The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Long, cold hours
St. Charles has been doing a great job snow plowing. Today, they plowed my street, which had drifted, and there are no houses to the north of my house, and they could have plowed all of that snow into my driveway. Instead, the driver did several passes to push the snow back, and none ended up in my driveway. Also, when I visited friends in St. Charles Township, their roads looked fantastic as well. The drivers have been putting in long, cold hours, but I'm thankful they take pride in the job they do.
Out of salt? Ridiculous!
I heard that school District 303 ran out of salt. Isn't somebody watching for when the salt is running low, to report it to someone? I guess they just don't multitask. Can't maintenance people see ahead of time? It's for the children and for the parents who drop their children off. Do we all need to bring our own salt to school? Isn't that laughable? Do you need a degree to say that you are out of salt? Come on, District 303, get on the ball. We pay enough taxes for this school to keep going. This is just ridiculous.
What does it cost?
I'm calling to respond to the "Patriotism will take center stage" article. I thought it was a great article in regard to the singer and the veterans who are going to be coming to Kaneland High School. The article didn't mention what it will cost to the taxpayer. That's my question.
What about them?
I heard that a Batavia restaurant is requesting financial assistance. They'll probably get it. What about assistance for the seniors who are living on a fixed income? What about homeowners who are losing their homes, and their families have no place to go? Where is their assistance?
Why so nasty?
Why do people call Sound Off to make nasty, hateful, sarcastic, mean-spirited comments? They can make their comments without being nasty about it. Teachers, in particular, get bashed. And government employees get bashed. The thing is this, first responders and teachers risk their lives for us and for the betterment of the world. They do not live lives of luxury. If they do better than you do financially, then maybe you need to change careers or look at the corporate, entertainment or sports world, if you are going to criticize the difference between what you make and what somebody else makes. Can't you make your point without being nasty? It might help you to read about the bravery teachers have displayed during times of danger in our classrooms. It might help to look at videos of first responders during a crisis emergency. These people are doing something for the betterment of the world. And I don't really mind if you disagree with me, but why do you have to be so mean-spirited and nasty?
Who is he?
I'm calling about the ongoing saga with the St. Charles resident on Prairie. He's been working on his home for 20, 40, 50 years? Come on. Get somebody in there to get his property up to code, like the rest of us in St. Charles. We didn't have as long as he did. ... He wants the best? By the time he gets this done, he'll be 95 years old. What's the point? I can't see the city dragging this on. If he wants something to be done with his property, let the city bring somebody in to hire. I had to get a one-sided chimney fixed last year. I've been unemployed for three years. It cost me over $2,000. Is that fair? What did I have? Nothing, but this guy. Who is he?
The intersection of Illinois Street and Route 31 at Francesca's restaurant in St. Charles, there are two lanes heading west on Illinois Street. There is one skinny lane heading east, where cars turning onto Illinois Street come dangerously close to other cars in the other lane. Does something bad have to happen before this dangerous area is corrected?
So he's an inventor?
I read in [the] Chronicle that Mr. McIlvaine is described as an inventor. And he, himself, said "my house project is one of my inventions. I want to have the best, super-energy efficient home in the world." So it seems to me he should be working on his inventions in an industrial park, rather than cluttering up a residential area. And the fact that this has dragged on is ridiculous. The courts should get him to obey the law and stop this bickering.
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