Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Letter: An unarmed America is an America at risk

In response to the Letter to the Editor dated Jan. 3, does the person who wrote that letter understand there are rules in the state of Illinois? You must have a Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card that has your picture and information on it that matches your driver’s license. Without the FOID card, you cannot purchase any firearm or ammunition.

If the author of that letter feels hard-working, law-abiding, tax-paying, ex-military patriots are “macho,” then I say thank you for the compliment.

Did you know the law in Illinois says you cannot have any more than three shells in a shotgun or a rifle? Hand guns hold a six-shot capacity.

There are many shooting clubs in Illinois and throughout the United States, some very close in proximity to Sugar Grove. Safety is stressed to the limit.

What you don’t seem to understand is that legal gun ownership is not the problem. The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects all legal gun owners. An unarmed America is an America at risk.

Willis Johnsen
Sugar Grove

Letter: Profitable American Legion is good for Sugar Grove

Two things became extremely clear at the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting on Jan. 8. The first is that the community is completely divided on the issue of legalized video gaming in Sugar Grove. One side believes that property values will plummet, gambling addiction will skyrocket and Sugar Grove will become the next Las Vegas.

The other side believes that a business-friendly community should level the playing field and allow businesses to compete fairly with businesses in the surrounding communities. I believe that no amount of debate is going to change the minds of either side. It is, was, and always will be a divisive issue. I’m willing to leave it at that.

The business in Sugar Grove that needs the playing field leveled is the American Legion Post. They cannot compete with the establishments in the surrounding communities that already have video gaming. So, until at least April, the Village Board has made it possible for the Legion to compete by allowing video gaming, pending the outcome of the advisory referendum, which will be on the ballot in the April 9 election.

The local people who spoke out against this action all prefaced their comments by stating that they support the American Legion. That is the second thing that became clear: we all support the Legion.

I am confident that each and every local pastor who spoke at the meeting will make sure on April 9 that their congregations are getting out the vote to take away the Legion’s right to fairly compete. If, as they all stated, they support the Legion, then they must support the Legion. I challenge each of them to encourage their members to join the Legion, attend the dinners or make a donation to keep our American Legion Post a healthy and vibrant part of our community. The Legion is not just another bar or club. The Legion members are active in the community and support numerous local activities and charitable causes. I cannot for the life of me see how a prosperous and profitable American Legion Post is bad for Sugar Grove.

For information about joining or making a tax deductible donation to the Sugar Grove American Legion, call (630) 466-9700. The Legion is a 501C 19 charitable organization.

Louise Coffman
Sugar Grove

Letter: Sugar Grove Lions Club seeks new members

“You can’t get very far until you start doing something for someone else.” That’s what Melvin Jones said 100 years ago, and it still applies today. Melvin Jones founded Lions Clubs in 1917. He was an insurance executive who decided to give back to the community that helped him become successful.

It’s about going home after a fundraiser with that warm feeling, knowing you made a positive difference in peoples’ lives. You’ll realize as you get older how important it is to help those in need … but why wait until you get older? You can start right now by joining the Sugar Grove Lions Club. We’re going to meet at the end of January, and you are invited if you are 18 or older. Stay tuned for the date, time and location of the meeting.

Chris Halsey
International Association of Lions Clubs

Letter: Public reaction to latest Sandy Hook shooting tragically wrong

Public reaction to the latest mass shooting is, as usual, tragically wrong. People refuse to accept the fact that the men committing these crimes care nothing for our laws.

Legislation restricting firearm ownership based on “military” appearance, caliber or magazine capacity are a fraud and a delusion, and will not prevent another Newtown, Aurora or Columbine. In fact, Columbine occurred in the middle of the 10-year federal assault-weapons ban, which demonstrably had no impact on violent crime at all.

A determined lunatic willing to murder his own mother for her guns will not be deterred by our laws.

There are only two pieces of gun-related legislation that can make the public safer and protect citizens from mass shootings by violent psychotics: first, “shall issue” concealed carry for sane, law-abiding citizens has been shown to reduce violent crime in every state that has implemented it; and second, eliminate the “gun-free” zones that criminals repeatedly target and turn into killing zones. The reality is that the delusional idealism behind the establishment of “gun free” zones by our legislators invites the bloodshed.

Tom Spry
Sugar Grove

Letter: Newtown tragedy highlights two issues

The recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., while all the details are not yet known, has highlighted two issues nationwide. The first would be the need to limit access to high-power, large capacity automatic weapons. These weapons belong in the hands of trained military or law enforcement personnel, not the average citizen, no matter how patriotic.

The same rules that apply to weapons of mass destruction should apply to assault rifles and other such weapons. The NRA’s solution to place armed guards in every school is simplistic, impractical and self-serving. There have been shootings in theaters, shopping malls and beauty salons. Should we mandate armed guards at these and every other public building? Is that the vision of the world you wish to live in? I would hope not. This is a public health issue and should be treated as such.

The second issue is mental illness and how we deal with it in our society. The stigma around mental illness keeps two out of every three persons afflicted with this disorder from seeking treatment. Until we start thinking of mental illness as a biological disorder of the brain that it is, and until we get serious about prevention and early intervention, our society will not change for the better. While the great majority of the mentally ill are not dangerous (and much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators), the notorious few that are will garner all the headlines and attention.

After decades of reducing funding for community mental health services, closing mental health clinics and incarcerating the mentally ill instead of treating them, it is time to get serious about funding mental health services as we do other health issues like cancer, diabetes or obesity. The real solution to the issue should be limiting access to weapons that can kill dozens of innocent people in a short time, as well as treating mental illness as the physical disorder it is through prevention, early detection and intervention efforts.

Jerry Murphy
Sugar Grove

Letter: SG Lions Club to hold organizational meeting

There will be an organizational meeting of the Sugar Grove Lions Club at the end of January. Any men or women interested in joining the International Association of Lions Club—the largest service organization in the world—should contact a local member. The Sugar Grove community should easily have a 50-member Lions Club.

Keep watching for further information on the date, time and location of this meeting.

Chris Halsey
Sugar Grove Lions Club

Letter: Legislation needs to put an end to gun madness

What a shame that 20 little ones—mostly 5- and 6-year-olds—and six adults had to lose their lives so that a few macho men can have guns to play cops and robbers and play soldier, sneaking up on some harmless animal.

These guns are the same guns that macho men use to commit hideous crimes like the one in Newtown, Conn. These guns are the guns that children find from hiding places in their homes to accidentally kill their friends. These are the same guns that young and old alike use in taking their own lives.

The United States is known throughout the world as having one gun for almost every man, women and child in the country—315 million. Can you imagine what the world would think if we were to put one or two policemen with loaded guns at every school in the U.S., as the macho men at National Rifle Association advocate? These macho men don’t care how many people are killed or what others think as long as they have their guns.

We must have legislation to put an end to this madness.

Russell Johnson
Sugar Grove

Letter: Knights Wrestling Club news

Knights Wrestling Club kicked off a tremendous trio of tournaments once the green flag was dropped on this year’s wrestling season. They threw open the doors to Kaneland High School to host the Knights Open on Dec. 9, with over 20 members participating, many for the very first time. Out of such a strong showing, they had many place, including first-place finishes by Cayden Parks (Tots), Jack Certa (Intermediate) and Preston Havis (Senior).

The Knights then marched their way to a first-time appearance in the Hinsdale Red Devil Rumble on Dec.16. With a smaller travel group, they still made quite a splash out east, with first-place finishes by Parks and Cooper Christman (Bantam); fourth-place finishes by Certa (Intermediate) and Sam Girolamo (Intermediate); fifth-place finishes by Jack Parker (Tots), Caden Grabowski (Bantam) and Brenden Parks (Novice).

Not taking time to rest, the next stop on the list was Belvidere Bandits Holiday Brawl. Once again, being a first-time visitor to the Bandits home, Knights showed what they were about with first-place finishes by Chase Brennan (Tots), Cayden Parks and Jace Black (Intermediate); second-place finishes by Parker, Christman and Certa; Third-place finishes for Evan Ross (Tots) and Brenden Parks. Every Knight who showed placed at this tournament.

The Knights will spend the holidays in Sycamore at the Good Guy Tournament on Monday, Dec. 30. The new year will have them splitting into two to make duel appearances at Waubonsees Braves Rookie Tournament and Machesney Park’s Mid-Season Preview on Sunday, Jan. 6.

Michelle Parks
Maple Park

Letter: Elburn Lions Park a ‘no bullying’ zone

With all the talk and publicity about bullying, you might ask if there’s a safe place for your son or daughter. Well, there is a safe place right here in Elburn: Lions Park.

On the first Wednesday of every month, our Leo Club meets in our clubhouse. The Elburn Leo Club is open to any student in the Kaneland School District.

Our Leo Club is one of the largest and strongest in the state of Illinois. The transformation that you will see in your child is amazing. These kids and young adults go through this transformation while interacting with other kids and young adults of like minds.
The main thing that youth learn in the Elburn Leo Club is service to those less fortunate.

There is no cost to join the Elburn Leo Club. Lion Pam Hall is the Elburn Leo Club advisor. Further information about the Elburn Leo Club and its meeting time is available by calling (630) 365-6315.

Chris Halsey
Elburn Lions Club

Letter: A thank you to those who participated in Christmas in Kaneville

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our annual Christmas in Kaneville event on Dec. 1. Thank you to all who came out to support us and enjoy the day.

I would especially like to thank the Kaneville United Methodist Church for their cookie walk, Kaneville Volunteer Fire Department for hosting Santa, Santa and his helpers for donating their time, George and his horses, Gloria Stewart and Heidi Withey of Halogen Lighting for taking and donating our Santa pictures, the Kaneville Public Library for their musical program and crafts, Old Second Bank and Hill’s Country Store for their customer appreciation, and all the crafters with their special talents for the craft show.

On behalf of the Kaneville Township Historical Society, I would like to thank all our bakers who gave us one of the biggest bake sales we’ve ever had. Thank you to Robert Krajecki for the beautiful painting raffled off on that day to raise funds for the Historical Society. Margie Cleveland was our hometown winner of the painting.

To all our historical volunteers—Sheryl Behm, Margie Cleveland, Jeanette Wampach, Pat Hill and Lynette Werdin—thank you for your
help.

As a final note, make sure to get your copy of our 2013 calendar, “Remember When,” before they’re all gone.

Karen Flamand
Kaneville Township Historical Society

Letter: Mental health facility closures the real culprit behind recent shooting sprees

In an interview with CBS Chicago, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told reporters that the recent closures of mental health facilities “is harming people with mental illnesses who should be patients instead of inmates, and the victims of their crimes that could have been prevented.”

With the recent rash of shooting sprees, everyone’s attention has immediately turned to gun control. Some argue for tighter restrictions, and others argue to allow citizens to conceal carry. I have a unique view on the subject: it doesn’t matter.

Attempting to control violent, senseless killings by enacting more gun laws is like trying to prevent drunk driving by controlling the sale of cars. Anyone who makes detailed plans to gun down a group of defenseless strangers obviously has a mental illness. This should be our focus.

Across the United States, state public mental health budgets have been slashed at least $4.35 billion from 2009 to 2012, according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). The Huffington Post writes, “Twenty-nine states reported they’ve had to close more than 3,200 inpatient beds for mentally ill people over the last four years.” Frighteningly, just months after the NIU shootings in DeKalb, Kishwaukee Hospital, the hospital that serves the DeKalb area, closed its inpatient psychiatric care unit.

Mentally ill citizens have increasingly fewer and fewer resources and attention than ever in recent history. As a registered nurse of 20 years, I have watched as people in need of this vital care slip between the cracks of our social safety net and end up using the emergency department for their mental healthcare needs—a place ill-designed to assist in this matter. They come to us to refill their psychiatric medications, they come to us when they feel out of control with anxiety and panic attacks, and they come to us when they become suicidal. All they receive, however, is either a prescription with no real psychiatric care or a 6-24 hour wait in the crowded, noisy emergency room while social services attempts to find them placement in the packed inpatient psychiatric units.

What’s worse is many more end up in the penal system where they receive no appropriate treatment, and they each cost taxpayers between $20,000-50,000 a year, depending on the state.

The mentally ill are treated as less-than-human by their more stable counterparts. There has always been a stigma associated with this illness, and now the government has turned their backs on them. We are all, as a country, paying for that slight. Dozens of mass shootings have marred our countryside, causing untold grief and fear. When will we wake up and realize mental health care funding affects us all?

It’s time to stop looking at these shootings as a cry for gun control and see them as you would accidents caused by drunk drivers. Laws that restrict everyone’s use of a vehicle and/or ability to obtain a driver’s license will not stop drunk drivers from killing innocent people. However, helping them with their substance abuse problems will.

The free market may not see the value in taking care of our mentally/emotionally ill neighbors, but I’m sure everyone can agree it is worth funding programs that would prevent the senseless violence that took the lives of 20 first graders. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let’s get to the source of the problem, which is the mental state of the shooters, not the weapons they wield.

Tara Scharlau
Maple Park

Letter: A thank you from the Elburn Chamber’s beautification committee

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce’s beautification committee wishes to thank the following people for their help in volunteering with the winter decorations: Tyler and Pat Hill, Wasco Nursery, and Brownie Troop 4036 from Kaneland John Stewart School. Downtown looks great, and we could not have done it without all of your help.

Jamie Jump
Office Administrator
Elburn Chamber of Commerce
www.elburn.com

Letter: A thank you from Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630

Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630 would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the donors at the recent Elburn Community Blood Drive. We had 31 volunteers and collected 29 pints of blood.

Thank you to Arthur Anderson, John Anderson, Laurel Beatty, Robert Biddle, Barbara Blank, Jordyn Boley, LeRoy Bubser, Allison Buri, Kelly Callaghan, Albert Frohling, Dennis Girard, Sandra Gould, Kenneth Gustafson, Steve Hall, Pamela Hall, Deborah Hannemann, Daniel Hannemann, Janet Herra, Megan Herra, Cheryl Krauspe, Dawn Kuefler, Peter Kuefler, Mark Lund, James Schnaitman, Larry Schramm, Grayce Seablom, James Staley, Rebecca Staley and Robert Weihofen.

Please thank these neighbors and friends, as you are out and about this holiday season, for caring enough to give the gift of life.

Also, a thank you to Auxliary volunteers Carrie Petrie and Helen Johnson. A special thank you to the American Legion Post 630 for the use of their building to make this special event possible.

Please mark your calendars for the next drive, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. No appointment needed. We’d love to see you there. Happy holidays.

Kay Swift
Elburn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 630

Letter: Elburn Leo Club helps serve veterans

The Elburn Leo Club recently served a Veterans Day dinner for our local veterans, and provided 86 care packages for veterans currently receiving treatment at the Hines VA Hospital.

The Elburn Leo Club is an extension of the Elburn Lions Club. We are a youth group of service-minded individuals ranging in age from 13-18 years old. We also have junior Leo Club members ranging in age from 8-12 years old. Our mission is to make a difference through leadership, experience and opportunity.

We are continuing with our appreciation to veterans by adopting a platoon of approximately 300 Navy sailors. We need your help with this service project to benefit the deployed troops. We are seeking donations of products, as well as cash donations to help offset the expenses associated with purchasing and shipping the items requested. Donations will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 31.

We are seeking donations of the following items: coffee grounds or Keurig pods, single flavor packets for water bottles, candy, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, Ream’s Elburn Market beef jerky and sausage sticks (set them know it is for the troops so they can package it properly), etc.

If you will be making a cash donation, please make checks payable to Elburn Leo Club.

We also would like to send well wishes from home and support for their service. Please consider writing a letter with words of encouragement and support for the troops. We will enclose the personal letters with the care packages to show our appreciation for their service and dedication to our country. Mail donations and letters to: Elburn Leo Club, Attn: Pam Hall, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, IL 60119.

Call (630) 365-6315 to make arrangements to drop off donations at Elburn Lions Community Park (500 Filmore St., Elburn).

To learn more about our group, visit www.elburnlions.com or email pamh@elburnlions.com.

Pam Hall
Elburn Lions Club president,
Elburn Leo Club advisor

Letter: Illinois public schools achieve despite challenges

As the leaders of organizations representing public school administrators, principals, teachers and school board members in Illinois—the education professionals and the people working on the front lines in our public schools—we feel it is important to respond to the recent “report card” issued by the private group Advance Illinois.

While we agree with Advance Illinois that we need to continue to strive to improve public education, we do not agree that an arbitrary “grade” of C- is an accurate depiction of what is going on in our public schools and, as such, it inappropriately erodes public support for education.

More than half of Illinois schools serve concentrations of at least 40 percent disadvantaged students, up from 35 percent 10 years ago, and the report notes “in the face of this demographic shift, Illinois’ academic performance improved modestly in the core subjects of reading and math” across all demographic and economic groups. The report states that Illinois has improved its national ranking as other states facing similar demographic change declined.

Included in the data but never mentioned publicly is this fact: When it comes to the percentage of students demonstrating college readiness on all four benchmarks on the ACT test, Illinois was No. 1 among the nine states in the nation that administered the ACT to all of its graduating class of 2012. It’s apples to oranges to compare Illinois with states where the test is mostly taken only by college-bound students, but even compared to that group Illinois ranked 12th in the nation.

The U.S. Department of Education released its graduation report just last week for the 2010-11 school year, and Illinois ranked 10th nationally with a graduation rate of 84 percent, just 4 percent from the top spot.

We would be the first to say that we must improve on closing the achievement gaps in Illinois. Having said that, the new federal report showed that, with regard to graduation rate, Illinois ranked eighth for Black and African American students (74 percent), seventh for Hispanic/Latino students (77 percent), seventh for White students (89 percent), 11th for Limited English Proficient students (68 percent) and ninth for Economically Disadvantaged students (75 percent).

This has been achieved despite the fact that Illinois ranks at or near the bottom in the nation in state funding for education, and has suffered an 11 percent cut in General State Aid and a 42 percent cut in transportation funding in the past three years.

We agree with Advance Illinois on many of the issues facing public education, such as the value of a strong Early Education program and the fact that the growing poverty problem is one of the biggest issues facing public education. We hope that the education reform package and Common Core Standards will be thoughtfully implemented to support, not just rank, principals and teachers so that teaching and learning improve.

Regardless of the arbitrary grade we are given, or even if we rank No. 1 in a particular category—as we do in the percentage of the graduating class of 2012 that meets all four ACT benchmarks for college readiness—we know we have more to do. As the names at the bottom of this letter attest, administrators, principals, teachers and school board members jointly remain committed to improving the quality of education for the children of our state.

Dr. Brent Clark
Executive Director
Illinois Association of School Administrators

Dr. Michael A. Jacoby
Executive Director
Illinois Association of
School Business Officials

Jason Leahy
Executive Director
Illinois Principals Association

Roger L. Eddy
Executive Director
Illinois Association of School Boards

Cinda Klickna
President
Illinois Education Association

Daniel J. Montgomery
President
Illinois Federation of Teachers

Letter: A thank you from the Pazin family

We would like to thank the greatest family, neighbors, friends and strangers for their thoughts and prayers through this most difficult time these past weeks. It means so much to us.

As far as our daughter Erin, we are thankful she is here with us today. We know that faith, hope, love, time and, of course, the continued prayers and support we have received, will be the only thing to get her through this.

And most of all, please continue to keep Zach’s father and mother, Mike and Dee Dee Bingham, in your prayers.

May God bless Zach. We love you and we will miss you.

Barry, Patty, Julia, Shannon and,
most of all, Erin Pazin

Letter: Disagrees with Kaneland tax levy resolution

Susan Ericson, director of tax extension for the Kane County Clerk Office, recently indicated that she and her staff employ almost the exact 4.3 percent formula, as stated by Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, Kaneland assistant superintendent for business, to determine 2012 tax extensions.

I find Ericson’s office to be fair, high degree of integrity, and honorable in deployment of their duties to all entities within our community—taxpayers and districts alike.

Now comes Kaneland District 302 tax levy resolution of Oct. 29, 2012. This document requests a capped levy/extension of $42,004,470, which equates to an 8.62 percent increase from 2011.

Without much analysis, it is easy for the reader to see 8.62 percent is twice Dr. Fuchs’ estimate of 4.3 percent, and well above the 5 percent PTELL Cap. This resolution will also raise my District 302 Personal Property Tax Bill by 11.8 percent, or a little less than triple the 4.3 percent quoted. My 2011 District 302 tax extension presently represents 71 percent of my total Personal Property Tax Bill.

Such disparity of quoted targets to taxpayers vs. actual ending levied dollars must damage the envelope of trust and integrity expected of Kaneland public officials and education administrators. Only the deployment of unlawful taxation techniques of “manual override” and “balloon” can account for such (“we must maximize”) variation.

The deployment of such logic toward taxation, impact fees, intergovernmental agreements and bonding now begs the question of what other elements of public education administration are being manipulated beyond inflationary normalcy? What impact does it have on small business and jobs within our community? A person or families living on fixed incomes cannot absorb such gouging of the taxpayer.

Request: Reduce Kaneland School Board of Education’ Tax Levy Resolution of Oct. 29, 2012, to the quoted 4.3 percent overall increase in total taxes due. Stop exorbitant hedging of the taxation system.

Jerry Elliott
Aurora

Letter: Kick off your holiday season with the Elburn Christmas Stroll

Start your holiday season off by attending the annual Elburn Christmas Stroll on Dec. 7, hosted by The Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

The stroll will consist of a number of Elburn businesses participating by having activities at their establishment for the holiday season. The Elburn and Countryside Community Center will host the Holiday Bazaar and a silent wreath auction. Many business located in the community center are also putting on special events, such as Kandyland, hot chocolate stations, Santa Train and much more.

During the stroll, you can find Santa at the Elburn Town and Country Public Library for a photo.

Visit www.elburn.com for a map of all the activities. For more information, call (630) 365-2295 or email info@elburn.com.

Jamie Jump
Chamber office administrator

Letter: A thank you from the Elburn Fire Department

The Elburn Fire Department would like to thank our community for the support shown last weekend at our annual food drive. With your help we collected a truck full of food.

As the holiday season continues, we will offer food drop-off locations at Elburn Fire Station No. 1, 210 E. North St. (630) 365-6855, and No. 2, 39w950 Hughes Road (630) 262-9911.

If residents are not able to get out and need a pick-up, please contact either station and we will do our best to pick up your donation. All items collected will be taken to the Elburn Food Pantry.

Matt Hanson
Lieutenant, Elburn Fire Department

Letter: Kane County recycling extravaganza a ‘thundering success’

The Kane County recycling event on Nov. 10, in celebration of America Recycles Day, was a thundering success. Close to 150,000 pounds (an equivalent of 75 tons or 10 semi-trucks full) of material was collected for reuse and recycling from over 1,600 residents throughout the six-hour event.

Materials brought in for reuse and recycling included: five semi-trucks of electronics and scrap metal; two box trucks of shredded documents; a 20-foot roll-off of latex paint, one semi-truck each of styrofoam and books; 57 bikes; two wheel chairs; lots of crutches; a large box truck of clothes, shoes, hats, and toys; an SUV-full of reusable office and school supplies, and a few musical instruments.

The free confidential document shredding service was hugely popular, with over 17,000 pounds of paper shredded and recycled.

There will be another event in the spring, so if you didn’t make this one, keep your eye on the Kane County Recycles website, www.countyofkane.org/pages/recycling, for the April event announcement.

Jennifer Jarland
Recycling coordinator, Kane County

Letter: A thank you to Kaneville residents

Thanks to everyone in Kaneville who has contacted Rep. Randy Hultgren to ask for assistance in our campaign against the 50 percent reduction in window service in our Kaneville Post Office, which USPS has proclaimed will take place some time in 2013. We have been met with much impatience by the congressman’s staff, who told one visitor to the Geneva Office that our congressman “is busy with bigger issues,” and seems to feel that our letters, calls and visits do not warrant a response of any kind.

So now we are taking our campaign to the U.S. Postmaster General, and to the Central Illinois District office of the USPS. We are also asking Kaneville residents to send letters to our two senators.

Please stop in to the Purple Store (Hill’s Country Store) in Kaneville and pick up a copy of our suggested letter. Add your own comments and send this letter to all four addresses. It is imperative that we make our voices heard. The issues and points raised at the USPS town meeting in Kaneville on Nov. 1 were not properly conveyed to the powers that be: reducing the service hours in Kaneville will result in insignificant savings because our overhead costs are extremely low and will simply be moved to other less-efficient offices; that the township provides space, utilties and buildout at minimal cost, and the USPS is taking our community funds to support other operations; that the Kaneville office has special needs due to the way that mail is addressed; that we are a growing community in a large population county, and more.

Kaneville is a small but strong community, and we have shown strong financial support and community support for the post office. It will be impossible for the post office to provide mail service and counter service in our office with only four window hours.

Join us in asking for further review of our unique situation, for six window hours, if not eight window hours, per day, and for an extension of our full eight hours of window service until the end of 2013, with a review at that time.

Let’s not take a cynical action. Our voices can be heard.

Joann Murdock
Kaneville

Letter: Consider chiropractic treatment

Earlier this year Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls injured his lower back and missed quite a few games without finding any pain relief. He finally received chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor in Bannockburn, Ill., and received great benefit. More recently, Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, suffered a severe concussion prior to the 2012 NHL playoffs. Without finding relief, he went to the Carrick Institute at Life Chiropractic University in Merietta, Ga., where he was treated by a chiropractic neurologist. He stated he is “feeling really good now” and the treatment got him “back to ground zero.”

As a doctor of chiropractic who has practiced over 30 years in Elburn, I am very happy with these results. My only regret is that I did not get a chance to treat either of these gentlemen in my own office.

On behalf of the thousands of chiropractic physicians who provide effective care on a daily basis to the citizens of Illinois, it would behoove many patients to strongly consider chiropractic care as a first choice, even for conditions that are not associated with the spine.

It is my great hope that both of these athletes can now surpass these injuries and be able to excel at the pinnacle of their sports.

Dr. Kenneth Baumruck, D.C.
Elburn Chiropractic and Accupuncture

Letter: Sugar Grove Food Pantry Holiday Book and Toy Drive

It is holiday time once again. In an effort to help the many struggling local families here in our community, we are doing a Holiday Book and Toy Drive to help alleviate the financial stress that is associated with this time of year.

All parents and grandparents would like an opportunity to provide for their loved ones during the holidays, and our efforts should help them.

Please drop an unwrapped new toy or book for children of the ages of birth to 18 years of age. The pantry has needs for children of all ages.

Six locations are available for drop off. For more information on these locations, email patdangraceffa@msn.com. A box will be provided for dropping off items between Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Dec. 7.

Thank you in advance for your help in making these local families’ holiday a tiny bit brighter. All items will be dropped off at the pantry by Sunday, Dec. 9.

Pat Graceffa
Sugar Grove

Letter: Corn Boil Committee shares proceeds with local organizations

All the bills have been paid, the seed money for the 2012 event is banked, and the committee is pleased to share the proceeds with local organizations.

The Sugar Grove Corn Boil Committee is proud to be able to give back $13,700 into the community after a successful event this summer. On Oct. 18, 2012, Corn Boil President Jean Lindsey presented the donations to a variety of community organizations. The Corn Boil meeting and presentation ceremony was held at the Sugar Grove Senior Center on Snow Street in Sugar Grove.

This year, we’re pleased to recognize and present a financial donation to the following organizations: Between Friends Food Pantry Big Rock Park District, Calvary West Church, Clown Ministry, Elburn Boy Scouts Troop No. 7, John Shields Elementary School, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Kaneland Drum Core, Kaneland First Responders, St. Katharine Drexel Church, Sugar Grove American Legion No. 127, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove Historical Society, Sugar Grove Lion Club Fireworks, Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Township Senior Center, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Sugar Grove Veteran’s Park, Village Bible Church of Sugar Grove and West Town Human Services Network.

The next Sugar Grove Corn Boil will mark the 46th anniversary of this annual event. Please support your community by helping to plan this special event in 2013. Beginning in January, the Sugar Grove Corn Boil meetings will be held the third Thursday of every month. The Corn Boil is a volunteer-run community event, featuring three family-friendly and fun-filled days.

For more information about the 2012 Corn Boil, visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Fairel Rank
Fairel Anne Design, Ltd.

Letter: Supporting Pierog for Illinois Senate District 25

I am writing to encourage people in the Illinois Senate District 25 to vote for Corinne Pierog. Corinne is a resident of St. Charles and serves on the St. Charles School Board. She also is a local businesswoman, as well as the founder and president of Sustainable Leadership Solutions, a consulting company that advises nonprofits and government agencies on fundraising, management, economic development and executive transitioning.

As a School Board member, Corinne is of course an advocate for our schools, but as a businesswoman, she also knows what it’s like to start up a business. She understands the problems facing our economy. That’s why her main reason for running is to put people back to work. Some of her solutions include providing tax incentives for small businesses—not just large corporations—and providing help to schools, colleges and training facilities so they can better educate our residents for existing jobs and those of the future. She wants to bring manufacturing plants back to Illinois, and encourage research and development institutions to locate here.

Corinne is not a “politician.” She is a local businesswoman who wants to work to fix the problems in Springfield. She cares. That’s why I am giving her my vote.

Chuck Sutcliff
Yorkville

Letter: A loving thank you

A loving thank you to Deanna, Bob and Bailey Cates, and Kathryn and Herbert Moeckel, for making our 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 20, 2012, an unexpected surprise with loving memories that we will always cherish.

Also, a thank you to all who sent cards and wishes on our special day.

Charles and Joan Gregg
G-ma and G-pa, and many friends of
near and far
Elburn

Letter: In response to SG Board’s decision regarding video gaming

In response to the Sugar Grove Village Board’s decision to table video gaming, all I have to say is this: I am a veteran and a legionnaire, and we saved this country’s fanny. Now the board says we can’t have any enjoyment.

As far as gambling is concerned, very little of it goes on with these machines. However, they pay taxes. The establishment couldn’t pay the taxes if not for these machines.

If it wasn’t for us vets, you might not even have a country.

This decision will kill the Sugar Grove Legion. Now they won’t be able to pay their taxes.

Gilbert Nickels
Elburn

Letter: A thank you to Drew Frasz

I would like to take the time to publicly thank Kane County Board member Drew Frasz for his help and support of our community. I serve as a member of the Rob Roy Drainage District No. 2 in southern Kane County, as well as the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District’s Board of Trustees.

As an engaged member of our village, I have witnessed first-hand the tireless efforts of Drew as he helped our community solve a decade’s old water and drainage issue with the support of the Kane County Board and Water Resources Department.

Drew stood up for the “little guy,” the taxpayer, the members of our community.

I can think of no finer representative for the people of his district.

Thank you, Drew, for all of your help!

Michael J. Fagel
Sugar Grove

Letter: Senate candidate Pierog supports tax relief

People today are struggling to find jobs, to pay bills, to keep their homes. When they are hit with high real estate taxes, it can put them under water. Many residents in District 25 are faced with this problem. They need relief.

Illinois is ranked as the seventh-highest property taxed state, and Kendall County is the 24th-highest taxed county in the nation. In order to address this tax burden, Illinois needs to rebalance the revenue it receives from property, sales and state income taxes. It also needs to look at ways to save tax dollars. One place to start: cut the number of taxing bodies within the state. Illinois has more local governmental units than any other state—6,994. This can lead to duplication of services and higher property tax bills.

However, the primary recipient of local property tax dollars is our public schools. There are over 800 school districts in Illinois, and 50 of them rely on the state for more than 60 percent of their funding. In 2013, lawmakers cut the level of the state’s contribution from 92 percent to only 89 percent of the $6,119 that is mandated per student.

Illinois ranks 49 out of 50 in its level of funding support for public education. Education funding can either support or slam the door on our residents’ economic futures. We’ve been promising to repair the way Illinois funds its schools for over a generation.

It is now time to live up to our pledge.

Corinne M. Pierog
Democratic candidate for Illinois State Senate District 25

Letter: Kentucky coroner supports Tao Martinez

This coming November, the citizens of Kane County have an important decision to make in determining whom they want to be their coroner.

The coroner’s position is not to be taken lightly; the coroner needs to be honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable and willing to learn. The coroner also needs to be understanding and compassionate. I have been a coroner in Kentucky for 20 years, (as well as) past president of Kentucky Coroner Association and regional director of Kentucky Mass Incident Response Team. I have dealt with Tao Martinez on a professional and personal level. I believe he has all the qualities it takes to make your county a great coroner. He has a wiliness to learn and a compassion for people that is second to none.

I endorse Tao Martinez for Kane County Coroner.

Mitchell Lee
Marshall County Coroner, Kentucky

Letter: Mental illness not funny

As the Halloween season approaches, I would like to make a request on the behalf of all the families in our Kane County area that have experienced a mental illness in their family life: Please do not use or promote the image of someone who is mentally ill as a costume character.

The image of a straight-jacketed or ax-wielding “mad” man or woman only contributes to the inaccurate portrayal of those with mental illness. Horror houses, which use such characters, add to this myth. These images are hurtful and add to the stigma suffered by those with mental illness. This stigma often results in delay in getting needed treatment for their illness.

Most mental illness is caused by a biological chemical imbalance in the brain. Mental illness is a disease, just like cancer or diabetes. Would you favor an image or character that makes fun of those diseases? I would hope not. It also perpetuates the myth that all mentally ill persons are dangerous. Statistically, persons with mental illness are much more likely to be victims of crime, rather than the perpetrators of it.

Lastly, these images also convince people that having a mental illness is hopeless. The facts show that most mental illnesses can be successfully treated. Treatment works for the great majority of people.

So please, no raving or drooling “maniacs” this Halloween. You could be making fun of a neighbor or relative. Please stick to vampire fangs and werewolf hair and have a good time this Halloween.

Jerry J. Murphy
Chair, Kane County Mental Health Council