The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
A cowardly act
I am just mortified about what I saw on the front page of the paper Friday, Oct. 25, "A reckless act." Whoever did this, you are a coward. This poor girl was bullied when she was alive, and now she's being bullied again. I am just shocked and mortified. And to the person who did it, you are a coward.
Oktoberfest, the party continues
I wanted to say thank you to the person responding to "Oktoberfest fun." The place on North Avenue, the German restaurant, it's great to know, and we are going to check that out. Thank you for your kindness.
Looking forward to winter
It was great to see the first snow of the season this past Tuesday. Summer, with its horrible heat and humidity, is now behind us. We can now look forward to the cold and snow of wonderful winter. Enjoy the thought.
Where did the bricks go?
I would like to know what happened to the bricks that were taken off the Batavia sidewalks, and that they were replacing with new bricks. Kudos to the man with his child who was loading up his truck. Please let me know. Does anybody know where those bricks are? Were we, as taxpayers, allowed to go get them and use them for our own projects?
Please read your mail from AARP carefully. I received a letter asking me to join AARP, but I already had joined. This sounds like a senior scam to me.
It boggles the mind when one considers how satisfied Tri-Cities residents are with paying electrical rates that are almost double what other municipalities are paying in the Midwest. And the Prairie State Power Plant is the No. 1 air polluter in the country. Plus Tri-Cities residents will have to pay for this plant and higher electric rates for 10 years after the plant closes. Is this a 21st century definition of a satisfied customer?
Happy about Hardee’s
I want to comment about the new Hardee’s that’s coming. The old Hardee’s used to be where Goody’s is on Route 38 in St. Charles. We just loved it. We were very sad when it left. We’re so excited to have this coming to Batavia. Thank you, Hardee’s, for filling our empty spots. Now if we could only get more people to fill in some of the empty stores on Randall, that would be great.
No more money
I think, as taxpayers in Batavia, that we should act like the government. Let’s withhold our taxes … school districts want more money. Everybody wants more money. You are taxing us out of our homes, and I think that we, as citizens, should be able to withhold our taxes. These people who want more taxes are benefitting from our dollars. They need to be on a budget, just like everybody else. If they want more taxes, they should take it out of their own pockets.
Who is going to develop it?
Cheers to the article about the debacle of Wilson Street. Another waste of taxpayer money. However, onions to the person who called about developing the Siemens property. I don’t know if they’re smoking funny cigarettes or what, but just who do they think is going to pay for this? Are they?
Not a good solution
President Obama promised with the Affordable Care Act lower health insurance monthly premiums. All the Democrats, liberals and the media expounded on the lower premiums. Now that the insurance exchanges have listed the costs for the Affordable Care Act, the monthly premiums with the subsidies may be lower, but the deductibles are in the thousands of dollars. It would be cheaper for individuals and families to pay the penalty and continue to use the emergency rooms for their health care, rather than signing up for Obamacare.
Thank you, Mr. Mailman
We live on Fourth Street in St. Charles, and we are in our 80s. We so appreciate that we can put our letters and bill payments out under the clip on our mailbox, and off they go, rain, snow or shine. We have never had a problem of any kind. Thank you, Mr. Mailman, we need you.
Watching the weekend news shows, it's amazing how the liberals and conservatives spin the failure of the computer launch of Obamacare. The conservatives, those are the ones Obama mentions every time something goes wrong, say the computer problems are a disaster, which is why the individual mandates have to be extended, like the business mandates, for at least a year. The liberal stations state, what do you expect from the government and the mass of people logging into the website, and it is not a problem. The taxpayers spent $300 million on a website that does not work and expect to equal that amount just to repair and fix the problems. Maybe the liberals think the money is somebody else's. But it is my money and their tax money that has been wasted on computer programs for Obamacare. What other glitches will appear later in the health programs that are not being mentioned?
Where is the melting pot?
What if I want to avoid the Internet for work-related tasks? There is no longer the freedom to do so. I just wasted two hours to sign up for my current medical insurance company for 2014, and I still have no new 2014 insurance plan because the website is flawed. That's progress? And what if I want to learn Russian and not Spanish? Everything is about Spanish, not German, not Polish, not Japanese. What happened to freedom in this country, and what happened to the melting pot? Now, it is primarily about Hispanics, no other group. Where is the melting pot? And where is the freedom from failing technology. Help!
Keep the land open
In Tuesday's Chronicle, I read an article about the First Street development. I couldn't believe that. People have been talking about how nice that open land is along the Fox River, not just for us, but for future generations, and now in the article, it says there's going to be a fifth floor on the building. There will be a parking garage? Is there any way to keep some of that land open. The fewer buildings there, the better. I'm sure there will be nice buildings, but the open land along the river would be beautiful. Compare it to Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The article talked about TIF and whatever. It's confusing to the average person. But Chicago didn't build along the lakeshore. Let's keep some of this land open.
The Moving Wall in Aurora
Veterans Day is coming up Nov. 11, and a veteran friend of mine told me the Vietnam War Moving Wall was going to be at West Aurora High School [in November]. I told him, good, I would like to go again. I've been to the Wall in Washington, D.C., as Vietnam vets call it, years ago. Now, the more I've tried to come to terms and go to the Wall again, I come to realize that I can't do it. For me, it is very, very emotional and disturbing, and I realize I can't take all the emotion again. I have over 100 missions behind enemy lines in north Vietnam, and I saw lots of planes go down and went to too many funerals of friends. Having said that, I would encourage everyone to go ... to West Aurora High School in remembrance of the 58,000 young American men and women who lost their lives in Vietnam and also in remembrance of all the POW-MIAs still not accounted for.
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