The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Good, honest people
I want to thank the person who found my purse in the shopping cart at the Walmart store in Batavia. My husband died five months before, and my mind wasn't on what I was doing. I thank you most sincerely, for your honesty. There are still a few good, honest people around. Thank you.
You do need insurance
To the caller of "Not a good solution," who suggested that it would be cheaper to pay the penalty for not having insurance and continue to use the ER for health care – I have very good insurance. I have had to visit the ER several times, and I could tell you, I would hate to have to depend on the ER doctors for my health care. I have known of two cases where they had to be hospitalized and were released too soon because they had no insurance. Both died within days. If you don't have anything else, you do need insurance.
Smells like garbage
If President Obama thinks his health plan smells like a rose, to me it smells more like garbage.
The big winner
A recent article in the Oct. 30 Chronicle about gambling machines in Illinois showed amounts made and paid out, and the share the state of Illinois receives. Those four establishments alone, in a year's time, netted the state $109,228. That's just four establishments in the whole state, and who knows how many more places are out there, and how many more places will get the machines. Does anyone know, or could tell us citizens, where this money is going, or whose pocket it's going into?
Time will be the judge
There has been a great deal of negative criticism and little support in this area for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Whether against it or for it, before we voice our opinion, it behooves us all to read the actual document itself, not blindly accept someone's opinion with a biased position. As with Social Security and Medicare, there was a lot of controversy before they were enacted into law. Obamacare is no different. Time will be the judge as to whether it is beneficial or not.
Catholics are Christians
I live in Kane County, and I'm an avid Christian. Why don't people realize that Catholics are Christian, also, especially the Catholics? They don't seem to think they are Christian. They are. God bless.
Too much tolerance
We have become a nation so tolerant that we are losing our Judeo-Christian values. We tolerate gay marriage, marijuana and abortion. We tolerate financial rewards for those who enter this country illegally. We tolerate a president who lies to us. Tolerance is destroying us. We are so willing to not judge. Every time we vote in an election, we judge. Every time we select a religion, or Realtor, our doctor, we judge. Judging means you are thinking. I urge people to stop saying they do not judge. If you do not judge, it means you tolerate everything and everyone. Is that why we have so much junk in our society today? No one is holding anyone to a high standard. They are so worried that it is judgmental. We need to admit that we all do judge, and we all need to judge the changes in our society. Tolerance can lead to a society without morals and without high standards for future generations.
Don't want to answer the phone
I live in St. Charles. I received a very odd telephone call the other day. The person called to say they called to renew my insurance on my computer. I said I don't have one. They said it was under my name and under my husband's name. I said, I'm very sorry, but my husband has been deceased for seven years. We did not have a computer. The fellow says we can do this and do that. I said, no thank you. I wonder, where are these people getting the telephone numbers? You get to the point where you feel you shouldn't answer the phone.
Why don't they do it?
If Obamacare is the law of the land and is supposed to be so great, someone please tell me why our president and Congress have exempted themselves out of it.
Praise for 'The Princess Bride'
I just wanted to tell you I went to Geneva High School and saw the play "The Princess Bride." The director, Carrie Schafer, did a great job in directing, and the kids were great in it. We had a fun-filled evening. We should all go and see some of the plays at Geneva High School.
What were they thinking?
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce holds its annual state of the chamber breakfast in Geneva? What were they thinking?
Kudos to Batavia football
I'm calling in response to last Saturday's "Let them play" call. I've heard similar comments from more than a few parents whose sons were on the Batavia football team during the previous coaching regime. It seems that the philosophy then was, if you're not first team, don't expect to play, just consider it a privilege and an honor to be on the team. My boys didn't participate in football, but we attended the games. I always found it disheartening to see so many sitting on the sidelines each Friday night, with no hope of ever getting in the game. Even in blowouts, when the outcome was decided by halftime or the end of the third quarter, there were very few substitutions. So kudos to coach Piron for attempting to get away from the old coaching philosophy by making liberal substitutions this year so that more boys can experience the thrill of playing in front of the home crowd and creating positive memories for themselves, their parents and their grandparents.
Edsel care forced upon us
I get we're all biased, but to blame it all on one person or party, when it clearly falls on the entire Congress that we elect, because we, the people, took our eye off the ball, we had Edsel care forced upon us. If we don't become engaged, more of the same is to come.
Christmas celebration belongs at Lincoln Park
Please bring back the Christmas lighting at Lincoln Park. It was so decorated beautifully with the trees. There is a beautiful Christmas tree and the lights. There is Santa Claus. It's in a perfect setting. The singers are in the gazebo. Where it is right now, half of the people come. No one shops, and no one goes in restaurants. Put it back in the park where people can enjoy it and run around. Don't put it by businesses. People don't go into the businesses. They bring their kids to see Santa.
Who cut down that tree?
I would like to know who ordered that beautiful, healthy maple tree cut down, the one in the 1700 block of Indiana Avenue. I am so upset, and so are my neighbors, that such a thing could happen to something so alive and healthy. It was a beautiful shade tree. I hope someone is held accountable for such a horrible act of killing something so alive and eye-catching, not to mention so shady and well-shaped.
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