The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Vortex is really annoying I'm a sensitive guy, but this vortex thing is really getting me annoyed. Between the frozen pipes and the outside workers, [we] are in some sort of a hazard. The animal life is going through it, and my pets going outside. The severity of an emergency situation is now being severely multiplied. The beer in my garage refrigerator is exploding. Just so you know, everybody has a hazard.
Thank you, anonymous person About a week and a half ago, I left my phone at the South Elgin Target store. I discovered it a few hours later. Someone had returned the phone. I wanted to thank you, anonymous person. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Too much control I'm calling about the electricity aggregation that you had an Our View on. This is about big business. This is about having more control over your home. Your Our View says we encourage voters to give this referendum another look. All this really does is promote savings to the consumer when there aren't really savings to the consumer. What they need to promote is this is more control over how you use your electricity and they will tell you it's going to be a cost savings, but it's more control about you and your home. Pass that on to the voters. It's not a cost savings. It's more control over you. Aren't you sick of that?
Persuasion on the ballot Did you see the Show You Care Kane public question on the March 18 ballot? When did persuasion become part of the ballot?
This is progress? In 1969, I had no cellphone, no computer, no cable TV, no need for ID protection, no deductible for my health insurance plan and no Internet for homework. Years back, we didn't pay for TV or have a bill for a thing called the Internet. Today, it all costs money, every month. I feel sorry for the parents with these monthly bills coming in. Today, kids are staring at computer screens in front of their families. Kids are texting when they should be talking to their families. Moms spend more time with coworkers than with their kids. Motherhood and fatherhood were the norm, and – overall – kids felt loved. Mom was always at home making meals, and she hummed. The new modern world is about celebrating technology and the next new device that pulls us away from the ones we love. This is something to celebrate? What puzzles me is that these new advancements are meant to bring a better world. I am not convinced for a minute. We grew up with God as the most important force in our lives. Now, many kids grow up with the latest computer game or cellphone as their god. This is progress? And about this job market in the Fox Valley? I am ready to scream after filling out applications online that seem to go nowhere. Years ago, there were all kinds of jobs that have been replaced by machines. This is progress?
Stretching their dollars I'm calling in regards to the caller who complained that teachers get paid 12 months out of the year. They don't. They actually get paid for the time that they work. They can choose to get that stretched out over 12 months or get it in 10 months. They're not being paid for that time. They are stretching their dollars out. It has nothing to do with getting paid. If you have a certain amount of salary, and you decide you wanted to get it over 12 months, that's fine. If you decide you want to be done in June, that's fine, too. Your salary is your salary, no matter how you divide it up. And it doesn't matter that we're not working in the summer. That is money we already earned during the regular school year. You think teachers are paid a lot? No. Maybe the superintendents and the administration. Not the teachers. We spend thousands of dollars going to college and still are paying back student loans. If you read this, thank a teacher. You couldn't do it without them. You couldn't be a doctor or a lawyer or any other high profession, without your teachers – elementary, middle school, high school or college level. You are educated because of them.
No more than anybody else I'm calling in answer to the people who keep complaining that teachers are paid for the summer when they are not working. They do not get paid for the summer. They don't get any more money than anybody else who is not working. But they can take their nine months of salary and choose to have it paid to them over a 12-month period. That way, they can budget their money easier. They're not getting paid for when they're not in the classroom. Just like anyone else. They are off for the summer, and you'll often see teachers do other jobs during the summer to try and make ends meet.
Applause for CVS Thank you, CVS. I'm going to switch all of my prescriptions to your store. I'm so happy to see a pharmacy that actually has values and believes in promoting health, not continuing to support the disgusting, smelly, unhealthful habit of cigarette smoking that's endemic in this country. I'm moving my prescriptions to your pharmacy, where you really believe in health. Thanks for taking a stand.
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