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Sound Off: Wonderful charity event

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

Wonderful charity event
All of us know someone who has battled cancer or is living with it. Our family just returned from a wonderful charity event in Geneva, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center's annual 5K Bridge Walk along the Fox River. This event was a huge success thanks to the many dedicated workers, sponsors and volunteers. Each year, the event grows so that LivingWell can continue to provide many programs and service to cancer patients, their families and caretakers, all free of charge. How great that no one has to go through this journey alone. Look for this event next spring and come be a part of this wonderful charity event.

Thanks to St. Charles
Many thanks to the city of St. Charles, offering a complimentary spring city-wide cleanup. As a resident of St. Charles for 65 years, I have seen many excellent services provided. I apologize to my neighbors for the very bad situation caused by careless accumulation.

Today, I read in the Kane County Chronicle, that Batavia High School had graduation ceremonies at Northern Illinois University. I just don't understand, after spending millions of dollars raising our taxes here in Batavia, that we couldn't have the graduation in our own expensive auditorium. They had to go to Northern Illinois? This is just unbelievable.

They don't like it
Show me a teacher who supports Common Core, and I will show you a teacher who has not read Common Core.

What's wrong with that?
I was born in Chicago, and I lived in Humboldt Park. It has become a very, very Hispanic neighborhood. I don't see anything wrong with that. And I don't see anything wrong with our children learning Spanish in school. I did when I was in school. Our country is quickly becoming bilingual. What's wrong with that? No immigrant ever moved to our country and immediately spoke English. I think it's foolish to expect Hispanic people to do so. They need to know their own language and to learn what things are in English, as well as their own language. But they all have to start somewhere. So let's eliminate French. Let's eliminate German. Let's eliminate every other language that isn't English in our schools. How stupid does that sound? I'm sorry, but I believe that Hispanic people need to learn our language the same way any other immigrant did. Let's just stop talking about how wrong things are and try living together as human beings. Think about it.

Enough is enough
I agree with the person on eliminating Spanish classes. We should speak English here. They can speak Spanish at home. What about Polish? What about Italians? We don't have anything on that. How does Spanish get to move up? The kids in school, if you don't know English, you should not attend. If I went to Mexico and I don't speak Spanish, would anyone speak English there for me? No. It should be the same here. It's time for Americans to put their foot down and say enough is enough. My language, on any store that you call, is English. But what about Irish? Where is that? Nowhere.

Minimum wage questions
President Obama, Sen. Durbin, Gov. Quinn, Mayor Emanuel and the rest of the Democratic Party wants to raise the minimum wage to [about] $10 or maybe $15 an hour. The SEIU picketed the McDonald's headquarters wanting not only for the $15 per hour but also the right to unionize. There are questions and answers that the Democratic leaders, union officials, liberal media and economists failed to answer. What happens to the wages of those individuals already making $10 to $15 an hour? Do they go to $15 or $20?
• 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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