultgren, our U.S. representative, is one of the minority of extremists in the House holding our country hostage to get what they couldn't get through due process. There is nothing conservative about his conduct, and it does not serve the people of his district. It is time for real Republicans to make their voices heard, and ask Randy to serve the people instead of the tea party caucus.
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.
How you create wealth The debate in the country about the size of government and taxes is misinformed and is being driven by ideological rhetoric. We have a system that creates the possibility to accumulate wealth. Our system, or civil society, allows this because we have infrastructure, like roads, bridges, water and sewers, institutions, like public education and a judicial system, and public safety and security, like police, fire protection and the military. All of these things are necessary in order to produce wealth. These things are paid for by public investment, in other words, taxes. I have lived in the third world, where these things are lacking because there is very little tax revenue. Therefore, it is very difficult for people to create wealth. If our approach to solving our economic problems continues to be reducing government and cutting spending, we will be less effective in our ability to produce wealth. Cutting is a downward spiral. We became a great nation because we built our system together. Let us not stop now.
Bullied by unions I agree with the person who called about unions and inflatable rats. I think this country is free. If people want to work without a union, they should be able to and not be bullied by the unions to join it.
Where is the board? Who at Batavia High School finds pleasure in firing longtime, loyal workers? Where is the school board?
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.
Greed It's just plain and simple greed with no respect. Houses are selling? No, they're not. House values are up? No, they're not. The new tax levy is out. Schools need more money. They spiked all the retiring teachers' pay. And, in the same paper, there are  pages of tax delinquent properties. The American family is being taxed to death. Plain and simple greed.
Hardee's was here, a long time ago There's an article in the Chronicle on Oct. 9 about the Hardee's moving to Burger King. It says that it would be the first Hardee's restaurant in Kane County and one of the first in the Chicago area. I disagree. There was a Hardee's on Route 38 in St. Charles in the 1980s. I used to get my lunch there every day. I know that there were Hardee's around here. I am looking forward to it. Their food is good.
A home for the park district? Why doesn't Batavia use the expansive former Siemens property at the southwest corner of McKee and Van Nortwick as a new location for a Batavia Park District facility. There is so much empty land there. The Batavia Park District could have a venue with a large indoor pool, possibly used by the high school, several athletic courts, and rooms for various types of classes and meetings. Parking would be plentiful. And it is in a residential area in the middle of town, which would encourage all residents to use it, coming from both the east and the west side. Anybody have any ideas about this?
Not money well spent I'm reading the Chronicle of Tuesday, Oct. 8, regarding Batavia's Wilson Street headed toward the home stretch. It says that the city engineer, and this is not a quote, the lights will be timed to provide better traffic flow for the 20,000 cars that use Wilson Street every day. The following is a quote, "The computerized system will adjust itself as the day goes on," he said. "It won't eliminate traffic congestion, but will help manage it." I wish he'd explain how it is going to manage traffic congestion. Will it be stop and go, or sit in traffic and wait? How is it going to manage it better? This whole thing with the downtown reconstruction is a debacle. Putting in bumpouts and everything has only further narrowed the lanes of traffic going through downtown Batavia, taking out an extra lane in front of McDonald's and the businesses there. And it seems to me that money spent on this project could have been better spent on other projects.
The future of libraries I read with great interest the article in the Oct. 2 edition regarding the Geneva library. Compared to surrounding communities (St. Charles, Batavia, even Plano), our facilities are lacking. We're way overdue for an upgrade, and it's been reported that previous studies have shown the current location to be impossible to retrofit to future needs. The way we use libraries has changed, and it's time we changed what we have. I do take exception to using the library for tutoring purposes. Although this may seem a legitimate use and is "educational," know that these tutors are business people and charge for their services. Libraries should not be used to provide free, public space for those engaged in commercial activities. These tutors and their students often take up the entire reading area on the first floor and are noisy. I'd be interested in knowing if other libraries allow this.
What's affordable? The delinquent tax list came out, and Batavia has a substantial amount of tax delinquencies. And then also, it was indicated that affordable housing has declined in Batavia. But one of the definitions of affordable housing is housing that costs 30 percent or less of income. And they say the majority of affordable housing already is occupied by owners, but they failed to mention that the 30 percent of income that is reported should be – but probably isn't – the taxes you have to pay. Housing in Batavia has become unaffordable, even for people who already live in what used to be affordable houses, simply because the taxes have gone through the roof. When you're looking for a house that was affordable when you bought it 25 or 30 years ago and you look at what you're paying today in taxes, you're paying almost $700 a month in real estate taxes. Then you add in the increases in utilities and storm water, you add up those increases, and you see the municipal taxes added to your utilities, and you can see why there is no affordable housing anywhere in Illinois, especially in Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles and Aurora.
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