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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: One more step removed from history

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

One more step removed from history
We live in a great town. We live in a nice neighborhood. But about one in 20 houses celebrated Memorial Day with a flag or similar remembrance of those who served and died for our freedom and way of life. Older people get it and for those of you who choose not to acknowledge it, I just don't understand, or you are centered some other place? What is most concerning are what parents are teaching their children, and by not acknowledging our heritage or not displaying some type of remembrance, those children will be one more step removed from our history and what makes us who we are. That's it. Thanks, Sound Off. Really appreciate you guys doing what you're doing with this. It's a way to at least put your opinion out there. Thanks so much.

Reject proposed increases
The Batavia School Board is acting like the state of Illinois – borrow, borrow and more borrowing. With the commitment to borrow $1 million dollars – oh, I'm sorry - “lease” or “rent” – for Chromebooks, the school board had better not come before the taxpayers and ask for more taxes for operating budgets. The school boards borrow money for long-term solutions, like ... air conditionings, not for throw-away items like classical materials. Batavia residents should reject any and all new proposed increases in our taxes, whether for capital improvements or operating expenses. The school board does not know how to allocate the limited funds they receive.

What is its future?
Sorry, I guess I missed the story on the Valley Shopping Center in St. Charles, the story talking about its long history in our community, how it was the first shopping center on the edge of our town, and it was a vibrant shopping center, and everybody who knew anybody saw them at the shopping center. What is its future now? Also, what is the role of the city of Geneva in regards to the awful road condition of state highway Route 38? Thank you.

Where do you suggest they go?
In response to the person who said if children cannot speak English, they should not attend school – where do you suggest they go? I am a school bus driver for a predominately Spanish neighborhood, and some of the kindergarteners I transport speak no English. By second grade, students are virtually fluent and continuing to expand their vocabulary. These beautiful children have hardworking parents who are doing all they can to provide a better life for their families, and the children need to learn English so they can assist their parents with communication. Children pick up new languages much quicker than adults. I admire their tenacity and intelligence, and know that being bilingual will enable them to do great things in the future. And, by the way, the primary language spoken in Ireland is English.

These people aren't a threat
Oh my God. I can't believe what I read in the Sound Off column this week – if you don't know English, you should not attend school. How, might I ask, are they going to learn English, if not at school? Every single Hispanic family that I know, the immigrants speak Spanish, but the children all speak English, usually without an accent. There are neighborhoods in Chicago where all you hear is Polish. I don't hear anybody complaining about that. Also, my Irish immigrant grandfather responded, saying: “The only good thing the English ever did for us was make us speak English, so that when we had to come to this country, we already knew the language. It gave us a leg up." So, lighten up. These people aren't a threat. They're mostly good, hardworking people. Their kids will speak English, probably better than you and I. Thanks.

Teach English, not Spanish
I'm responding to "What's wrong with [that]." English should be the language taught in schools, not Spanish. If ... they want their students to learn Spanish, let them teach them at a home. They see nothing wrong with that, all right? How 'bout our real estate taxes going up all the time for the schools? My grandparents were not born in America. They came from a different country. At that time they had to learn English. There was no going to the library to learn English. There was no free schools for them. In order for them to get a job, they had to speak English because they came to America. ... Enough is enough. Do you want to keep paying high real estate taxes? Are you working? We are not!

 • 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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