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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: Unsympathetic complainers

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

Too many complainers
It seems like every week I read some unsympathetic fool complaining about illegal immigrants in this country. They proudly tout that their ancestors came here legally, and these people should, too. I wonder do these people not realize that their relatives would most likely no longer be able to legally immigrate to the United States in current times. Have they looked into the requirements? It is extremely difficult to get a work visa, let alone citizenship these days. The words on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" – no longer are what we believe. The complainers seem to think their grandparents/great-grandparents came off the boat speaking perfect English with a job waiting for them. How do these people think we got China Town, and Greek Town, ect.? Did they never have a friend that had an old Polish grandma at home that couldn’t speak English? Also what kind of human being says they don’t care about suffering children? (I am guessing s/he cares about unborn children?) How terrible would the conditions in your homeland have to be that you would risk your child’s life to get them to a better place? Don’t you realize these children are refugees? And lastly how many of these complainers have actually had their job taken by an illegal immigrant? Were you mowing lawns or washing dishes as a career? Illegals aren’t the reason you can’t find a decent job, that would be the crumbling American education system, corporations who [are] willing to [sell] out Americans for cheap labor, and the government that subsidized the corporations for doing it.

What about the tax?
After reading about the Kane County Environmental Committee, I see the committee member Michael Donahue is missing a very important point on whether to charge citizens for plugging in their electric auto while at the courthouse. He is missing the point that when a person buys gasoline for their car, they pay a tax that goes for road repairs. That revenue is now gone when you have an electric car. A small fee or tax should be assessed on the charging station,and this money should be going towards the road tax and not necessarily the general fund.

Try to pay attention
Fellow citizens and Americans and taxpayers and neighbors, please start paying attention to what is happening in the world and to your politicians and what they're saying so that you have a reference on which to judge a political candidate when it's time to vote. It's not just their pretty words and promises, it's the actions and results. Please don't get distracted by the decisiveness of many issues. To me, the most important issue is – and always has been – since 9/11, our border security. I can't believe that 13 years later, our borders are still unsecure and there is a terrible problem going on. And when the president talks about immigration reform, I don't believe he's talking about helping the border situation. I think he's only talking about giving amnesty to everyone who is here and who wants to come here, ever. So that is unclear to me – often the issues are not really made clear as it's only given one side. So again, please try to pay attention and let's find people who have exhibited wisdom and honesty in the past and have that be a qualification for someone that you choose to vote for.

It's not fair
I'm calling in regards to the article "St. Charles committee backs residential chicken regulations." I resent this article. As a resident in St. Charles, I totally oppose having chickens in your backyard, and I feel the committee should not be the ones to vote on this. The people in St. Charles should be the ones to vote on this. Just because a few residents feel that it's OK to have chickens in their backyard doesn't mean that every person in St. Charles agrees to that. Having chickens in your backyard is a huge health risk for your adjoining neighbors. Visit the CDC website, visit the Illinois Department of [Public] Health website, you will see that having chickens in your backyard is actually a huge, huge health risk. It's not just having fresh eggs – if you want fresh eggs there's plenty of farms that have them, and there are plenty of farms that have the room for chickens. You're not being fair to the chickens by housing them in a chicken coop in a residential, single-family home backyard where they don't even have the room to roam and can't roam because they have to be enclosed at all times. It's animal cruelty, a huge health risk, and, again, I feel the residents of St. Charles should vote on this, not the committee.

Road needs work
I've lived in the Campton Hills area for over seven years and I have to use the Campton Hills road to get to and from my home. The road has been filled with numerous potholes and patches for the entire period of time. I have called different offices to report the condition but so far only minor patching has been done. The traffic volume has increased significantly, including bicycles, since we've moved here, which adds to the problem. The part of the road that's in worst condition is from St. Charles park property, westward to Loblolly [Lane]. I have not been able to find out what entity has been responsible for repairing this section of road. This section of road appears to need a complete re-surfacing, not just patching.

Way to go
Once again, a big thanks to Roger and his crew for making our cemeteries look so nice. Way to go, Roger!

Another mistake
How come there's no coverage in the Chronicle about the proposed industrial park at Wind Energy and Kirk? This proposal is spot-zoning at its worst. It will devalue our property, cause extreme additional congestion and basically make the southeast entrance to Batavia feel like Melrose Park. I agree we need to be creative to balance the budget after the Prairie State energy debacle, but let's not follow one mistake with another mistake that we'll have to live with for years to come. (Editor's note – the Chronicle has published several stories on this topic.)

• 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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