The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:
What about the mall?
I'm responding to "Looking good, St. Charles." Yes, finally the road construction is all finished. The roads look wonderful. But what about Charlestowne Mall? Or it's being called The Quad. That really needs attention. I know they have new owners, and I heard that they're going to be doing wonderful things. Well I'm not going to hold my breath, and don't anyone else either because you never know. We really need a mall in St. Charles because when I get company, I take them to Geneva Commons. But there's no [JC] Penney's there, and there's no Carson's there, and the older ones, they're familiar with those stores. And then it's a ride to Stratford [Square] Mall. That needs help, too.
He has some backbone
It's Saturday and I'm reading about the Kane County coroner in the Chronicle and the committee board meeting of public [safety], Friday, yesterday. I'm just calling in to say, Rob Russell, our Kane County coroner, is going to get re-elected. America is yearning for somebody who's not a politician, somebody who we elect, actually gets in and has some backbone and tries to do the job that he was elected to do.
Keep it up, Rob Russell
Legislators sit around in committee meeting[s] and criticize other people. Our board chairman, Chris Lauzen, never managed anything. He was a legislator for ... 20 years and now he's trying to manage the county, or says he is. For Rob Russell's accreditation, what does he do? He gives back-handed compliments instead of supporting our coroner. So that's the bottom line. He's doing the job that we elected him to do. I'm saying it as a voter and citizen in Kane County. Keep it up, Rob Russell. Don't let the legislators and politicians get you down.
Ready and willing to be coroner
For as long as I've lived in the area, the Kane County Coroner's Office has had problems. I'm ready and I'm able and willing to perform for every taxpayer, the service. I'll do the coroner's job for half the cost, half the salary. And I come dually prepared. I know how to turn lights and buttons on and off.
'Do not die here'
Can someone tell Chris Lauzen and the rest of the Kane County Board that people die in Kane County, and if they're not under a physician or hospice care, autopsies are required. The Kane County coroner preforms these autopsies so when people die in Kane County from a heart attack, stroke, vehicle accident or drug overdose, Lauzen wants to limit autopsies because they cost too much. Lauzen should place a big sign when entering Kane County: "Do not die here, so the coroner's budget will be balanced."
Remove that ordinance
I've been a resident of North Aurora now for well over 10 years, and I get ordinances against keeping your camper or boat in your driveway ... . It's not supposed to be there [approximately] Tuesday through Thursday; you should have another place to put it. Unless you're some of the special, privileged people in the village here that seem to keep their boat in their driveway every year, all summer long. I don't know why they should be able to get away with it, and I don't want to get away with it. I think they should just remove that ordinance and let everybody park their camper or boat in their driveway, like other towns that do it. It's not that bad, and there are a lot of cars that are worse than that. Thank you.
Retail needed in Batavia
I want to say that as an east-sider, I agree with neither the Keep Batavia Neighborhoods group or the city about what to do with the 55-acre parcel. The "neighborhood" is somewhat of a misnomer, as town houses would bring in more people that would ultimately be a space-burden on the schools, and the warehouses would just add to awful traffic on Kirk Road. Batavia's shopping core is very west-side centric. Rezoning the property to higher-end retail would give east-siders actual options for shopping and add to the community vibe that a warehouse would not give, while still increasing revenue, encouraging spending money in Batavia, instead of in neighboring town[s], and giving something for the community to use.
No to McIlvaine
I could not believe that McIlvaine, who spends 20 some years trying to fix his home improvement project, wants financial compensation from the city for installing a different roof than he had. Why is he allowed compensation? What about the neighbors that had to put up with him with not getting the projects done? He could have let this go on until he's 104, if he lives to that age. Now we all have a laugh at our club that he's seeking compensation from the city. The city of St. Charles, say no. No compensation to him. No!
Thanking the firefighters
Several Sundays ago, my old water heater broke, and water was flowing all over the basement. Between throwing every towel in the house into the water, I called our favorite plumber, who was out of town. The other plumbers didn't answer their phone. I was getting kind of upset, so I called 911. The lady who answered my call said she would see if some firemen could help me. Very soon, a fire truck pulled up to my house, and they took care of the situation until the plumber could come Monday. I want to thank the firemen. You were great. A little joke – if I ever have a fire, you'll be the first people I call.
Rush, it's time to retire
It's time for Rush to retire. Let's all tell him.
What would He think?
I just have to respond to a couple of comments I read in a recent Sound Off. One ends with this: “Face it, if our ancestors had faced the kind of discrimination that immigrants face today, none of us would be here in this country.” Really? This caller must have no idea what went on at Ellis Island, especially regarding health screening. Meanwhile, illegals from some of those nations in Africa suffering the Ebola epidemic are also making it across or southern border. Should we ignore this? Lesser diseases are invading the U.S. as well, and in rather large numbers, putting border guards at risk, and potentially one heckuva lot more Americans. Ignore this, too? And the other comment, also regarding immigration, asks, “What would Jesus do?” One thing I know He’d do is to work to straighten out those countries that are so corrupt that their own people are fleeing them. Why is virtually no one talking about this? The problem will not go away until that happens. And speaking of Jesus, what do you suppose He thinks of America’s insatiable appetite for illicit drugs, some of which are contributing mightily to the internal problems of some of those countries from which these people are fleeing?
Taxes are too high
I am calling in regard to the Kane County property taxes. When is Kane County going to wake up and realize they cannot continue to tax people out of their homes in order to fulfill everybody's wish list and pensions. In the Thornwood South Elgin area ... our assessments are going down. Yet every year, we get our taxes raised because we are paying for everyone's hand in our pocket – to the park district, the special funds, everyone's pensions and last, but not least, District 303's astronomical wish list and property tax increases every year. It's got to stop. If people want their pensions, they can pay into them themselves. The school district needs to live within its budget. We have some of the highest property taxes in the suburbs. It is disgusting. If it keeps up, Kane County isn't going to have anyone to tax anymore. We're all going to have to move out of the area. There has to come a point where it stops and they live within a budget, just like everybody else does. The economy and the people can't take this any longer.
Review your options before raising taxes
Batavia schools, another tax increase! The horse (taxpayers) pulling your wagon is getting weak knees. Suggestion: Beyond educational excellence, have you reviewed your operational excellence, reviewed and renegotiated all service agreements, maintenance procurement programs, and asked, what can be eliminated? What can be negotiated? Please do due diligence before increasing taxes.
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