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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: Times were different

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

Times were different
I'm responding to "This is progress?" Times have changed. I never had a cellphone or a computer or learned how to text. Times were different. I think it's hard for the parents who have kids that go to school. Some of the parents have so much money that the other parents basically have to try to keep up with what's new. I have a cellphone because I'm afraid of driving by myself, or if my husband's not with me. Times are different. Before, I didn't have a cellphone, and I was fine. But times are different now. That's why kids get cellphones, so parents know where they are at. Computers, I didn't have one until I was an adult. Everybody started moving to different suburbs or out of state, to where the jobs are. That is why we have what we have. What it will be in 25 years? I don't know. I will be gone by then. I'm just trying to learn stuff, too, like everybody else. I have a computer and a cellphone to keep in touch with my loved ones who left the St. Charles area. Yes, I'm still here, but I will not be here in five years. With the real estate taxes and even what it costs to get a room painted.

Think of the poor people
It makes me sick when we have people in the government who don't have the backbone to be the boss. That goes from the bottom to the president of the United States. Mr. Lauzen, if you want to give these people raises to bring them up to a certain standard, then let them find a job that pays them that. However, it seems they can't find a better-paying job. Why are they still here? Stop and think of the poor people.

How do you sleep?
Now I see where the tabloids are going after Hillary. How do these people sleep at night after concocting such garbage – $5 now for a tabloid magazine? Is it because readers are dwindling or because of lawsuits?

Stop complaining
I am getting tired of hearing about teacher salaries. The last response said that we have them to thank for being educated. Well, they have us to thank for their salaries. Without us, the taxpayers, they would not be paid. Last I checked, those of us in the corporate sector don't have the option of getting paid time off around the holidays. We don't get two weeks at Christmas or one week at spring break or two-and-a-half months off in the summer. We put in 40, 50 or sometimes more hours during the week. We have student loans, just like they do. Citizens are now getting involved because we are tired of paying higher and higher taxes for teacher salaries. Take away the teachers' pensions. They can pay Social Security taxes like the rest of us and receive the same benefits that everyone else does. They chose the profession, just like everybody else chose theirs. Stop complaining about your choice. You can choose another line of work if you are not happy in yours.

The benefit of the summer off
Teachers have the summers off, regardless of how they accept their salary. I would take the summer off without pay myself, just for the freedom off work. However, if I took the summer off, I would not have a job when I returned. The average worker does not have the benefit of the summer off, as teachers do. Thousands of dollars are paid by young parents for daycare over summer vacation while the teachers are off. The teachers are home and do not have to pay for daycare. Yet teachers continue to ask for raises, not acknowledging how great their benefits are. The taxpayers see their taxes going up, and they need to get a second job.

Not so fast
I have a request for big stores like Target or Petco and Wal-Mart. Please leave a couple of carts out in the parking lot. I have balance issues. Today, I spent about 10 minutes chasing down people who are coming from the store and bringing the carts in. I stopped a woman and said, "Hey I need one of those carts." She finally stopped and let me have one of the carts. Please, you don't have to be so fast in putting the carts away.

They just want your business
I'm calling about the CVS. People are changing, sending their prescriptions there. Of course the people will be nice to you because you're a new customer. After six months to a year, they're not going to know you from Adam. These people come and go. We go to Walgreens. We never have the same people in the morning, the afternoon or the evening. People come and go, and people change jobs. I hope you enjoy CVS, but they just want your business, that's all it is. That's why they are nice to you.

Referendums should be defeated
Next week is a primary election that not only nominates candidates for national, state and county offices but also wants approval for a property tax increase for special needs in Kane County. Supporters of all property tax increases, whether the current request or a school district, always mention that the increase is only a small amount per day or week or month. Thanks to the Batavia City Council, any extra money that may support a property tax increase is going to be needed for ... additional electric charges, plus the additional water rate increases. Voters have to start looking at not only the increasing property tax bills, but also the cost of utilities for the property. Until governments – national, state, county and municipalities – stop their unabashed spending, and not completely reviewing all projects involving money, all referendums that increase property taxes should be defeated.

 • 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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