The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
Spend time with your family
Does anybody or a family sit down for a family dinner? We still do at our house. No cellphones. No texting is allowed. The time that we spend together as a family eating dinner is what a lot of parents are not doing with their children. Parents, do not give all the latest technology stuff to your kids. Yes, my kids do have smartphones, but they're not allowed at the dinner table. It's not allowed when we go out to a movie. It's not allowed when we go visit the aunt. It's not allowed when we go out as a family eating out for dinner. I see so many kids at restaurants with their cellphones, texting why they're having dinner. Spend time with your family, because you never know when somebody gets injured or the person will not be there. It's very important to do that. The reason why I'm saying that for is the grandma used to come with us. She passed away. We continue our dinners once a month at a certain restaurant where we used to take grandma. That, to us, is important, to keep that going.
Everyone needs to learn English
It is wasteful time to promote other languages. Talkman by Sony is leading the way for translation by an electronic device. These types of machines will be perfected in the future. Also, do we want to add to the debt of our nation? Why spend billions of dollars translating? English is the language of business, science, the Internet, airline pilots, etc. Everyone needs to learn English. Kids would do better if they learned how to speak proper English. “Me and my friend” is not the way to start a sentence.
Who's going to speak to them?
I'm calling about the articles involving language spoken in schools. When the original immigrants came to our country, there were no schools to teach them English. There were no options for them to learn English, and they spoke their own native tongues. There was nobody there to help them interpret from their language to English, so when they did learn English, it was the hard way. Do we need to put our students through it the hard way? Young people learn language in schools quicker than older people. They retain that language. And, to be quite frank, they teach it to their parents. Language shouldn't matter in learning. Should we eliminate French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian? All of these languages have programs where you can learn English. But who's going to speak to them before they learn English? Nowadays, our social media puts learning English in the forefront. It's chilly to be talking so much about language. Should we eliminate all of those languages? They're all taught in schools. I am the writer of “What's wrong with that?” and there is nothing wrong with that. So I wish people would just stop it.
A time of healing
I would like to thank [interim] Athletic Director Rudy Keller and the students at Kaneland High School for their beautiful Memorial Day healing field of flags and the services that took place with such respect over several days around Memorial Day. Anyone who has any doubt as to whether both adults and young people appreciate our veterans had only to visit this display of 1,000 flags. My husband bought a flag in honor of men who have died and who he served with in Vietnam. He was able to talk to other veterans, and what had started as a 10-minute stop to see the flags turned into two hours of sharing experiences and memories. I hope that Kaneland will make this a tradition. Our flag is truly a beautiful flag, and it was a tremendous sight to see so many flying in the breezes that came across the field. All of you did a great job, and it was certainly a time of healing.
A double standard
I'm amazed at the high percentage of people who now hate Donald Sterling for what he said in what was supposed to be the privacy of his home. Who among us have never said anything derogatory, insulting, or slanderous about someone in the privacy of their home? No one. I believe what Mr. Sterling said was wrong, but I'll [defend] whatever he chooses to say within the walls of his home. Let's stop using a double standard between ourselves and the other guy.
Alert the people
I want to call about a scam alert. I had two calls this week, two in one day, telling me they were the IRS. He … wanted to tell me that I owed taxes from 2008, which I know I did not because I pay my taxes every year. He went through a long list of things that they would do if I did not pay this, also taking away my house, my car, garnishing the wages, everything under the sun. And he said I owed $28,000, which I know is false. Now, he said if I do not pay up, that the police would come within half an hour and take me to jail. And then he said what would I want to do? And I said I will wait for the police to come to take me to jail and hung up on the man. So I just want to alert people, especially older people, that this call is going around to scam them out of money. If they're not real sharp, and they don't know if they paid their taxes, they can get scammed. Just please alert the people.
We would all be safer
Since the beginning of 2014, it's been the law of the state of Illinois that you are not to drive and use a handheld phone. Locally, in the Tri-Cities, I continue to witness scores of drivers still using their handheld devices tucked into their necks and shoulders as they drive. When will the local police start enforcing what is state law? It seems there is a treasure trove of revenues awaiting our localities right on Randall Road. And we would all be safer.
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