Suburban Life Sound Off: April 11-17, 2016

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Shame to sell off park

The Park District put the park at Maple and Sherman up for sale with little notice or public input. Bids were accepted on April 5 and the board will vote to approve April 21. This was a nice little park where people from the neighborhood walk their dogs. It was part of a corridor for wildlife from nearby Maple Grove forest preserve. There was a marshy area to help relieve stormwater runoff. Seems a shame to cut down all those beautiful trees to build a few more houses.

What's best for U.S.

On the news [recently] I saw a prediction that the Boston newspaper had made regarding Donald Trump. I didn't know newspapers were supposed to print fiction, and that … editors have a crystal ball to determine that all of the people are going to be deported. Wouldn't every American who is here legally and honestly want this country to be saved for their children and their families? I don't care what nationality you are, we're all here for the same reason. So the people who don't belong here legally should not be here, and that's the bottom line. Donald Trump is only going to be doing what's best for this country.

Spending needs goals

How can [Glen Ellyn] District 41 school administration recommend adding more technology hardware devices into the hands of elementary aged students without providing goals and objectives, or at minimum a first-year plan of action? There is no plan in place on what the district strives to achieve with the equipment purchase and/or lease. This is so aggravating to watch our elected officials agree to this madness … no plan … no intent to measure success or failure if using technology will help our kids learn. 

Don't use chemicals

Let's everybody save some money this year and refuse to spend a dime on lawn chemicals and the companies that spray them. Big Lawn spends millions in advertising every year to keep you neurotically anxious about "weeds" and convince you that a chemically-treated monoculture lawn is of highest importance, all while downplaying any harmful side effects. Let's be clear, these cosmetic lawn chemicals are straight-up poisons. There is not enough space here to list all the health issues directly linked to them. Lawn chemicals are toxic to you, the environment, bees, wildlife, and our water supplies and waterways, and every one of those things is more important than a chemically artificial lawn.

Problem solved?

It's been a long while since the Downers Grove police department arrested people for prostitution in the massage parlors. Are these businesses all gone from Ogden Avenue? If not, they ought to be.

Stormwater tax a problem

I think it's about time the village finally considers changing the way the stormwater utility tax is collected. I have lived here in Downers Grove for [more than] 30 years. I have spoken to many people who live here in town, and I don't know one person that likes this newfound stormwater utility tax implemented in 2013. It's very expensive and why, because a consultant to the village thinks we should collect many millions in a short period time?

Parking pass suggestion

Why can't the village of Downers Grove sell village parking passes the night before if you're going to be going downtown on the train at 8:45, instead of making you get there at 8:30, and then try to find a parking spot and make your train? The parking lot is full due to commuters, so people who want to go downtown on a regular basis cannot have the convenience of buying the parking pass the night before. If you buy it at 4 o'clock it's not going to be used until in the next day, so why can't the village look into it? The village is very inflexible on this issue, please have somebody look into it.

Unfair to taxpayers

The pensions for lifetime employees are just really bad. Gov. Rauner is not to blame, just as Madigan is to blame partially, because the firemen, policeman have to get lifetime pensions based on their last salary. I think that is not fair, and it's not fair to the taxpayers and the fact that they get to retire early.

Not doing their jobs

Senators of the United States are paid $174,000 a year. The majority leader is paid $193,000 a year. They get benefits and retirement. Yet the Republicans refuse to do the job we are paying them to do. They refuse an up or down vote on Merrick Garland, and they support this idiocy by stating they want the people to have a say with the next election. This is a blatant lie. Nowhere in the Constitution is it stated that the next president fills the current vacancy. The Republicans are selling us a con game. What would stop them from blocking the next president from doing so?

Need better option for old TVs

I want to thank the thoughtful volunteers who organized the recycling event at Elmhurst College this weekend. It's a great service to the community and to the environment. Thank you. My only concern is that they're not accepting TVs with tubes in them. They handed me a flier that listed other recycling sites that also either do not accept tube TVs or charge you $50 to dispose of them. I wish someone would come up with a reasonable, affordable and responsible way to dispose of these old TVs, or I fear they will end up in our dumps through irresponsible dumping.

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Want to contribute to Sound Off? Call 331-481-6089 or email mslsoundoff@shawmedia.com.

Shame to sell off park

The Park District put the park at Maple and Sherman up for sale with little notice or public input. Bids were accepted on April 5 and the board will vote to approve April 21. This was a nice little park where people from the neighborhood walk their dogs. It was part of a corridor for wildlife from nearby Maple Grove forest preserve. There was a marshy area to help relieve stormwater runoff. Seems a shame to cut down all those beautiful trees to build a few more houses.

What's best for U.S.

On the news [recently] I saw a prediction that the Boston newspaper had made regarding Donald Trump. I didn't know newspapers were supposed to print fiction, and that … editors have a crystal ball to determine that all of the people are going to be deported. Wouldn't every American who is here legally and honestly want this country to be saved for their children and their families? I don't care what nationality you are, we're all here for the same reason. So the people who don't belong here legally should not be here, and that's the bottom line. Donald Trump is only going to be doing what's best for this country.

Spending needs goals

How can [Glen Ellyn] District 41 school administration recommend adding more technology hardware devices into the hands of elementary aged students without providing goals and objectives, or at minimum a first-year plan of action? There is no plan in place on what the district strives to achieve with the equipment purchase and/or lease. This is so aggravating to watch our elected officials agree to this madness … no plan … no intent to measure success or failure if using technology will help our kids learn. 

Don't use chemicals

Let's everybody save some money this year and refuse to spend a dime on lawn chemicals and the companies that spray them. Big Lawn spends millions in advertising every year to keep you neurotically anxious about "weeds" and convince you that a chemically-treated monoculture lawn is of highest importance, all while downplaying any harmful side effects. Let's be clear, these cosmetic lawn chemicals are straight-up poisons. There is not enough space here to list all the health issues directly linked to them. Lawn chemicals are toxic to you, the environment, bees, wildlife, and our water supplies and waterways, and every one of those things is more important than a chemically artificial lawn.

Problem solved?

It's been a long while since the Downers Grove police department arrested people for prostitution in the massage parlors. Are these businesses all gone from Ogden Avenue? If not, they ought to be.

Stormwater tax a problem

I think it's about time the village finally considers changing the way the stormwater utility tax is collected. I have lived here in Downers Grove for [more than] 30 years. I have spoken to many people who live here in town, and I don't know one person that likes this newfound stormwater utility tax implemented in 2013. It's very expensive and why, because a consultant to the village thinks we should collect many millions in a short period time?

Parking pass suggestion

Why can't the village of Downers Grove sell village parking passes the night before if you're going to be going downtown on the train at 8:45, instead of making you get there at 8:30, and then try to find a parking spot and make your train? The parking lot is full due to commuters, so people who want to go downtown on a regular basis cannot have the convenience of buying the parking pass the night before. If you buy it at 4 o'clock it's not going to be used until in the next day, so why can't the village look into it? The village is very inflexible on this issue, please have somebody look into it.

Unfair to taxpayers

The pensions for lifetime employees are just really bad. Gov. Rauner is not to blame, just as Madigan is to blame partially, because the firemen, policeman have to get lifetime pensions based on their last salary. I think that is not fair, and it's not fair to the taxpayers and the fact that they get to retire early.

Not doing their jobs

Senators of the United States are paid $174,000 a year. The majority leader is paid $193,000 a year. They get benefits and retirement. Yet the Republicans refuse to do the job we are paying them to do. They refuse an up or down vote on Merrick Garland, and they support this idiocy by stating they want the people to have a say with the next election. This is a blatant lie. Nowhere in the Constitution is it stated that the next president fills the current vacancy. The Republicans are selling us a con game. What would stop them from blocking the next president from doing so?

Need better option for old TVs

I want to thank the thoughtful volunteers who organized the recycling event at Elmhurst College this weekend. It's a great service to the community and to the environment. Thank you. My only concern is that they're not accepting TVs with tubes in them. They handed me a flier that listed other recycling sites that also either do not accept tube TVs or charge you $50 to dispose of them. I wish someone would come up with a reasonable, affordable and responsible way to dispose of these old TVs, or I fear they will end up in our dumps through irresponsible dumping.

Guidelines for submissions

• When calling, please speak clearly and slowly. Keep messages to a maximum of 60 seconds.

• Callers may speak on topics anonymously.

• We will not publish attacks of a personal nature or those accusing persons of crimes or illegal conduct that have not been previously published or documented.

• We will not print calls commenting on signed Letters to the Editor.

• Sound Off comments are the opinions of our readers and, as such, should not be taken as fact.

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