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Sound Off: Look in the mirror

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 7:53 a.m.CDT

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

Look in the mirror Not my child? Really. How many parents say that and believe it. It is your child, and several others, all in middle school. How to handle it, that's the next question. Well, try starting with taking away the toy. It doesn't matter who they are, what their name is, what Mom and Dad do for a living or how nice of a house they have or how much money they have. They are lacking in morals, values and respect, for themselves and their parents, which all starts at home. Look in the mirror, parents, it starts and stops with you – the tears and the cheers.

A great column I just want to say I love Joan Arteberry's column. I'm probably 10 years younger than she is, but I've experienced similar things with similar people. It's a great column.

Set up that club Hey, "Clubs for baby boomers," I'm sure your church would be happy to have you volunteer to set up that club for their church. You can get everybody interested and have more people in attendance, that is, if you are a member of a parish.

What's our incentive? The Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles is having new owners, which is great. We're all excited. But now we read that they want incentive. What incentive do the homeowners have, when they have been out of work for many years, who are baby boomers and looking for a job at Wal-Mart? We are professionals, and we are working at Wal-Mart. I know Charlestowne Mall is a bigger place with tax revenue. But if you don't have all these people living in these homes, paying real estate taxes for the schools, which is outrageous, what would you have?

A simple theory I would admit to just being a blue-collar working stiff, but the cost of living has just gotten way out of hand. My theory may be too simple, but I believe that it's time for credit cards, house loans, car loans and even assistance from the government for insurance and food stamps and everything that comes into that category – it needs to start being qualified by the money that you actually bring home, your net income, not your gross income. How many people out there have had a bank tell them, I'm more than comfortable with you paying this much for your mortgage because its based off of your gross income. People don't live off of their gross income. I believe that if things like this were done, it would keep the financial industry honest and maybe even part of the government.

We are doomed I pulled into a parking lot to call Blue Cross Blue Shield. I was transferred three times and placed on hold for long periods of time. My phone battery was dying and, in a sense, a part of me is dying. It is time to face reality – we have entered a twilight zone. Machines and automated phone voices are now controlling humans. Computers and automated voices rule and control us. God can only help us at this point. We are doomed with modern technology.

Stop the insanity This is about taxes. Here we go again. Kane County has been advertising that taxes would be going down, but they must have a faulty computer that only knows how to add to our taxes and not subtract from it. We've been lied to again. I wonder how many homes will be in foreclosure on account of excessive high taxes. It's time for people to rebel. This is insanity. Is there any lawyer out there who can come up with a proposition that taxpayers can vote on to stop this insanity?

A private conversation I am seriously concerned about the direction in which our country is headed. First, we have fanatics trying to rid the Constitution of the Second Amendment. Now, they are attacking the First Amendment. What was said in a private conversation is being used to deprive a basketball owner, forever, from practicing his profession. I feel that is pathetic. What other amendment will they be attacking next?

Another investigation Hey, maybe we should put the NBA in charge of investigating Benghazi. Just a thought.

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