The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
A wonderful experience
Congratulations to the St. Charles North High School band students, singers, music directors, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for the best high school concert I've ever attended, and I've attended many. The students looked so professional. The boys wore black suits, white shirts and black ties. The girls wore long, black dresses. The music was tremendous. It was in honor of the veterans on Nov. 11. I thought it was really the greatest concert I've ever gone to, and I've gone to many. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts also participated in the ceremony by serving light refreshments before a concert and were responsible for the color guard. It was truly a wonderful experience to be there, and it was an honor to the veterans. Congratulations, St. Charles North music program. Orion Samuelson was the master of ceremonies, and after the ceremony, the students mingled with the crowd, and I had the pleasure of shaking hands with Orion's grandson, who plays the trombone in the band. It was a wonderful experience.
Stop the unwelcome calls
This is in response to "Don't want to answer the phone." There is a do-not-call registry that you can use. I have used this number several times since I have lived in St. Charles – 888-382-1222. You have to register your telephone number on the phone you use to register. If you have a land line, use this number. If you have a cellphone, use this number. All of those unwelcome calls will stop because you'll be on the do-not-call list.
Such nice people
To the couple in Dominick's who helped me look for my wedding rings. I finally found them, under a pile of head lettuce. I'm 92, and I've worn those rings for 70 years. They mean a lot to me. Thanks for helping. They were such nice people.
Thanks, Batavia police officer
I wanted to thank the alert Batavia police officer who observed my elderly dad, down in my yard, from a fall. He covered him with his raincoat and called for an ambulance.
It's my business
Edsel care my eye. Look, we've been told we can keep our health care, if it's not a substandard policy. Well, if I want to buy something with "made in China" stamped on it, that's my business.
Veterans Day for military only
I read in the paper about the veterans ceremony in downtown St. Charles. An individual that is a sergeant at arms for the military organizations says that Veterans Day has grown to include first responders – that is police, firefighters and emergency personnel. That's baloney. Veterans Day is for military and military only. If they want to have a fireman's day, they can have one. But Veterans Day is the military's day, nobody else. Period.
Don't drive people out of Geneva
We have the wrong Geneva School District 304 board members in office, except for the lone soul who voted against the 1 percent tax levy increase this week. Yes, our taxes are going up again next year, 1 percent. These pie-in-the-sky school board members don't seem to notice that Geneva has one of the more oppressive tax rates in Illinois. A topic of conversation wherever you go, is people are planning their exit, and the No. 1 reason for leaving is high taxes. Where is the fiscal responsibility? Enough is enough. The article in the Chronicle stated that the increase was for a number of reasons, one of which is the unexpected cost of all-day kindergarten, which is code for half-day baby-sitting and half-day teaching. Don't drive people out of Geneva because of high taxes under the guise of a superior education. Manage with what you've already been given.
Keep it beautiful
I am calling about the 1 W. Main parcel in downtown St. Charles. And I have to ask what would Col. Baker or the Norris family, who created such a great foundation in our downtown, do with that space. They would embrace the form follows function philosophy, which would tell us that it is always full with parking that serves the businesses in the area and used as festival space that makes for so much liveliness in the downtown area. We don't need to put up empty housing and block the view of the river. It should be a beautiful community park that provides ample spaces to make going to the businesses and picnicking available to people in the downtown area, if we want to keep St. Charles attractive.
A park would be valuable
If you look along Route 38 in downtown Geneva and try to find an empty storefront, it's very hard to find. If you look along Route 64 in downtown St. Charles, there are empty businesses. The city of St. Charles wants new development along the river in the very heart of the downtown, to include more business storefronts, which most likely will end up empty also. In addition, this development includes apartment rentals. That, too, is overabundant in town. City planners should pull the plug on this thought and put a park on this valuable piece of land. At least it would be usable empty space for all.
We're not insignificant
Listening to President Obama's announcement for health care changes on Thursday, I heard a man who talks to us like the little, insignificant people we are in his eyes. He doesn't know much about presidential expectations. I felt like a student in fifth grade, listening to my teacher. I expect more, and I pray for a better leader in 2016.
Will I be welcome?
I'm calling about the gentleman on the redevelopment of the Charlestowne Mall. First, I'm very happy this project will be going forward and I'm looking forward for the completion so I can stop spending my St. Charles dollars in Geneva. The reason I'm calling is that I didn't appreciate the gentleman from the company said "we listened closely to what our highly educated, affluent customers wanted." I'm not highly educated, but I do have a four-year degree. I'm sorry, I don't have a master's degree or a doctorate, and I guess apparently those are the only shoppers who can be shopping at that mall. I love living in St. Charles, but I have seen a lot of people from out of town who might not be highly educated. Maybe they won't be welcome at that mall. I'm sure they'll go there, and people will say I'm misinterpreting this. I probably am. But that comment really rubbed me the wrong way, and that's one of the things I don't like about living in St. Charles.
In last week's Sound Off, there was an item about a maple tree that had been cut down in St. Charles. It should have read that the tree was in the 1700 block of Indiana Street.
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