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Sound Off: The blessings in their lives

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 8:00 a.m. CDT

The blessings in their lives

I just read the column “Too many complainers” in [the weekend] edition, and I just wanted to say thank God for that person because they could not of said it better if they tried. We do have too many complainers. Too many people take for granted what they have because they [were] born here in America. Too many people who don't remember what immigrants went through when they came here, even through Ellis Island or anywhere else they immigrated. It doesn’t work that way now. And I cannot understand how anybody could deny children of anything. They are the world’s future, and thank God they were able to come to our country. They are free to practice their religion. They are free to complain if things are wrong, but sometimes people do complain too much. Way to much. I thank God for every day that I have, and I thank God that I was born in this country, and I thank God for all the blessings in my life. Maybe if people thought more about the blessings in their lives, instead of complaining about other people.

We need the right complainers

I am responding to “Too many complainers.” We need complainers. We also do not need stupid voters that vote these stupid politicians in. They talk about the illegals that are coming into this country – the children and their parents sent them. Isn’t that some kind of law that you just do not give your children away to another country? And as for the grandparents that came, my grandparents came from Europe, and they could not get a job until they learned English. They had to go to school, and they had to pay for it. They did not have the libraries to teach them to learn English and everything else that they needed. We need complainers. We need the right complainers, and the right politicians.

Protect our country

Whether for a person, cause or a foreign country, the act of giving needs to involve not just a loving heart – rather intelligent decisions are needed for our country to be successful for the generations who follow us. Currently, we provide many benefits to illegal residents when our dear veterans need help. They should be our No. 1 priority. If a nation has weak borders, there will be chaos with the threat of terrorists coming in along with children. It is important to love our neighbor, but at the same time it is silly and extremely dangerous to ignore common sense. We need to protect our country, or in time we will have no country to protect.

Restricted video gambling

As one who is not fond of gambling, Batavia and St. Charles are taking an unrealistic approach to video gambling. The organizations who want the video gambling are members-only clubs. The cities can allow the video gambling but restrict access to only members of the clubs. Veterans have to be veterans to join the VFW or American legions. Guests would not be allowed to use the video gambling until they become members. The local police must have immediate access to these facilities to make sure the organizations comply with the city ordinance that only members are playing the video gambling machines.

Character would change forever

Why is Batavia considering to rezone to allow a huge industrial park at the corner of Kirk Road and Wind Energy Pass. The neighborly character will change forever, with 56 acres of concrete warehouse buildings and truck parking lots. Kirk Road will become a convoy of semi-trucks, adding to the already slowed traffic and safety concerns. The residents who bought their homes in this area, trusting that Batavia would build a multi-family complex and retail there which it is now zoned there. Which would leave them with lower property values. Is this fair? For all of Batavia this will diminish the attractiveness of Batavia. There is website about this at www.keepbatavianeighborhoods.com.

What about the musicians?

I have two comments. First, blasting loud music full of foul language is offensive to many people. If you enjoy such music, please turn the volume down when you are filling your car with gasoline. The music is inappropriate for children to hear. Second, I would love to read more about all the talented musicians in our schools. I would love to read as much about our talented musicians, artists and thespians as I do about student athletes. Thank you.

Hooray for Hobby Lobby

The medical insurance provided by my employer is for medical problems, such as a broken arm, pneumonia or an adenomectomy and other problems dealing with my health. Conception and contraception is not a medical problem; it is something that can be cared for by careful planning or just saying no. Hooray for Hobby Lobby.

What to do with an old generator?

I have an old generator, and I was wondering what I could do with it to get rid of it.

Slow down

I was at Panera Bread today getting food for my sister and I. I had my walker with me because I have MS. The same woman bumped into me three times and caused me to lose my balance on the third time. People need to slow down. I am disabled; that’s why I have my walker.

Give them maps

Last week U.S. Senate Leader Harry Reid, ... U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s ... boss stated that the border is secure. If the border is secure, why aren't any of the illegal children from South America being transferred to places like Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Elko, Nevada? It appears that the Nevada borders are secure but not Texas or Arizona from the influx of illegal immigrants. Perhaps Reid and Durbin should read maps of the United States so they know where the borders are.

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