The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Pat yourself on the back
I'm commenting on "I am just appalled," about the 5 percent raises in Kane County. How stupid are they? Don't they know that, in Kane County, a lot of people are out of work? The real estate taxes are going up. Do they want people to keep selling in here? We are waiting for the prices to go up. What we pay in real estate taxes for the schools is ridiculous. Kane County, if you don't think you get a lot of money, then go to Cook County and work there. See if you would get hired. You wouldn't. Go to DuPage County. Go to Will County. Go to Kendall County. You have to learn to save what you've got. And it should be on merit, not just because you want a raise. Pat yourself on the back for being so stupid.
I'm responding to the Geneva library about "Take a class." The lady behind the Geneva library [desk] made a comment to a lady using the copy machine. How rude. Come on, Geneva library, fire that lady. To me, that is rude. Is that the kind of people you want working for your library? And to this lady having trouble with the copy machine, go to the St. Charles library. They are very nice there. I've never heard a rude comment since I've been going there over 12 years. Geneva library, how rude you are? The lady should be fired. And to say it loud enough for other people to hear? What kind of upbringing? What kind of people do the Geneva library hire? There are many people who would welcome a job and treat people with respect. Where is that now?
In need of hospitality training
I'm calling to second the motion on the person who called about the Geneva library. I really believe the employees, at least the majority of them, would benefit from hospitality training. I'm one of the Geneva residents who go with their Geneva card to the St. Charles library because of the warm, helpful attitude displayed by the staff there.
Paper on porch
I would like to thank my Kane County paper carrier, who puts my newspaper on my porch. I live in a subdivision. I have eight units in front of me, and I have the only paper that gets put on my porch, when the other carriers have the ability to do it. My carrier goes out of their way. I'm very grateful. I live in South Elgin. It's so much nicer to be able to open my door and grab my paper instead of having to walk out my driveway to freeze my tail off. I only wish the paper would get thicker and delivered on Sundays like it used to.
Freedom of information
I was reading "The price of 'free' information" article by Brenda Schory in today's paper, and I am absolutely appalled. And also when the Geneva mayor was chastising an alderman for asking for information. I'm just appalled. Aldermen are supposed to be able to get information. Citizens are supposed to be able to get information. There is no reason on God's green earth why we citizens can't go to any public office and demand to look at the books right there at the office. We can go through every file they have if we really wanted to. I'm just appalled that all of these public offices are getting up in arms because citizens are finally riding herd on the officials. I think the Geneva mayor needs to be removed from office if he has no respect for the aldermen who, even if they are curious about what's going on, ask for information. He has no right to chastise them. That's good government. That's what the aldermen were elected to do, ride herd on the city administrators and the people who are spending taxpayer dollars. Freedom of information should be free. We are the government. We are the people. Thank you, Brenda, for keeping this in the forefront. Keep us posted.
Lately, for many months, I've seen lots of people say, "I want to thank so-and-so," or they write, "I want to thank so-and-so," and then they don't say thank you at the end at all. How about a real thank you? Would a teacher accept a student saying, "I want to do my homework." The intention is not the deed. Give a real thank you.
I am so tired of reading or hearing politicians talk about people not needing unemployment or assistance. I don't believe the numbers put up for unemployment or people looking for work are accurate. They're generous to the government, though. Too many politicians decide their own wages, get ridiculous vacation time, receive outrageous pensions and get prime health care. All this while doing a less-than-mediocre job. Then, when they make a mess (current state of the country), they want to raise taxes or make new ones to stick the public with their mess. How much of the public have these job perks while underperforming and still keep their jobs? None that I've ever met. If being a politician isn't standing there with a hand out while doing nothing isn't a form of welfare, I don't know what is. I don't ever wish bad things on people, but I'd like these politicians to feel what so many have for the last five to six years. They need to work for minimum wage, wonder how they're going to pay bills and feed their family on that, then have someone tell them they're not doing enough. Politicians are the best example there is of education doesn't always equal common sense. They need be refreshed on working for a living and the struggle it is these days.
I recently called a government office and heard, "visit our website," followed by, "this call is now being disconnected." Government offices often cannot be bothered with citizens. With Democrats in power, a government takeover makes life miserable. As citizens, we truly become little people, with big brother controlling us and ignoring us. Democrats push for more government regulation and taxation. They focus on government getting their nose in everything. Illinois residents who vote for lovers of government are to blame for the disaster we have in the state of Illinois.
It was just reported that the Obamas paid $98,000 in taxes on their income of $481,000. Now that they are in the 1 percent, their federal tax rate rate was only 20 percent. They should be ashamed of taking advantage of all of those tax loopholes and paying such a low amount of taxes. President Obama's friend Mr. Buffet should be encouraging the president to pay more, to pay his fair share of his federal taxes, instead of acting like a 1-percenter and taking advantage of all of the tax loopholes and paying only 20 percent.
Who wants to work?
Now that tax day is over, is it time for the 48 percent of the citizens who did not [do their] income tax to thank the 52 percent who support their lifestyle. Thanks to Democrats like Sen. Dick Durbin, the government supplies unemployment and welfare, health care, food stamps, Link cards and many other benefits at little or no cost to the recipients. Is it no wonder why the economy has not improved and unemployment remains stable. Who wants to work when the Democrats will give them everything they want for a vote in November?
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The following is what our readers sounded off about this week: