The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Thanks to the road warriors Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the road warriors, the street department of Batavia. They did a magnificent job in this unforgettable winter of 2014. We appreciate your efforts.
We need common sense Batavia has all this money to do streetscapes and arches and give $65,000 a year to develop Walgreens, and we have a TIF district, and North Water Street is in the TIF district. The Quarry Stone Pond Condominiums, I noticed in the paper, under foreclosure is $3,831,134.97 in condominiums ... . It's a shame that we have administrators in the city of Batavia who are pushing for all of this development downtown, but we have all of these homes in foreclosure. North Water Street isn't the only place that [has] foreclosure. There are 15 or 20 properties in the judgement. This is a well-known person in Batavia. And yet we have $65,000 to give to Batavia Enterprises and to Walgreens and $450,000 to give to Kluber and other things, and here this TIF money property is in foreclosure, meaning we, the citizens, are losing more tax dollars. This has to stop. We have to have some common sense in Batavia.
Soda tax? I can't see it I heard about the soda tax. That, I cannot see. Raise the tax on cigarettes. They give you cancer. Raise the tax on liquor. People become alcoholics by drinking that. What is next, the air we breathe? Are they going to charge us for that? Illinois is always running out of money.
Ban backyard chickens I'm calling in regard to the the city of St. Charles allowing chickens in people's residential backyards. It's absolutely disgusting. It's dirty. They smell. They carry disease. It should not be allowed. If you want to raise chickens, go move to a farm. Having chickens in your backyard, where your neighbors can see them, hear them and be exposed to any disease they are carrying, is really not fair. I'm opposed to it. I don't think it should be allowed. The city of St. Charles should ban it. It should not be allowed.
Wise up, people The biggest lie of all Illinois politicians of the past, of the present, of the future, is that it is for education. Wise up, people. It's for spending.
Unseen consequences With the final day of enrolling for the Affordable Care Act completed, the true numbers are not those who signed up for the program, but those who actually have paid the first premium. According to the law, approved by U.S. Sen. Durbin and U.S. Rep. Foster, after the first premium is paid, the newly insured have 90 days to make the second payment. In the 90 days, patients can visit doctors, clinics and hospitals. Medical providers are not sure if the patient has health insurance. If the patient fails to pay the premium, then who is responsible for reimbursing the medical providers? As part of Obamacare, the taxpayers subsidize the insurance companies for any loss they may incur. But what about the doctors and hospitals? This is like the Titanic stating it's only a small iceberg. The problem with the iceberg and Obamacare will be unseen consequences.
Take the car away How about Illinois doing the same practice that another state is. I heard from my friend that if somebody is in a car accident, they find out that if they don't have a license or car insurance, the car is taken away until they get that. That would bring in a lot of revenue in Illinois, which it seems like we need. Why? I don't know. Enough with the schools already. There was an accident on Kirk Road where a guy hit somebody and claimed he was injured so bad he had to go to the hospital, but he didn't have a driver's license or car insurance. Impound the car and make them get a license and auto insurance. Take the car away. After so many days, sell their car and give it to people who are suffering, with jobs lost. They need it.
Find somebody else If Chris Christie was any type of candidate, he would have immediately asked Diane Sawyer if anyone has asked President Obama if he felt silly or incompetent all the times he said I don't know or I didn't know. Chris Christie is not a good presidential candidate. We need to find somebody else.
Where's my paper? Please, can I have my paper delivered directly to my box!
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