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Sound Off: Not in the real world

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 7:40 a.m. CST

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

Not in the real world Watching all levels of government in Kane County is so upsetting. No level of government seems to care or appreciate that many citizens of Kane County are struggling financially and need their real estate taxes and other governmental fees and taxes reduced. We need to vote them all out of office. The days of spending and increasing budgets need to end now. How about a novel concept of actually reducing spending, and not just by 1 percent or 2 percent. Five percent raises to Kane County employees? Really? Those of us in the real world of private industry and business can only dream of 5 percent raises. We are lucky to even have a job.

Lost a cane To the person who got their cane back after leaving it in a cart in Target, you are lucky. I left two of my canes in a basket at the North Aurora Wal-Mart, and neither one was turned in to customer service. I hope that whoever has them needs them more than I do.

Not a disaster The guy who put "Vortex is [really] annoying," yes, we all have that. And we're all grateful if we don't have a frozen pipe or something major in our homes. People are going through extra expenses and are not working. It's a sad situation. I guess you're just on your own. It helps if a neighbor can help you out. And he mentions that his beer in the garage refrigerator is exploding. Who would leave beer in the garage in the refrigerator during wintertime? Either donate it, have a party or drink it. That is not a major disaster. People's pipes are getting frozen and having extra work in their homes when they're not working. That is a disaster, not beer cans exploding in a refrigerator.

Worried about a dog? I'm calling about the doggie day care that's going in on Route 64 in St. Charles. The owner of the apartment complex across the street is worried about the noise coming from this facility with the dogs barking. There's enough noise coming from the traffic, the cars and the car dealerships across the street, with their speakers. And you're worried about a dog barking.

Vote no on referendum Be careful Kane, that a group called Show You Care Kane is looking to raise your property taxes by way of a public question on the ballot in the upcoming election. Kane County property taxes are already among the highest in the nation. Additionally, the state of Illinois recently raised income taxes a whopping 67 percent. Be careful, Kane, do not add to our already oppressive tax burden. Vote no on the Show You Care Kane initiative to raise your property taxes.

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.

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?

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