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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: May 2-8, 2016

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

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

Traffic will be a concern

I've been watching the progress and looking at the future photos of the new condos at Ogden Avenue and La Grange Road on the website, it looks all beautiful. My question is, how are all those cars of people living there going to exit that corner? It's virtually impossible to go west on Ogden from there, and exiting onto La Grange Road going South will be just as hard with the left turn lane right there. There are no other exits? Did anyone figure this out before doing this? Oh wait, someone will say, we will add another traffic light, 30 feet from the one at Ogden and La Grange Road, to make it more of a mess.

Bork case was different

In 1987, President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to fill a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate … gave Mr. Bork a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it conducted a floor debate regarding Mr. Bork’s qualifications, and the full Senate held an up or down vote on his suitability. As you know he was not confirmed. … In 2016, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the Senate GOP, as the partisan majority, are using parliamentary maneuvers to deny Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland the Constitutional process that Mr. Bork received. They refuse to vote to allow a committee hearing, a floor debate and an up or down vote on confirmation.

Too noisy in neighborhood

This is my yearly Sound Off on unnecessary noise on state street in Lemont. This is concerning [booming] car stereos and motorcycles that rattle the windows [and] disrupt sleep and conversation. It can be heard for a half mile away. Can't the police hear this excessive noise? Motorcycles that rev their engines are no different. Do it in your own neighborhood. Lemont police, please hear our plea between Main Street and Archer Avenue in Lemont. These are concerned homeowners wishing to enjoy the summer months outside.

Voter ID laws

A cable TV news reader announced "More than a dozen states have new voter ID laws on the books. How will that affect the elections in November?" I thought the progressive trend was to enable illegal aliens and dead people to vote early and vote often? Making people prove your eligibility to vote was supposed to be anti-immigrant and racist. Has this now too changed? States are even making identity cards free so the poor cannot be prevented from voting. What's the country coming to? Maybe common sense? 

Vacationing for free

The reason Obama's daughter is not going to Harvard right away is because she, her mother, her sister, and her grandmother are going to travel all over the world on Air Force One for vacation, because they would not be able to do that after Obama leaves office. So they're going to take advantage of his being in office and travel all over the world at taxpayers' expense. That's why she's not going to Harvard [yet]. 

Gun crimes unpunished

As to a caller's concern about so many gun murders in Chicago, I share your concern. Federal laws already exist that provide minimum five-year or more sentences for commission of a felony while in possession of a gun. The problem is that prosecutors will not take advantage of these laws, and they plea bargain away the gun possession in order to get any easier conviction. Thus, the felon is back out on the streets in a short time, and the prosecutors have an easily won conviction record to brag about at election time. 

Costs keep going up

We have owned our home and lived in Downers Grove for 41 years. We are retired and nearly 80 years old. Our real estate tax bill has increased 10 percent over last year's bill. Have house prices gone up 10 percent? I doubt it. And now our Village Council is debating on how to handle what they call a "stormwater" charge, so we are charged for rain running off of our roof. What's next, meters in our nostrils to measure how much air we breathe?

Further steps

Now that the high school District 99 board of education has, in effect swallowed the Kool-Aid of gender neutrality for student toilet facilities, the taxpayers will be providing new bathrooms to help students decide if they are girls or boys on a particular day. That done, it is now also the time for the school board to gender neutralize, you guessed it, athletics and cheerleading. They could easily begin with a general neutral softball team, baseball team, and Pom Pom squad. Come on board members, don't chicken out. You took the first step, now get on with the rest of the mission. And while you're completing the gender neutral restrooms for students, don't forget similar facilities for the faculty and administration. 

Outdated food in stores

In the Downers Grove-Westmont area we have many choices for grocery shopping. With so many competitors in the grocery market, I cannot understand why the stores use the word "Fresh" when they carry old, stale, spoiled and/or outdated food on their shelves. … I have encountered outdated bakery, produce and dairy products … on a regular basis. … Oranges shouldn't be dry, celery should not bend in half and no one wants expired yogurt. It's time consumers return the bad food and hold these grocers responsible.

Don't lump together

As a grandchild of immigrants who obeyed the law and entered the U.S. legally, I am offended when crooked politicians lump my grandparents in with illegal aliens and claim that Donald Trump hates immigrants. I have never understood Mr. Trump to detest legal immigration. Yes, if elected president, he would and should enforce laws that forbid illegal entry into the United States. Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution compels the president to see to it that the laws are enforced, regardless of the shameful disregard of this constitutional requirement by our current president.

Previous board to blame

Referring to the "Bad move for College of DuPage," had the previous board done their job, we probably would not have had to spend all that money on investigations. It was on their watch that the problems existed, not only the food, the alcohol, the radio scandal, which Elmhurst College had notified COD about, and COD did nothing until the Tribune wrote an expose. Then there was the inflated student numbers, and I'm not sure how many more problems. I do feel maybe now things will be better. You notice I said "maybe," but I can hope. We the taxpayers are the ones that suffer and pay and pay and pay. 

Shame on newspaper

Shame on your newspaper for the article that you put in your Sound Off, "Bad move for College of DuPage." You did exactly what you said you wouldn't do in printing people's Sound Off, and yet you put this at the top. I'm not involved or anything with any of these people or anything, but I read your newspaper all the time and I say shame on you. 

Guns but not gambling?

Not too long ago in Elmhurst, the whole town was up in arms over allowing video gambling to help support the local VFW hall. … It would have helped local businesses that lose out to other communities, but most of all it would have helped the VFW hall, the one where the veterans that served our country could use a helping hand. But no, the yuppies came out big time. Funny though, I've been reading about a new business looking to open up in Elmhurst they want to sell guns with a gun range. But not one peep about it. The powers that be say there should be zoning for it, can't turn it down. Where is all the outrage over guns being sold in Elmhurst?

Global warming lie

Change the name from "global warming" to "climate change" and probably to something else in a year or two, and you'll still have a political lie that only kills jobs, increases government control over people's lives and expect people to forget that living things all over the world spend their entire lives giving off carbon dioxide as they convert carbohydrates to release energy to keep themselves alive. The only way to keep carbon from going up into the atmosphere is to do away with life on Earth. 

Unfair benefits

It has gotten to the point that a typical family of illegal aliens receives more federal and state government payment then the Social Security received by retired senior citizens. And don't forget that the taxes removed from the Social Security check go to pay the benefits to the illegal aliens as well. Also, it is against the law for hospitals to deny free medical care to the illegals, while the retired seniors have to pray that their Medicare will outlive them. We desperately need "The Donald."

Burning restrictions

Spring has arrived along with the birds, flowers, weeds and the out door burners. While Elmhurst allows outdoor burning, a city permit is required, and burners are only allowed to burn seasoned fire wood, not scrap lumber, old pallets and what ever was collected during the winter. The noxious fumes from "garbage" burning affects people like me who suffer from asthma, and so we have to live all summer with the doors and windows closed. By the way, it is a violation to burn anything other than seasoned fire wood. I would not be reluctant to call [the] police if I witnessed someone burning banned material.

Events need promotion

Wouldn't it have been nice if the Grant High School production of Mary Poppins had been done with some promotion? How difficult would have been to have put a poster at the bank, or the shopping plaza, near the gazebo, any number of places in Fox Lake. But when do we find out about it of course? In the newspaper after the event. This goes on constantly. People do not know how to promote what they're doing. I'd love to know how many empty seats were in the auditorium. Same thing with Village Church. They did Mary Poppins, nobody knew about it until later, but at least they have a sign up at the Grayslake Library. A Warren Township library sign would've been really wonderful.

Careful crossing

Since property taxes went up, I hope the extra money goes for the safety and maybe teaching the kids at the Antioch High School on how to cross the street. Most kids that go to Antioch High School are between the ages of 14 and 18. Maybe we should have a crossing guard or special lights or something. … The Antioch kids, they don't know how to cross the street. It needs to be safe for everybody, not only the kids, but the people that are driving a car.

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

Traffic will be a concern

I've been watching the progress and looking at the future photos of the new condos at Ogden Avenue and La Grange Road on the website, it looks all beautiful. My question is, how are all those cars of people living there going to exit that corner? It's virtually impossible to go west on Ogden from there, and exiting onto La Grange Road going South will be just as hard with the left turn lane right there. There are no other exits? Did anyone figure this out before doing this? Oh wait, someone will say, we will add another traffic light, 30 feet from the one at Ogden and La Grange Road, to make it more of a mess.

Bork case was different

In 1987, President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to fill a vacancy on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate … gave Mr. Bork a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it conducted a floor debate regarding Mr. Bork’s qualifications, and the full Senate held an up or down vote on his suitability. As you know he was not confirmed. … In 2016, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the Senate GOP, as the partisan majority, are using parliamentary maneuvers to deny Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland the Constitutional process that Mr. Bork received. They refuse to vote to allow a committee hearing, a floor debate and an up or down vote on confirmation.

Too noisy in neighborhood

This is my yearly Sound Off on unnecessary noise on state street in Lemont. This is concerning [booming] car stereos and motorcycles that rattle the windows [and] disrupt sleep and conversation. It can be heard for a half mile away. Can't the police hear this excessive noise? Motorcycles that rev their engines are no different. Do it in your own neighborhood. Lemont police, please hear our plea between Main Street and Archer Avenue in Lemont. These are concerned homeowners wishing to enjoy the summer months outside.

Voter ID laws

A cable TV news reader announced "More than a dozen states have new voter ID laws on the books. How will that affect the elections in November?" I thought the progressive trend was to enable illegal aliens and dead people to vote early and vote often? Making people prove your eligibility to vote was supposed to be anti-immigrant and racist. Has this now too changed? States are even making identity cards free so the poor cannot be prevented from voting. What's the country coming to? Maybe common sense? 

Vacationing for free

The reason Obama's daughter is not going to Harvard right away is because she, her mother, her sister, and her grandmother are going to travel all over the world on Air Force One for vacation, because they would not be able to do that after Obama leaves office. So they're going to take advantage of his being in office and travel all over the world at taxpayers' expense. That's why she's not going to Harvard [yet]. 

Gun crimes unpunished

As to a caller's concern about so many gun murders in Chicago, I share your concern. Federal laws already exist that provide minimum five-year or more sentences for commission of a felony while in possession of a gun. The problem is that prosecutors will not take advantage of these laws, and they plea bargain away the gun possession in order to get any easier conviction. Thus, the felon is back out on the streets in a short time, and the prosecutors have an easily won conviction record to brag about at election time. 

Costs keep going up

We have owned our home and lived in Downers Grove for 41 years. We are retired and nearly 80 years old. Our real estate tax bill has increased 10 percent over last year's bill. Have house prices gone up 10 percent? I doubt it. And now our Village Council is debating on how to handle what they call a "stormwater" charge, so we are charged for rain running off of our roof. What's next, meters in our nostrils to measure how much air we breathe?

Further steps

Now that the high school District 99 board of education has, in effect swallowed the Kool-Aid of gender neutrality for student toilet facilities, the taxpayers will be providing new bathrooms to help students decide if they are girls or boys on a particular day. That done, it is now also the time for the school board to gender neutralize, you guessed it, athletics and cheerleading. They could easily begin with a general neutral softball team, baseball team, and Pom Pom squad. Come on board members, don't chicken out. You took the first step, now get on with the rest of the mission. And while you're completing the gender neutral restrooms for students, don't forget similar facilities for the faculty and administration. 

Outdated food in stores

In the Downers Grove-Westmont area we have many choices for grocery shopping. With so many competitors in the grocery market, I cannot understand why the stores use the word "Fresh" when they carry old, stale, spoiled and/or outdated food on their shelves. … I have encountered outdated bakery, produce and dairy products … on a regular basis. … Oranges shouldn't be dry, celery should not bend in half and no one wants expired yogurt. It's time consumers return the bad food and hold these grocers responsible.

Don't lump together

As a grandchild of immigrants who obeyed the law and entered the U.S. legally, I am offended when crooked politicians lump my grandparents in with illegal aliens and claim that Donald Trump hates immigrants. I have never understood Mr. Trump to detest legal immigration. Yes, if elected president, he would and should enforce laws that forbid illegal entry into the United States. Article 2, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution compels the president to see to it that the laws are enforced, regardless of the shameful disregard of this constitutional requirement by our current president.

Previous board to blame

Referring to the "Bad move for College of DuPage," had the previous board done their job, we probably would not have had to spend all that money on investigations. It was on their watch that the problems existed, not only the food, the alcohol, the radio scandal, which Elmhurst College had notified COD about, and COD did nothing until the Tribune wrote an expose. Then there was the inflated student numbers, and I'm not sure how many more problems. I do feel maybe now things will be better. You notice I said "maybe," but I can hope. We the taxpayers are the ones that suffer and pay and pay and pay. 

Shame on newspaper

Shame on your newspaper for the article that you put in your Sound Off, "Bad move for College of DuPage." You did exactly what you said you wouldn't do in printing people's Sound Off, and yet you put this at the top. I'm not involved or anything with any of these people or anything, but I read your newspaper all the time and I say shame on you. 

Guns but not gambling?

Not too long ago in Elmhurst, the whole town was up in arms over allowing video gambling to help support the local VFW hall. … It would have helped local businesses that lose out to other communities, but most of all it would have helped the VFW hall, the one where the veterans that served our country could use a helping hand. But no, the yuppies came out big time. Funny though, I've been reading about a new business looking to open up in Elmhurst they want to sell guns with a gun range. But not one peep about it. The powers that be say there should be zoning for it, can't turn it down. Where is all the outrage over guns being sold in Elmhurst?

Global warming lie

Change the name from "global warming" to "climate change" and probably to something else in a year or two, and you'll still have a political lie that only kills jobs, increases government control over people's lives and expect people to forget that living things all over the world spend their entire lives giving off carbon dioxide as they convert carbohydrates to release energy to keep themselves alive. The only way to keep carbon from going up into the atmosphere is to do away with life on Earth. 

Unfair benefits

It has gotten to the point that a typical family of illegal aliens receives more federal and state government payment then the Social Security received by retired senior citizens. And don't forget that the taxes removed from the Social Security check go to pay the benefits to the illegal aliens as well. Also, it is against the law for hospitals to deny free medical care to the illegals, while the retired seniors have to pray that their Medicare will outlive them. We desperately need "The Donald."

Burning restrictions

Spring has arrived along with the birds, flowers, weeds and the out door burners. While Elmhurst allows outdoor burning, a city permit is required, and burners are only allowed to burn seasoned fire wood, not scrap lumber, old pallets and what ever was collected during the winter. The noxious fumes from "garbage" burning affects people like me who suffer from asthma, and so we have to live all summer with the doors and windows closed. By the way, it is a violation to burn anything other than seasoned fire wood. I would not be reluctant to call [the] police if I witnessed someone burning banned material.

Events need promotion

Wouldn't it have been nice if the Grant High School production of Mary Poppins had been done with some promotion? How difficult would have been to have put a poster at the bank, or the shopping plaza, near the gazebo, any number of places in Fox Lake. But when do we find out about it of course? In the newspaper after the event. This goes on constantly. People do not know how to promote what they're doing. I'd love to know how many empty seats were in the auditorium. Same thing with Village Church. They did Mary Poppins, nobody knew about it until later, but at least they have a sign up at the Grayslake Library. A Warren Township library sign would've been really wonderful.

Careful crossing

Since property taxes went up, I hope the extra money goes for the safety and maybe teaching the kids at the Antioch High School on how to cross the street. Most kids that go to Antioch High School are between the ages of 14 and 18. Maybe we should have a crossing guard or special lights or something. … The Antioch kids, they don't know how to cross the street. It needs to be safe for everybody, not only the kids, but the people that are driving a car.

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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