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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: Barking dogs and backyard chickens

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

Big, barking dogs
This is in regard to the people in St. Charles who don't like chickens in their neighborhood. Then move to our neighborhood. In the last three years, I'll bet eight big, barking dogs have moved into the neighborhood. It's just horrible. Why don't people keep big dogs out of town and little dogs in town? I don't understand it.

Chickens belong on farms
I agree about the backyard chickens. I cannot see it. That belongs on a farm.

I am just appalled
I'm calling about the 5 percent raises that Kane County gave, and I just don't understand that, just because somebody else in another county is making more than they are. When I was working, you always had to prove that you were worthy of a raise. You got a raise on that merit, not just because someone in another area was making more than you were. I am just appalled at this.

Take a class

I recently went to the Geneva library to make copies. When I was standing at the copier and reading directions, one of the women behind the desk asked me if I had punched such-and-such a button. I told her I just did. She turned to the other woman behind the counter and commented, loud enough for me to hear, that people should take a class before using the copier. Maybe some of the employees at the Geneva library should take a class on perfecting their people skills, because after all, being a resident and taxpayer in Geneva, I am essentially paying their salaries.

Let's get some snow fences
What happened to, remember the old days when the snow fences were up? It sure kept the snow off of the roads. I don't know if anybody drove up and down Peck Road during the snow. It was terrible. I suppose it costs money to make the fence and probably costs more money to put the fences up. But we have free labor. We have jailed people. Have them put them up in the fall. And we have that boys school or whatever you call it. Have them go up and down the roads with the guards and have them put the fences up. I don't know, September, October, November. And then we'll have them up. It can't cost that much to make them. I think it's quite a good idea.

Pass it on
Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401(k), took trillions in taxpayer-funded payouts, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico and gave themselves billions of dollars in bonuses while paying no taxes? Yeah, me neither. Pass it on.

Stop at stop signs
I would like to know if there is a new law in Illinois regarding stop signs. I always thought that if you came up to a stop sign, you had to come to a full stop. I see so many drivers on the roads and in parking lots who disregard stop signs totally. What has happened? Doesn't anyone believe in a stop sign anymore? No wonder there are so many accidents.

I am worried
In 2009, General Motors went bankrupt. We gave them [and others in the industry] $80 billion. GM recently recalled 2.6 million cars for ignition switches. That was why [at least 12] people were killed. ... GM has demonstrated a quality issue. I certainly would encourage anybody considering purchase [of] a car to look at Honda, look at Ford in particular. They made it through the bailout. And also Nissan. Toyota isn't bad, but they have had quality issues before. I am worried about my family, and I hope you are, too.

Too much hate
Never again will I cheer for a Notre Dame team. Notre Dame, with all of its Catholic ideals, needs to dismiss Muffet McGraw as soon as possible. Maybe a school in Russia would be interested in her services. For a coach, as a role model, to encourage and foster an atmosphere of hate against another team is despicable and unforgivable. Go, UConn. I'm so happy about the outcome of the game. It couldn't have happened to a better losing coach.

 • 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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