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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: Too cold to shovel

The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:

Too cold to shovel
This is for the lady who complained about the sidewalks not being shoveled. I do believe there was a warning for people not to be outdoors because it was too cold to shovel. And she was smart to walk on the street. They were plowed real nice. The sidewalks that were shoveled had ice on them, and they were very icy for about a week.

Thanks for the help
I wanted to express my thank you to a woman who assisted my daughter and I on Wednesday night in front of the library. I had a hard time getting in, since I was in a wheelchair, and I couldn't get through the snow. I was trying to push the chair along with my daughter. Thank you so much for all of your help that evening. You really made a difference for us. I also wanted to express a thank you to good Samaritans on Thursday morning, getting me out of an icy spot by pushing the car.

Looking for Mr. Plow
I was wondering if anybody knows if anybody does snow plowing for Batavia and St. Charles. I have friends in Batavia who need snow plows for the driveway. I have friends in St. Charles in need of driveways plowed out. I don't see ads in the Chronicle about snow plowing, or any other papers. If anybody knows of anybody who does snow plowing for residential areas, tell them to put an ad in the paper, or in the area where people make the comments. They are senior citizens and they're stuck in the house and they don't have anybody to plow the driveway.

Not quite perfecto
I would like to compliment all of the snow plowing that was done during this last bout of big snow, especially on Randall Road. However, the one thing that was not good is that all those brand-new bus shelters were not able to get into, because they were covered with snow from the plow. Those people still had to stand on the road to get to the bus. The plowing was great, but there's still much to figure out. If that switch can be made, it would be perfecto.

The piles of snow
I would like to sound off about the piles of snow the city of Geneva has left throughout parking spaces downtown. I am wondering whether they are going to pick these up that have been here over a week, or if they've completely given up on it.

Turn your lights on
This is a reminder. Even during the day, when it's raining and your windshield wipers are on, your lights should be on as well. It's the same in the fog. You might not need your lights to see, but others need to be able to see you. It's the law.

Too much money
How can the Geneva Library Board get away with siphoning off $900 a week off our hard-earned money? They are giving $60 an hour for 15 hours a week, for a consultant to our library director, who already makes over $100,000 a year. This is $900 for less than two days' work. Please, somebody look into this.

Petty and mean-spirited
I was unhappy to read in the Jan. 15 paper that once again Susan Shivers had something negative to say about director Matt Teske. As a board member, I would think it her duty to support and better the library, not criticize it openly. If she has a problem with the director, she should speak with him and her fellow board members directly, and offer sound solutions. Instead, she criticizes with no solutions. I agree there are some changes that need to be made. But Ms. Shivers' behavior was unprofessional, petty and mean-spirited. I look forward to the end of her tenure on the board.

Print their names
If some 17-year-olds are now allowed to vote, then it should be possible to print their names in the police reports column if they commit a crime.

Nice and friendly
I had a flat tire for weeks and had to pump it, pump it, pump it. Every time I would try to find a place, they'd be closed for the holiday or a weekend. I was going to Target to get some cat food, so I went by a place called NTB, and they had tires. Not only did they fix my tire, but they fixed it for free. They were nice and friendly. I will go there any time I have a car problem.

Take the ribbons down
It would be nice if the people who are so anxious to put the red and yellow ribbons around every tree, sign and lamp post would now come and take them down, since they are all faded, ripped and in pieces.

Very nice people
I would like to thank this wonderful lady who helped me when I felt faint in the Jewel on Prairie in St. Charles. She just stood with me while we were waiting for a couple of very nice employees, a young man and a woman, who managed to get my friend who was waiting for me in the parking lot. I appreciate their help. They were so good to me. And for this lady to stand with me all that time, it was very nice. I truly appreciate it. I thank the Lord. His angels are busy, and they are everywhere.

Watch where you jog
I live in an apartment complex in St. Charles, where joggers run behind cars. There was a day last year, when I placed my car in reverse and realized I was too far out on the main road. When the traffic allowed me to go, I pressed the gas pedal and I backed up. To my surprise, my car was still in reverse. I sat in my car, shaking with disbelief. What if joggers or walkers were behind my car? Please, do not walk or run behind a car when the car motor is running. I could have killed someone. Also, please do not jog on Route 31, north of Salerno's restaurant. One moment of distraction by a driver, such as changing a radio station, can kill the jogger. You are putting your life at risk. You are also upsetting conscientious drivers who really do care about you. Please jog or walk far from the danger of moving cars.

 • You can sound off, as well, by calling our Sound Off line at 630-845-5240 or by sending an e-mail to Calls must be limited to 1 minute or less.

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