Suburban Life Sound Off: April 18-24, 2016

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

Don't leave lights on all night

What gives with neighbors leaving their porch lights on all night? Is this a community requirement? Aren’t timers available to enable the lights to go off later in the evening? With nicer weather now allowing us to leave windows open, the curtains must be drawn or shades shut so that light doesn’t come into bedrooms. This in turn shuts out the cooler air and breeze, besides the light. I wish that people wouldn’t feel compelled to leave lights on all night long. This is a safe city and city lights on the corners should suffice.

Cyclists need to share road

I have to take a moment to complain about bicyclists riding on Prairie Avenue in Downers Grove. Now that the weather is warming up, they will be out in full force. I take Prairie Ave every morning to work between 6 and 6:30 am. Many days, about 10 to 20 bikers are hoarding the street, slowing up commuters. Can't they ride single file? Or, better yet, use the designated bike path on the street. They are truly a nuisance and all I'm asking them is either use the bike lane or ride single file. People have to get to work.

Constitutional guarantee

The Sound Off column has had a few comments regarding pension benefits and who should or should not receive them in our state. Here is what the Illinois Constitution has to say: "Article 13, Section 5, Pension and Retirement Rights: Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired."

Watch for pedestrian

Anyone in the area of Harrison Street and North Wheaton Avenue [in Wheaton], be alert to an individual with a death wish darting in front of traffic, ostensibly to "prove" a point about the pedestrian crosswalk on Harrison. He did it to me and I saw him do it to another vehicle later. He will pause to make you think he is waiting for you and then run in front of you at the last moment, causing you to screech to a halt. He then proceeds to glare at you while pointing at the pedestrian crosswalk sign. … I guess on his gravestone will be "He had the right of way."

Rauner needs to see result of actions

After reading several columns about developmentally disabled individuals, especially one article about personal needs allowance, which Gov. Rauner has cut back to only $50 a month, I think Gov. Rauner need to to grab a few cots, take him and his staff, and spend a week at these group homes for the developmentally disabled individuals and do what they do every day whether it's local trips to the store for some groceries or personal effects. He needs to go where the people of Illinois are, and these people with developmentally disabled issues need to be seen by the governor. He needs to spend time with them and not cut the budget and cut them off.

Already the language

The real reason we don't have a law making English this country's official language is simply because throughout the years politicians deemed the proposed action frivolous, that English is already the language of the U.S. without further law stating so. Of course many past and present lawmakers, most all on the Democratic side, don't want to alienate Hispanic voters, legal and illegal. Basically the same ones who curry the favor of these voters by being against proper voter ID laws.

School starts too early

For years, I wondered why schools are opening early in August. Now we find out that it is so students will be able to have exams before their winter break, probably so the wealthiest will be able to take vacations in the sun. The student who need summer employment apparently don't matter. Park districts who need the revenue from swimming pools don't matter. Families, including senior citizens who pay for summer swim passes don't matter. Perhaps exams should be moved to February, and an after Labor Day start should be reconsidered. District 99 is again going to consider a beginning August calendar on May 2. Shame, shame.

Someone committed crime

The FBI has been instructed to determine if Hillary Clinton did or did not have a private server, did or did not have thousands of classified emails on the private server, did or did not instruct her staff member to remove the classification designation from these emails. And the FBI is then to give the Justice Department their findings. Either she did or she didn't. If she did she's a felon; if she didn't she's not, and the staff members are liars who need to serve time in prison for lying to Congress and federal agents. So, what is it?

Unfair application of fee

I can't believe we have to pay this fee. My lot is five times the size of my neighbor's (whose water I absorb). However my price is $75 and theirs is $16, rough figure. Call and complain, but your green space that you upkeep and neighbor enjoys doesn't count? Let's recalculate now.

Garland to be the next Bork

A Sound Off caller had it right when saying that Constitution does not state that the next president fills the current Supreme Court vacancy. So where did the Republicans get this idea? They got it from the Democrats. They did to the Bork nomination what the Republicans will due to the current Democrat nomination. Garland will be history, just like Bork was.

Send National Guard units to Chicago

Chicago has had more than 1,000 illegal shootings in the first quarter of 2016. Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S. Obviously criminals who shoot at people do not obey the many laws they break when they obtain guns and shoot at people. The Chicago police department goes through one so called reform after another. Nothing seems to work. How about stationing units of the National Guard in Chicago neighborhoods where the most shootings have happened. 

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

Don't leave lights on all night

What gives with neighbors leaving their porch lights on all night? Is this a community requirement? Aren’t timers available to enable the lights to go off later in the evening? With nicer weather now allowing us to leave windows open, the curtains must be drawn or shades shut so that light doesn’t come into bedrooms. This in turn shuts out the cooler air and breeze, besides the light. I wish that people wouldn’t feel compelled to leave lights on all night long. This is a safe city and city lights on the corners should suffice.

Cyclists need to share road

I have to take a moment to complain about bicyclists riding on Prairie Avenue in Downers Grove. Now that the weather is warming up, they will be out in full force. I take Prairie Ave every morning to work between 6 and 6:30 am. Many days, about 10 to 20 bikers are hoarding the street, slowing up commuters. Can't they ride single file? Or, better yet, use the designated bike path on the street. They are truly a nuisance and all I'm asking them is either use the bike lane or ride single file. People have to get to work.

Constitutional guarantee

The Sound Off column has had a few comments regarding pension benefits and who should or should not receive them in our state. Here is what the Illinois Constitution has to say: "Article 13, Section 5, Pension and Retirement Rights: Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired."

Watch for pedestrian

Anyone in the area of Harrison Street and North Wheaton Avenue [in Wheaton], be alert to an individual with a death wish darting in front of traffic, ostensibly to "prove" a point about the pedestrian crosswalk on Harrison. He did it to me and I saw him do it to another vehicle later. He will pause to make you think he is waiting for you and then run in front of you at the last moment, causing you to screech to a halt. He then proceeds to glare at you while pointing at the pedestrian crosswalk sign. … I guess on his gravestone will be "He had the right of way."

Rauner needs to see result of actions

After reading several columns about developmentally disabled individuals, especially one article about personal needs allowance, which Gov. Rauner has cut back to only $50 a month, I think Gov. Rauner need to to grab a few cots, take him and his staff, and spend a week at these group homes for the developmentally disabled individuals and do what they do every day whether it's local trips to the store for some groceries or personal effects. He needs to go where the people of Illinois are, and these people with developmentally disabled issues need to be seen by the governor. He needs to spend time with them and not cut the budget and cut them off.

Already the language

The real reason we don't have a law making English this country's official language is simply because throughout the years politicians deemed the proposed action frivolous, that English is already the language of the U.S. without further law stating so. Of course many past and present lawmakers, most all on the Democratic side, don't want to alienate Hispanic voters, legal and illegal. Basically the same ones who curry the favor of these voters by being against proper voter ID laws.

School starts too early

For years, I wondered why schools are opening early in August. Now we find out that it is so students will be able to have exams before their winter break, probably so the wealthiest will be able to take vacations in the sun. The student who need summer employment apparently don't matter. Park districts who need the revenue from swimming pools don't matter. Families, including senior citizens who pay for summer swim passes don't matter. Perhaps exams should be moved to February, and an after Labor Day start should be reconsidered. District 99 is again going to consider a beginning August calendar on May 2. Shame, shame.

Someone committed crime

The FBI has been instructed to determine if Hillary Clinton did or did not have a private server, did or did not have thousands of classified emails on the private server, did or did not instruct her staff member to remove the classification designation from these emails. And the FBI is then to give the Justice Department their findings. Either she did or she didn't. If she did she's a felon; if she didn't she's not, and the staff members are liars who need to serve time in prison for lying to Congress and federal agents. So, what is it?

Unfair application of fee

I can't believe we have to pay this fee. My lot is five times the size of my neighbor's (whose water I absorb). However my price is $75 and theirs is $16, rough figure. Call and complain, but your green space that you upkeep and neighbor enjoys doesn't count? Let's recalculate now.

Garland to be the next Bork

A Sound Off caller had it right when saying that Constitution does not state that the next president fills the current Supreme Court vacancy. So where did the Republicans get this idea? They got it from the Democrats. They did to the Bork nomination what the Republicans will due to the current Democrat nomination. Garland will be history, just like Bork was.

Send National Guard units to Chicago

Chicago has had more than 1,000 illegal shootings in the first quarter of 2016. Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S. Obviously criminals who shoot at people do not obey the many laws they break when they obtain guns and shoot at people. The Chicago police department goes through one so called reform after another. Nothing seems to work. How about stationing units of the National Guard in Chicago neighborhoods where the most shootings have happened. 

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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