The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
The season for angels
It's the season for angels. They are out and about. Thanks to the angel lady who found my purse on Route 31, near Shabbona Trail in Batavia. I left it on the trunk of my car, and when I turned on Route 31, it fell off. She stopped, picked it up and took it to the Batavia Police Department, who delivered it to my house at the same time I was driving into my driveway, thinking I had left it at home. What a shock to find out what really had happened in a half-hour. Thank you to that wonderful angel lady and the kind Batavia policeman who delivered it to my house. Everything was intact, and it was a miracle. Route 31 at that time of the morning is very, very busy.
The library and Mill Race Inn
I think the Geneva library should consider buying Mill Race Inn. I know it needs a ridiculous amount of rehab, but it is an amazing location. It would be a central location downtown, and it would have amazing views of the river. Also it would put something on the riverfront all the citizens of Geneva could enjoy. Also on an unrelated note, I wish the city put Christmas light up and down Third Street.
Light up Lincoln Park
I say, bring the Christmas lighting back to Lincoln Park. It is so much nicer.
The community will rally
I am calling regarding Rick Holinger's opinion in the Dec. 6 Chronicle. A woman quickly parking in a handicap spot may be a small thing that people can get angry over, but it is something a lay citizen can wrap their heads around. In my opinion, her quick parking could not have been that quick, if an officer had time to leave his squad and approach her. The other issues Rick cited are basically untouchable. Citizens stand up and complain to school boards and city councils. These boards listen smugly, albeit politely, to the complaints, but they already have their minds made up. Rick, it is my opinion that parking in a handicap spot, when you are not handicapped, is equivalent to leaving your dog in a hot car in the summer. And the community will rally.
Totally uncalled for
I'm calling about the person who said, how dare Geneva police treat her the way she was treated at the Metra station. I'm at the Metra station and waiting, and I'm looking at these handicap parking spaces, and I totally agree with that lady. How dare Geneva police treat her that way. No, I'm only kidding. The lady is lucky she didn't get caught by the Secretary of State. She not only would have gotten a ticket, but she would have gotten her driver's license suspended, too. It was totally uncalled for. I can't believe she had the nerve to call in about it. Unbelievable. But then again, in the Tri-Cities, we're just above everybody else, and laws don't apply to us.
Be more considerate
This is in response to "She should be angry," and the others who called about the lady who parked in the handicap spot. Sometimes, individuals with handicap plates are able to walk out of a vehicle, but might not be able to walk too far. Or, they might be a disabled veteran. They should be more considerate about those who walk away from a vehicle with disabled plates.
Put it in a time capsule
I'm calling regarding all the Sound Off about the handicap parking. I think it would be an excellent thing to have that whole section in a time capsule, to show what our time is like. It demonstrates the civility, or lack of it. The compassion, or lack of it. The feelings of entitlement. The need for instant gratification. It shows judging a book by its cover. It shows rushing to judgement. I have learned all of this since becoming handicapped. I taught at one of the middle schools in town, where there was a place clearly marked for handicapped, and the curb was cut out so people could use it. People would come after school to pick up their children. It was very crowded. They would just idle there. When I would ask them to move on, sometimes they were apologetic. Other times, they said you don't look handicapped. So what if everybody did that? What if everybody felt they were entitled to drop people off in handicap places? There are a lot of ways to look at it. As far as judging a book by its cover, sometimes handicaps are not obvious. Sometimes, a person has a heart problem or a condition where they don't have a cane or a wheelchair and don't even look handicapped. Another thing not to rush to judgement for, and I used to, is oh, there is somebody without a handicap placard parking in a handicap spot. I would get all righteous. But the placard says, right on it, you are not to drive with it hanging. Sometimes, we forget to put it out.
An unfair comment
I'm responding to the person who has seen people with handicap cards but don't appear to be handicapped. That is an unfair comment. There are people with heart problems keeping them from walking far or doing what they would like in life. There are people with internal disabilities who need help. Where is your compassion? You must be one of the fortunate people who have no health problems.
That's against the law
I'm always amused and amazed at the comments in the Sound Off. The comments about the lady who dropped her husband off while she was in a handicapped parking space really amazes me. All these holier-than-thou people saying, yeah, the cop was right giving her a warning. Or, no, she shouldn't be angry. They say she was breaking the law. I wonder how many of them really think about what they just said. I wonder how many of them support illegal immigration. How many of them hire illegal immigrants to do their lawn work. That's against the law, and it is a felony, regardless of what some people are saying these days. I could give you chapter and verse, that it is a felony. Yet, these people, holier than thou, don't stop in a handicap space, even if for 30 seconds. But illegal immigrants are having kids on American soil, so they are American citizens and saying – don't split up our families, we need immigration reform. What hypocrites.
It isn't normal
To the caller of "Not your business," Eve was not a clone of Adam. She was created in his image from a single rib. In case you haven't noticed, real males and real females were created with different characteristics. And if you really know your Bible, you will know God does not accept same-sex unions, proven by the destruction of an entire city. If we must recognize same-sex unions, let it be called a union, with the same benefits as marriage, so as not to change the definition of marriage between man and woman. It is everyone's business, when it affects the morality of the world we live in. By calling it marriage, it is saying it's normal. It isn't normal. Gov. Quinn is thinking only about re-election and possible voters.
Republican Party has disappeared
The Republican Party has disappeared in Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton formed a committee with their puppets, the GOP leaders, and presented a pension reform package. No one in Springfield could review the proposals, and there was no public hearing. But the Democrats jumped on the deal, and the Republicans asked Madigan and Cullerton how high they should. No wonder Illinois is in such bad financial shape. There is only one political party.
I'm responding to the Sound Off call, "Blame yourself," about the Tri-Cities residents who are content with their real-estate taxes going up. I'm not content. I'm too busy watching the kids go to school, where the mother is driving an SUV that costs $40,000 or $50,000. When I went to school, times were different. We took the bus. Oh, here in St. Charles, it's too far for them to walk. But when they are 16 or 18 years old, they can drive a new Corvette down the road. I am thoroughly disappointed being in St. Charles for nine years. I have seen my health insurance go up. I can't get any tax credit because I own my own place. Nine years here, lived here with no mortgage. Boy, has this country gone down. All of you who voted for the president in office now, someday you might not be working, like us. Someday you might have to have your own health insurance, like us. And be a grownup, and when your premiums go up, be a grownup. You voted.
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