The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Very angry about taxes
I am calling to express my disgust with not only my taxing school district – St. Charles – but all the school districts who continue to grab more and more money from taxpayers. People have lost their jobs, have had hours cut and wages cut, and yet the public schools cut very little and refuse to stay within a reasonable budget. My family is very close to losing our home, and I am very angry with the public schools about this. Please remember these school board members at election time.
Say hello to your neighbors
Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is the neighbors to be nice to each other, to have some consideration for people when you see a person smile because you never know what they're going through. Say hello to people. You don't know what they're going through. The economy is not any better. Actually, it never got better. So, for the people who are not working, something will come. For the people struggling with a high health insurance premium, I can't tell you what to do. But the economy is not getting any better. So people, say hello to your neighbors. Smile. Ask them how they are. You'd be surprised.
The beauty of Christmas
Earlier this week, I encountered a disturbing attitude from a 40-year-old woman not born in the United States. Her remark caught me off guard. She asked, why do people promote the saying, "Keep Christ in Christmas." I realized days later that she was serious. She views Christmas as a commercial celebration. The U.S. was founded by Christians, who knew the true meaning of Christmas. The majority of U.S. citizens are Christians. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. It is peace on earth and goodwill to men. Let us never forget that. The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart is about the beauty of Christmas. I hope everyone watches it this year. Merry Christmas.
A shout out
I would like to give a shout out to CarCare on Keslinger Road. They changed my high school daughter's flat tire free of charge. We appreciated the help, especially because it was 15 degrees outside.
What about the bricks?
Two weeks in a row about the lady in the handicap parking spot. I still would like to know what happened to the bricks they took out of the library sidewalk, and the man was putting them in his truck. Does anybody know where they went? Where are our tax dollars going? Where did those bricks go? Who took them?
Not worth a hill of beans
It is funny. People worry about the little things that are not worth a hill of beans. It is a no-brainer. It is the law, and we are supposed to follow the law, not stretch it to fit our convenience. The law is the law – no parking in handicap spaces is the law. Why don't people worry more about the big things, like having the unions work with the governments to help the state instead of complaining nothing is fair. Let's face it. Life is not fair. There was a teacher on the news who said she is only getting $60,000 a year to live on. Now come on, people who live on Social Security only get $500 to $2,000 a month to live on, and have to wait until they are 65 years old, not 45 or 50 like the union people. The unions are for themselves and no one else, or else why do the teachers unions always strike when kids are in school instead of during the summer. Why can't the unions change instead of wanting everything?
You don't always know
Regarding the woman with the handicap parking spot, I don't know why she called in the first place. But I have to say, sometimes there are circumstances other people aren't aware of. When we take my mother to a fast-food restaurant, my mother uses a walker, and if we are to park in a regular spot to let her out, those spots are too far from the door. If we stay in the parking lot and don't pull into a spot, drivers behind us have to wait while my husband pops the trunk. We get the walker out of the trunk, we unfold the walker, we get my mother out of the car, and then she has to cross in front of our car and cross a line of traffic in the fast-food driveway. If we pull into a handicap spot, we are out of the way. She can get into the restaurant quickly and safely, and my husband parks the car. You can say she's handicapped and entitled to be there, but we don't have a handicap sticker. So, it's something to consider. Our pulling into the handicap spot for my mother is actually doing a service for the other cars who would be sitting behind us for four minutes while we get her out. Also, yes, Lincoln Park for lights.
Obama and Mandela
To many of us, Obama is America's Mandela.
This is ridiculous
I guess with all the commercial duping that is going on to American citizens, we need a whole new system of measurement in the United States. For instance, I just bought a ream of paper for my copy machine, and I happened to notice instead of 500 sheets being a ream, now it's 400. They duped us out of 100 sheets of paper, and the cost is still the same as 500 sheets. Canned goods – 16 ounce cans of vegetables are now 12 ounces. Cans of soup are now eight-ounce cans. They are charging for smaller cans of soup. A half-gallon of ice cream is no longer a half-gallon of ice cream, it's a quart and a half. It's really sad that there is no integrity in our advertising, there is no integrity in our corporate system, there is no integrity in our law. We have no integrity in the United States. The measurements don't mean anything – a foot-long hot dog is not a foot. A foot-long bun is not a foot. So it's kind of like – what really is [actually] what it says it is anymore? Even our food is artificial. Orange juice is not 100 percent orange juice. We need some truth here. This is ridiculous.
How do you know?
I'm responding to the person who was seeing [people] who have handicap cards but don't appear to be handicapped. If you look at me in the store, you would think I was not handicapped by my physical appearance. But I have very severe heart problems, and I have breathing problems. I cannot breathe that good, and I have severe heart problems, so I can't walk very far at all. This is responding to the person who says she sees people with handicap cards but they don't appear to be handicapped. It's not what you look like, it's about what your heart problems are. You cannot get a handicap card without a doctor's permission. The doctor has to examine you, and you can only get one under the doctor's guidelines. If he feels that you need one, he can give you one. If he feels you don't have one, he cannot give it to you by law. You can't go by how you look. I have severe heart problems and severe breathing problems. One time I was walking and I couldn't find an electric cart, and I almost passed out.
Not festive without lights
Nov. 30, I attended the annual St. Charles Christmas parade and I think that I saw a Dick Pond truck that was in the parade with no Christmas lights on it or decorations. This is just not right. It should be required to have some lights or decorations on it to be in the Christmas parade. The Dick Pond truck gets the Scrooge award this year.
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