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Sound Off: Thank God for freedom

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 8:15 a.m. CDT

Thank God for freedom To the caller who said Obama should spent 27 years in prison – be happy you live in this great country. If you lived in some other country, you might be the one spending 27 years in prison because of the remark you made. I thank God for our freedom, and this is a great place to live. Even if we do have our problems, some way or another, this is a wonderful place.

Thank you, Mr. Snowden On the same page in today's Chronicle, they have "Snowden: Spying worse than Orwellian," and then "Target faces almost two dozen suits after breach." When you think about it, and you know the Secret Service is involved in investigating this Target business, you have to ask yourself, is the NSA hacking into these systems so that now they can keep track of all the purchases made by the citizens of the United States? Is that another part of the NSA spying tactic? Thank you so much, Mr. Snowden, for exposing these people. Thank you so much for proving that our government is the nastiest government on the face of the Earth when it comes to taking away our right to privacy and our national rights. We, the people of the United States, who are supposed to be free, should not trust the government in any way, shape or form.

Dreaming of Ireland I recently found the following book on the patient book cart at Delnor – it's called "Ireland, a Terrible Beauty," by Jill and Leon Uris. Inside the front cover is the following inscription: "To Fern and Joe, for dreaming until you can go. Merry Christmas 1980, from Kathy and Kevin. I picked the book up because I dream of going to Ireland one day also. Thirty-three years after people named Kathy and Kevin gave a thoughtful gift to their friends at Christmas, their inscription was [still] on. I hope your friendship has lasted and that the dream trip was realized.

How is Obamacare fair? Could someone please explain to me where the fairness part of Obamacare is? It's not clear to me.

Think of the everyday people Happy holidays, everyone. I cannot see why the real estate taxes are going up in St. Charles. Not all of us were born with silver or gold spoons in our mouths. You would be surprised how many of your neighbors are not working. You would be surprised how many of your neighbors are living day by day. As for the school, yes the kids need education. But they don't need band. Let the parents pay for that. There are other things. Computer rooms? I bet they have that in their house. School board, wake up. I think the school board should be average people, not someone with a doctorate degree or a master's degree. They make so much money. If taxes go up, they just write out a check. St. Charles, start thinking of the everyday people who live here. When the prices go up here, and they will, a lot of us are going to be selling.

Don't take it out on developmentally disabled If you are worried about being taxed out of your home, don't take it out on the developmentally disabled. Look elsewhere.

Charity should not be mandatory I guess the push is on to give the people in Kane County another tax. This year, it's supposed to be $100 on a $300,000 home, but what will it be next year? This is for the mentally disabled, and while the people who are pushing for this referendum might want to make those of us who would oppose this referendum look like Scrooge, I would contend that charity is supposed to be voluntary, not mandatory. Charity should not be taxed. We should not have to pay taxes for the charity. I would like to have some investigation into whether AID is tax-exempt. And why is it that we need to have our tax dollars going to those people instead of letting us contribute like we do with The Salvation Army or others. We're being taxed out of our homes. It's time to stop with all this taxation. It might be a noble cause, but there are a lot of people who are starving and don't have enough for prescriptions, let alone paying an additional amount of money to help those who are developmentally disabled. People should have been providing for their developmentally disabled children through special insurance policies or annuities or other types of things, not be depending on the taxpayers.

Wonderful at Mr. Marco I had the most wonderful experience at Mr. Marco Jewelers in St. Charles. Amid the shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Mr. Marco, his son, Mark Anthony and staff, were able to help me transform my late mother's wedding diamonds into a keepsake for my daughter's wedding. The kindness, caring and professionalism shown by the entire staff was awesome. I highly recommend Mr. Marco's Jewelers, and Mark Anthony, specifically, for all of your jewelry needs. Mr. Marco, you can truly rest in peace.

Government spends and spends I’m responding to “Very angry about taxes.” The government spends and spends. The public schools do the same thing. I’m a baby boomer. I never had texting. I didn’t have any of that stuff, but all of us have lost our jobs. We have health insurance of our own that we are paying. We don’t buy Christmas gifts. We don’t celebrate birthdays like we used to. If we all have to pay for the real estate taxes for the schools, then the parents who have children in the schools should pay more. We never had kids in school, but we are paying for that. The teachers are overpaid. They’re off three months of the year, plus Christmas and all the other vacations that they have. They are union, and they get good pay. If they don’t like their jobs, they should work at Walmart. I believe they are hiring. I’m tiring of spending and spending because the average person has to cut back. Parents who have kids should do their share. The kids are there to learn, not to learn how to do a text.

Examine their heart In response to “How do you know,” how do we not know? A lot of people who are not handicapped are using the placards. They can walk. They have no heart problems. They have no leg problems. A lot of them need exercise, but yet they park in the handicap parking spot, or they let somebody else use them. That’s what we want to prevent. People who need them, should have them. But people who don’t need them and are able to walk and get along without using somebody else’s placard, that’s what we need to crack down on. How do we do that? Maybe they need to examine people’s hearts, that they’re taking somebody else’s spot.

Not parked in handicap spot I just read my Sound Off in the paper, and I left out something important. It was about pulling into a handicap spot temporarily at a fast-food restaurant to let my mother out with her walker. Then I said my husband parks the car … it should have been he parks the car in a regular parking spot. He doesn’t park in a handicap spot. He moves to a regular spot, once she has been let out.

Who is this bike rider? I drive to work south on Kirk Road in St. Charles. I drive to work most weekdays at 6 a.m. I’ve often observed a man riding his bike. He rides all year, snow or rain, below zero or not. He dresses in work clothes. He passes very affluent neighborhoods. Can we reach out to help him? Does anyone know who he is?

A tragedy waiting to happen Not just teenagers, but all ages should be focused at all times on their driving. But haven’t we all been distracted at one time or another? That is exactly why we don’t need obstacles of distraction on our city streets, such as bumpouts. I wouldn’t call that no big deal. I’d call it a senseless tragedy waiting to happen. It could cause your car to swerve into oncoming traffic or hit a walking pedestrian. I would call that a tragedy. I’m still waiting to hear why there are bumpouts in downtown Batavia.

Don’t discount us On Friday the 13th, I went to Jewel to buy my weekly groceries. I’m handicapped, so I use an electric cart. On this day, I had to wait more than 45 minutes for one to be available. One was stolen, and only two were available. With all the handicap parking Jewel has, are two carts really enough, or even three? My next stop was Walmart. They had a cart, but that cart died at the checkout. On Wednesday evening at Batavia High School, I used my wheelchair to enter the school. Why are the handicap doors never operational? Please don’t discount us. Just because we are handicapped doesn’t mean we don’t have money to spend.

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