The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
The joy and beauty This is to give a huge thank you to the residents of the 200 block of North Bennett Street in Geneva. Your gardens are something special to behold, and I enjoy them each and every time I drive past. If you haven't seen them, make sure you drive past. Thank you again for the joy and beauty you bring into our lives.
Bad behavior I have two topics to comment on. Waitress harassment: Did you or the waitress report the matter to the restaurant manager? If not, you should have. If either of you did, then the manager should have asked the boys to leave. Youth should not be allowed to get away with that behavior. Secondly, regarding speaking Spanish, historically, immigrants who came to this country took it upon themselves to learn English if they wanted to live and work in the United States. We didn't change street signs and print materials in their native languages. It should remain that way now.
What grinds my gears You know what really grinds my gears? Paying over $11,000 in property taxes in Batavia, seeing how the city and school district spends our tax dollars. The school district continues to request money, not for needs, but for upgrades and sports facilities. High school is about education. Sports are extracurricular. I drive down Wilson Street, and it's still under construction. Yeah, like I needed bricks in the crosswalk. If you have an all-terrain vehicle, you can drive down Houston Street behind Mickey D's where you can get some great air time as you hurtle the bumps from the continuing street repair. Recently, I was in need of emergency services and just received a bill for $800 for a base rate for the paramedics visit, which doesn't include $10 per mile to get me to the emergency room. Wake up politicians. Keep citizens who are good here.
Clean it up, McIlvaine Hi. I'm calling about the – I'm not even going to give him an honor of saying mister – McIlvaine in that house he's been working on for 25 years or whatever it is. I live on the west side of St. Charles so I don't have to live next to him. I feel so sorry for the people that live next to him, across from him, around him, anywhere. What gives him the privilege of going to court and the judge gives him an extension? They don't do whatever, you know, what is ... [it] now with the boom [truck] thing? He has till ... July ; he's got to have it moved. Have the court there, the marshalls there, the sheriffs there, somebody, and [if] he's not moving it ... you guys move it, send the bill to him, and get it out of there! What gives him the right and the privilege of all these extensions? It's been going on way, way ... too long. Get him out of there. ... Clean it up. Thank you.
Cunningham should resign Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham should resign. Giving severance pay to an employee of less than 12 months is certainly not in the interest of the taxpayer ... . I hope and encourage Bob McQuillan to be successful in his pursuit of this ethics violation. For the county's sake, let's hope this is resolved before the next election. I do not want to see Jack Cunningham's name on any ballot. Thank you.
Mr. Lauzen, stop the politics I'm calling ... to ask Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to stop the politics to the detriment of the Kane County citizens. When there is an unattended death of an individual in Kane County, the family members of Kane County deserve to have a coroner's office that is void of politics, has the equipment it needs to do the job and can determine the cause and manner of death for ... so the family members can go on with their lives. I don't understand the big argument. I see in the budget we have [money]to build a shooting range for the sheriff, and we've built [a] new sheriff jail and business offices – why we don't have money to perform this essential function in Kane County? There [were] probably coroners in Kane County before there was a board chairman. The coroners have a bona fied public service to perform for the citizens. It's been tradition since back in European times. Mr. Lauzen, please stop the politics and work with the coroner and get this problem resolved for the citizens of Kane County.
Send them back It appears our U.S. government is not strategic. There is an old saying, “If you build it, they will come.” But today, in our society, if you give them a break, if you give them an inch, they're going to come in droves and work on taking over the country. And that's exactly what's happening with these illegal immigrant children who are crossing the border without their parents. And, as in the paper today, it says they've overwhelmed the U.S. government because now they come across and now they're held in cells and they're saying, oh, well, we can't treat children inhumanely. Well, what are their parents doing? How are their parents treating these children? Aren't they treating them inhumanely by sending them across the border without adult supervision? And then, you know, Barack Obama, our so-called president, says, OK, we're going to give these kids who had no choice in coming here special preferential treatment and chances for citizenship. And, so, when they do that, then the children start screaming, “Family unification! Family unification!” so they get to bring their parents over here. And the big strategic result on behalf of all these illegal immigrants is they're able to take over a country without firing a shot. We the people, we the taxpayers, the working taxpayers, are forced to support these people. We're forced to take care of these kids. I say it's about time we just put them on a big bus and send them back and tell Mexico or whoever, however they're crossing the border, whichever border they're crossing, send them back there and tell that ... to take care of them.
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