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Letters to the Editor

Sound Off: Buried in taxes

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

They are burying me
I want to know where all of our tax dollars are going. What I'm going to do is send the city of Batavia my burial expenses. They are burying me in taxes. They are burying me in electric. They are burying me. They can pay for my burial.

Kane County is a good place to live
I am reading the Sound Off where a person said, "Do not die here ... ." This is way too funny. I don't think autopsies should be done on stroke or heart attack victims. My aunt died of a stroke. She was not in Kane County. There was no autopsy. My cousin died as well. No autopsy. I can't see it. They did not live in Kane County. I don't think you have to have an autopsy for heart attacks and strokes. I can see for overdose, but I can't see for anything else. Who is the person, "Do not die here?" Kane County is a good place to live. My kids stayed in this area. We are happy about that.

'Thank' Rob Russell
I noticed in the Saturday, Aug. 16, issue of the Sound Off column, that there were two calls concerning taxes being too high. I think we can thank Rob Russell, from the coroner's office for some of those tax increases.

Always wants more
I'm surprised by the number of callers who support the current coroner, an individual who continually operates over budget and always seems to want more money. He is operating like a bull in a China shop. Suppose every office or department operated as he does, over budget and wants more money. The hue and cry from the taxpayer would be deafening. Just look at what happens when a school board wants more money. And to correct one caller, the coroner does not perform autopsies. The office arranges for them to be done by a certified doctor.

I'm glad I don't live there
I am responding to "Remove that ordinance" in North Aurora. They can have their boats in their driveway or campers. I'm glad I don't live in North Aurora. I would not want to see the campers and the boats in the driveway. If people want that, they should get a bigger home, maybe an acre lot, and they won't bother other people's areas. Yes, everybody has cars, but if you have a nice car it's fine in the driveway. That lady's been there 10 years, and she wants to keep it that way. But they have everybody do that. If she has a camper or boat, she could leave it all week and see what happens. If she wakes up and finds out that she got a ticket, oh well, that's how it goes.

Defeat the referendum
This may be sacrilege, but the Batavia school board is asking for $15 million, primarily to replace a football field, athletic facilities and to remove and replace the stadium bleachers. For that amount of money, does Batavia still need a football program? With the cost of coaches, uniforms and maintenance of the uniforms, equipment and the replacing of equipment, football is very expensive. That is not counting the marching band and their needs. The athletic field and perhaps the track can be improved for gym classes and sports other than football and could be rented out to traveling or club teams. Also, in time, the injuries that occur from football, knees, shoulders, backs and concussions, can become a real factor, just as in the NFL and college. It is time for Batavia voters to defeat this bond referendum because the money to repay the loan can have better use than a football stadium.

Taxes are too high
Hello, Kane County. These are about your taxes. I am addressing the Sound Off from last week. I agree with you, the person who wrote it. Our taxes are too high. There should be more people complaining about their taxes. Where are you? Contact the school board. That's where most of your money goes, to pay for education. A two-bath condo in downtown is over $10,200 in taxes. Look at your bills. We've got to do something to bring them down. I am thinking of selling my property. I hope somebody wants to pay the taxes that are due.

Where is the ethics in the media?
I think the media should be held accountable for the racial tensions in the United States. They owe the public an explanation of how they decide when the race of a person included in the story is being told. It would make sense to be consistent. It should be reported for every story, not just once it's sensationalized. Where is the ethics in the media?

• 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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