Sound Off: What happened to privacy?
The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
What happened to privacy?
I'm responding to, "A private conversation," about the Clippers owner who said some things that everybody is in an uproar about. What happened to private conversations? What happened to freedom of speech? If you are going to go after the Clippers, then go after every NBA owner, every football owner, every politician. How do they talk, that we don't know about? It's sad that an older man like that is going through this. I am not a racist, but what happened to freedom of speech? He's an idiot. ... He has prostate cancer, and I don't wish cancer on anyone. I have lost a lot of a members of the family. Treatment or no treatment, cancer will get you in the end. And Oprah wants the company? Why doesn't Oprah use her money in the Chicago area and help the schools there if she has that kind of money?
Who is running to the church?
I'm responding to "Set up that club," about the baby boomers. The Catholic churches have everything for families with kids or for the older people, 75 and older. I get along with both groups, but I'm basically a baby boomer, and I'm looking for some clubs to set up. This person says if you are a member of a parish … yes I am. I have been since I've been here. And I also belong to my old church, too. I'm supporting two churches. I used to support three. But now I'm down to two. Since when do you have to be a member of a parish? With everything going on in the Catholic church, how many people are really running to the Catholic church to sign up?
Outraged about the county clerk
Am I the only one outraged by the county clerk? The county clerk and the county have reached an agreement with the same employee, who did campaign work for him, in a settlement agreement. This is an outrage for all taxpayers. That is the reason we need a recall procedure in this state to recall all politicians, and especially the Kane County clerk. He should resign. I wonder what government job this employee will receive next.
Stay away from the dog toilet
I greatly commend the United States Postal Service and the letter carriers for the Stamp Out Hunger campaign. However, if you have a roadside mailbox, putting the food items next to the mailbox is just plain nasty. If your neighborhood is like mine, it's like putting groceries on a dog toilet, and believe me, it's a popular spot with frequent visitors every day. I know it would be more work for the letter carriers, but putting the food at the end of the driveway would be much more sanitary and appetizing.
Shouldn't charity be voluntary?
My husband and I were discussing the status of the country today. We were talking about our kids actually making less money and being worse off than we were, and we were always striving to make our lives better for our kids. Our parents were always wanting to make life better for their kids, and we were working to do the same for our kids. Instead, their income is steadily falling. Taxes are steadily growing. Their spendable income has declined to the point where most of the kids today are almost at the poverty level. Then I read in the paper that the gambling revenues from the Elgin and Aurora casinos go to fund special grants for charities. Well, what about the people who are paying taxes? Shouldn't charity be voluntary? Shouldn't they go out and raise funds like they used to, instead of having to take our tax dollars? Shouldn't the taxes from the casinos go to lowering the taxes of the citizens instead of having these constant increases in taxes? I don't know about the rest of the people, but my real estate taxes went up again this year, even though our housing values keep dropping. And I'm not complaining about the housing value dropping because real estate taxes are a tax on unrealized capital gains, and we should never be taxed on unrealized capital gains. Things need to change. We need to look at what we're doing. Our tax dollars should be going to fund roads, bridges and other things, not charities.
Throw them all out
Illinois voters are cattle. We continue to follow and vote for the same politicians, and we wonder why things never improve here in Illinios. It's time for the voters to think outside the box. Vote out all elected politicians, both on the local and state level. If these politicians actually feared they would lose their job and have to get a real job, they would actually listen and stop spending and actually reduce our taxes. This would be a shock. Unless we voters wake up and throw them all out, there is no hope, and we will get what we deserve.
Start ticketing them
Hey, St. Charles police, here is a way to raise some money, how about that new law that went into effect Jan. 1 – no talking on the phones when you are driving [with a] handheld device. I see it every day up and down Main Street. Start ticketing the people. If you put a law into effect, start ticketing them. Not only do I see that, but I see kids, adults and moms texting along the streets.
Publicity for the MS walk
I have MS. It's controlled right now. On Sunday, May 4, there was the annual MS walk from Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles to [the south] and back. I never saw one ad for this event in the Chronicle, and when I get my paper delivered, I read the whole paper.
I don't know if manufacturers think they are fooling us. But sugar used to be five pounds, but now it's four. Twenty cans is now what soda is instead of 24. And now [a company] has two ounces less than the original container, at the same price.
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