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Sound Off: Shame on us?

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:58 p.m. CDT

Shame on us?

I'm calling in response to "Shame on us." In my defense, as a voter in Kane County, I want to let you know that I do want to help. The problem is that I am tapped out. I work part time. I open my paycheck, and it's less $200 in taxes that I could really use right now. I go to the grocery store, and I am taxed. I put gas in my car, and I am taxed. I'm lucky I can pay for my health insurance, my car insurance and my life insurance. I do want to help, but the problem is I am tapped out right now. When times get better, I will try to do what I can do to help people with disabilities. It's not that I'm against it. But right now, it's not a good time. According to the results from the voters in Kane County, it looks like they feel the same way. It should say, "Shame on our federal, state and local governments," for taxing us the way they do.

We can't afford it

To "Shame on us," how much more taxes can we afford to pay? Most of it is going to the schools. Do the schools really need it? I don't think so. If the children get from their parents, iPads and iPods, and they have all that, why are we paying extra for their education? I am a baby boomer. I didn't not grow up with what's there now. Guess what? I grew up. I wasn't a needy bunch, like the kids of today are. Enough is enough. The teachers get paid enough. Yes, they are dealing with the brats of today, but that's the parents' fault.

Stop taxing us for everything

I understand the outrage that the people who wanted that referendum to pass are expressing. However, why don't they understand the difficulty it is for the taxpayers, who are already overburdened with taxes and fees and electrical costs and hospitalization costs? They say, well we have money for an arch? Don't they understand that we protested that arch, and we are as upset as anybody that Batavia has spent all this money. … Why don't you understand that philanthropy and collection for charity should be charitable, and given with consent of the people, instead of enforced through tax dollars. If they can raise $120,000 to do athletic field improvements in Batavia, why can't they raise $120,000 to give to the people who have disabilities. The rest of us can't even afford to pay the bills that we have. It's time to wake up and stop taxing us for everything. Let's go back to having charities collect money for charities, and making it voluntary.

When is it going to stop?

Reading the Chronicle, seeing how they want a soda tax. Illinois is the land of tax. It's got to stop sometime. People are going to just start buying things from out of state. You're obese because you drank a can of pop? There's a lot of food out there that's worst. How about the fast food, they should tax that. When is this going to stop?

Proper disposal

In town, unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication can be destroyed through the local police department. Another outlet is the collection bin inside the second set of double doors of the Kane County Jail.

No salt? Why not?

Here it is, another snow in St. Charles, 6 o'clock in the morning. There's not quite an inch, and there are no salt trucks out. I went down Prairie Street, and there is no salt. I'm not sure what's going on. Nothing seems to be taken care of the way it used to be taken care of. Maybe somebody should have thought of that when a college degree became more important than experience.

Tax-and-spend party

It now seems that Gov. Quinn and the Democrat leaders of the Illinois legislature now wish to make the income tax increase, which was promised to be temporary, permanent. Once again, the tax-and-spend party has lied to the Illinois taxpayers. Is anyone surprised?

Mind your manners

Dining out etiquette: When meals are brought to the table, the large eater doesn't want to hear from the small eater, "That's a lot of food," or, "I'll never eat all of that." Most of the time, I like to enjoy my entire meal, and I find comments of such insulting, thereby making my meal less enjoyable. If you prefer to eat meals of smaller portions, mind your manners and do so without comments.

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