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Sound Off: Restore Thanksgiving's prominence

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 6:44 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 6:51 a.m. CST

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Restore Thanksgiving's prominence How sad that even more stores are opening on Thanksgiving. This quintessential American holiday is rapidly being obliterated to satiate the voracious and greedy appetites of corporate retailers throughout this country. Equally sad are the many people who come to family gatherings and spend their time leafing through the sales papers and planning their strategy to march into the stores on Thanksgiving night, much like lemmings marching to the sea. What a shame. At least Costco and Nordstrom have announced they will not be open on Thanksgiving. Kudos to them. It's time for a nationwide boycott of stores catering to the maddening crowds on Thanksgiving. It's time to restore this holiday to its once prominent position, rather than its current marginalized state.

Thanks for picking up the leaves Just wanted to thank the guys who are picking up the leaves in Geneva. You did a nice job on our street.

Veteran appreciation I'm a member of the Batavia American Legion Post 504. I attended the Nov. 11 Veterans Day program at the Batavia VFW. I wanted to compliment the Aurora Christian choir. They were fantastic. And afterward, my wife and I attended – with another veteran friend and his wife – Apple Villa, as they were giving away free lunches to veterans. We were pleasantly surprised when someone, another customer, paid our entire table's bill. I really appreciate that. Thank you for that, and thank you to Apple Villa. And then at 4 o'clock, the Batavia American Legion were hosts at the Golden Corral for free dinners for all veterans. The unofficial total listed 450 vets that were served, but over 1,000 customers, and the weather was very bad that night. I personally handed out American Legion literature to all the vets. I want to give a special thank you to Golden Corral for their efforts.

Do-not-call list? Don't get your hopes up Calling the do-not-call registry listed in last week's Sound Off may not work as one would hope. When the law was first enacted, it worked the way it was intended. However, telemarketers have now found ways to circumvent the law, as evidenced in my own experience. In the last year, I have registered three times, twice online and once by phone, all to no avail. I even called Sen. Durbin's office. I've been told that one must register a complaint with the FCC. However, these telemarketers, with their robotic messages, do not leave a phone number on caller ID. Instead, we see Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., but not a phone number. Thus, we can do nothing. This is an excellent example of a law that is being flagrantly disregarded. I do hope that anyone who registers with do not call gets the desired results, but it is best that you do not get your hopes up.

Still getting calls Whoever thinks that the do-not-call registry really works is either delusional or lives on another planet. It is yet another way of wasting taxpayer money. I register several times a year, and I get at least a half-dozen calls per day.
Bumpouts aren't good
Whoever had the idea to create bumpouts on our city streets didn't put much thought into the idea. Teenagers out for a night of fun, heading downtown, Wilson Street to McDonald's, laughing and not focusing on the road, hit a bumpout. This is a tragedy waiting to happen. I would like to know one good reason for the bumpouts.

Unlock the exit doors Why is it that when exiting a store or a public building, one of the exit doors, usually the one on the right, is often locked. I don't understand this. In this day and age of heightened security, where shootings are becoming more and more commonplace, it stands to reason that doors one uses to exit a store or a public building should all be open. In the event of an emergency, necessitating a rapid evacuation of a public place, having a locked door can result in serious injury or even death. Are there no local ordinances to require such buildings to have all their exit doors unlocked?

Should I be angry? I am just curious to see what others from the area think of this. I won't sugarcoat the story because I really want to know how people feel based on facts. We live in Geneva. I dropped off my husband at [the] train station one afternoon. I pulled into [a] handicapped spot because many are open right in front of the platform. A Geneva police officer pulled in behind me and turned around. Hubby reached into back seat to grab newspaper and proceeded to get out. The officer pulls behind our car and hubby says, "She's just dropping me off." Officer says, "If I ever see your car parked here again I will give you a ticket." I wasn't parked. The car was in reverse with my foot on brake, and I was leaving. I honestly felt harassed, as he was so incredibly rude. We have lived here for 20 years and have never caused nor gotten in any trouble ... . Is this the way the people of Geneva and the surrounding area deserve to be treated? Does anybody else experience this type of treatment? Do you feel I have a right to be angry?

Not your business I don't understand what all this hullabaloo is about gay people being married. It doesn't matter. If they want to get married, let them get married. And if you're religious and you believe in the Bible, I urge you to read your Bible. Eve was made from Adam's rib. That means there really isn't that much difference between man and woman. It means that men are women and women are men because they are made from the same person. It's not your business. If two men want to marry and two women want to marry, it's their business. It doesn't affect people who have been married or want to be married to a different sex. If you were made from Adam's rib, you are a woman, and you're actually part man. So there.

Dirty dancing My boss arranged an early celebration this year. The party was held in a classy ballroom, where a delicious meal was [served]. The DJ played fun music at the start. Around 8 p.m., his selection took a dive. With my coworkers, twerking and lap dancing were on display. It was all in good fun, they say. A Miley Cyrus world with adults behaving badly is what I say. Days later, the good fun I realized was just a way to exhibit low-class behavior. Be careful at your parties this year. There are cellphone cameras everywhere. Be cautious how you dance and who is recording you. My dad, God rest his soul, would have left the party when the dirty dancing started. I wish I were as wise as my dad. Be smart. Think of my dad and leave the party when it turns dirty. Be a role model for good manners.

We do not need another park I'm responding to "A park would be valuable." In St. Charles, it's mostly the older people who live here. Geneva has more younger families, so there are more storefronts there. In St. Charles, it is pricey to live and to shop. We do not need another park in St. Charles. Who is going to maintain it? I can't see it. As for affordable housing? Don't bring it to St. Charles. And low rents? No. There would be many people selling.

Leave the riverfront open I have three comments about two different articles. First, regarding the workshop on future housing in St. Charles. We definitely need something for senior citizens that they can afford. And then in the same article, it mentioned how the riverfront can be good to attract younger people to St. Charles for water activities. It said the river's worth really needs thinking through carefully. I agree with this. That brings me to my third comment – why in the world did we grant another extension for the developers of the First Street project? This will hide the riverfront. They're going to use four- or five-story buildings. It will hide the riverfront. The extension is to April 8. That is so long. I think these developers should just give up. I don't understand it. I think it's a good sign that we should leave the riverfront open for us all to enjoy.

The land of Oz President Obama must think he is in the land of Oz. Federal government spent over three years getting the Obamacare website up and running. It has failed. The health insurance industry also spent three years updating the health insurance requirements of Obamacare. The health insurance industry succeeded, with cancellations and higher premiums and deductibles. Obama thinks all he needs to is click his heels and everything will return to Kansas. Camelot is a long way in the future for Obamacare.

Make it work OK, people, I'm not a big fan of Obamacare, but now it's time to realize that it's the law of the land. God knows we've done as much as possible to repeal it. Needless to say, it hasn't worked. So let's start to be grownups and do what grownup people do, and what the rest of the industrialized world has done. Let's put our heads together and make it work.

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