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Letter: $30 million Forest Preserve bonds: a ‘bargain’ for whom?

The Kane County Forest Preserve District is asking voters to pass a referendum for $30 million in bonds to add still more land to its control.

Area newspapers have been flooded with letters from members of environmental and conservation groups promoting this referendum. A recent newspaper article quoted the District President John Hoscheit as saying that now is the time to ask for a referendum and subsequent tax increase because at this time, land is “on sale.” But, is this really a “bargain?” Consider the following:

1. By its own figures, the Kane Forest Preserve District currently holds 18,572 acres of land. This is approximately 6 percent of all land in the county, and includes a baseball stadium, a skating rink and several golf courses—none of which have anything to do with “preserving forests.”

2. Every acre held by the district is an acre off the tax rolls. This means each property owner must make up a portion of that missing tax appropriation, plus the additional amount needed to pay for lands bought with this referendum. This is not a “one-time, 20-year referendum” as Mr. Hoscheit claims, but a forever cost to those paying property taxes.

3. In addition to the cost of the referendum and the cost of property owners to make up the tax revenue lost by removal of additional land from the tax rolls, we must add the cost of property maintenance equipment and the buildings needed to house it, cost of salaries, insurance and pensions for additional employees the district must hire to maintain and patrol these new properties, and for any additional administrative personnel the district may choose to hire to oversee it.

As with the cost of obtaining the land itself, these will be forever costs, which those who must pay taxes on their property will be forced to support.

We are asked to approve this referendum at a time when home foreclosures in Kane County are at record levels. Despite Mr. Hoscheit’s claims, purchase of additional land by the Forest Preserve District cannot be seen as a “bargain” under current economic conditions. For him to make such a statement, and for the district to ask for $30 million at this time, is the ultimate example of government disdain for the financial crises confronting taxpayers in Kane County.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: In defense of the Second Amendment

A letter by a Kaneland High School senior in the Dec. 30 issue of the Elburn Herald requires a reply. Here are a few points on the wisdom of private ownership of firearms, as guaranteed by our Constitution Second Amendment.

The young lady believes that possession of a gun, legally or illegally, almost guarantees that person will kill someone. She says it is “unnecessary” for anyone to own a gun. It is “unnecessary” for anyone to own a Corvette, too; hundreds of people have been killed in them. But should Corvettes be made illegal because a few have been misused?

She believes “only people with authority should have guns.” This was the law in Communist Russia and Nazi Germany, where those governments held all the firearms. Ask a refugee from the Soviet Union or a survivor of the Holocaust how that worked for the benefit of the public. Our Second Amendment was drafted to protect the people from just such a perversion of government authority. The Second Amendment isn’t there just to protect the right to hunt ducks.

Several years ago, the Chicago Sun-Times printed a study reporting percentages of Illinois firearm owners cards held in the several Chicago-area collar counties. The highest percentages were in towns in western Kane County. That’s right, Cheryl—right here … over 50 percent. Coincidentally, these were towns with the lowest crime rates. I asked a long-time Elburn police chief and life-long resident about this fact. He replied, “Why do you think criminals don’t come here? Do you think an over 50 percent chance of being shot committing a burglary isn’t a deterrent?”

What anti-gun people don’t understand is that gun ownership by citizens makes the whole community safer from crime, because the criminal does not know who is armed and who is not. His choice? To pursue his criminal career in a place where guns are illegal; a place where honest, law-abiding people have surrendered their weapons, naively believing the police can protect all of them all of the time.

If you don’t feel safe living here, I suggest you move to a city where you will feel safe—a city with strict anti-gun laws; a city where no private citizens can own a gun, therefore where no one ever gets shot. I suggest Chicago, Detroit, New York City or Washington D.C. And because you will want your new neighbors to feel safer with you living near them, place this big sign on your door: “this is a gun-free home.” Your neighbors will indeed be safer, because your house will be the first one the criminals will hit.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

We need a real recall amendment, not the one on the Nov. 2 ballot

The Illinois ballot Nov. 2 contains a referendum to add a Recall Amendment to the Illinois Constitution.

Considering one of this state’s last two elected governors is in prison, and his successor is on trial, and if convicted, will also go from the State House to the “big house,” few can deny the need to add a recall provision to this state’s Constitution.

However, the proposed recall amendment on the November ballot is flawed, and is purposely drafted to be flawed, because it is a cynical attempt by the current Illinois legislature to circumvent the public’s intent. It is engineered to thwart the public’s attempt to recall an errant politician by forcing any such recall attempt to go through the legislature before being submitted to the voters.

This proposed recall provision will not allow the voters to even circulate any recall petition unless we get a signed “permission slip” from 30 legislators, 15 of them from the governor’s own party. The reality is, that until the moment he was arrested, there weren’t even close to 15 legislators from Rod Blagojevich’s party who would have signed such a permission slip. If we couldn’t have recalled Rod Blagojevich with it, what good is it? This is worse than no recall at all, because it lets politicians get away with claiming to give us a recall while they maintain the status quo of the flawed 1970 Illinois Constitution.

We need a real recall amendment, not this cynical, ineffective political ploy. Vote no on this so-called “recall amendment” and begin working for a genuine, public empowering recall amendment.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: Frasz deserves our thanks

On Tuesday, May 11, members of the Kane County Board voted to remove the county ban on video poker machines in the unincorporated areas of the county. Western Kane County townships, including Big Rock, Blackberry, Campton, Kaneville, Sugar Grove and Virgil, comprise most of unincorporated Kane County.

The general attitude in the 10 townships of western Kane County opposes video gambling, but we are represented by only two members of the board. The other 24 board members represent the six Kane townships located along the Fox River. During the meeting, Elburn resident Jim MacRunnels noted that three of those river town board members have received campaign contributions from the pro-gambling interests, and he asked them to recuse themselves from voting.

I won’t take the space here to list how all board members voted. However, I will note the votes of three:

Bob Kudlicki of Hampshire, one half of our two-member representation on the board, voted for video gambling in November, and again on May 11.

Drew Frasz, the other half of the western Kane townships’ two-member representation on the County Board, stood up against immense pressure put upon him to vote no on placing video gambling machines in our neighborhoods.

Mike Kenyon, board member who is also chairman of the Kane County Republican Party, voted for video gambling on May 11. This is the same Mike Kenyon, who, in 2008, was a member of the Illinois GOP Platform Committee that opposed any expansion of gambling in this state.

Thank you, Drew Frasz, for voicing our concerns and defending your friends and neighbors against the pressures of the County Board and other outside interests.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: Will you vote for Sean?

The Primary Election race for the 25th Illinois Senatorial District is between Chris Lauzen and Sean Michels, the village president of Sugar Grove since 1999.

I ask each Republican voter in this election, a few questions:

To you in Mallard Point with wet feet: Will you vote for Sean Michels?

To you in Big Rock who had to fight a boundary dispute with Sugar Grove: Will you vote for Sean?

To Kaneville residents who had to incorporate your village to avoid being overrun by Sugar Grove development: Will you vote for Sean?

To you living in the areas between Interstate 88 and Main Street Road, which Sugar Grove has expressed a desire to annex: Will you vote for Sean?

To area motorists ticketed by Sugar Grove’s predatory police on routes 30 and 47: Will you vote for Sean?

To Virgil and Maple Park parents whose middle school kids must now be bussed to Harter Road and Route 47 because Sugar Grove’s development dream failed: Will you vote for Sean?

To all property owners in Kaneland School District whose taxes have risen due to Sugar Grove’s extravagant, tax-increasing residential development policies: Will you vote for Sean?

That’s my question to each Republican voter in this election.

Election day results will record your answer.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: In support of Keith Wheeler, Chris Lauzen

The Illinois Primary Election is nearly here. It has been a long campaign season, but it isn’t over until your vote is counted on Feb. 2.

Difficult times bring forth the people needed to correct problems. Never have I seen so many excellent new, young candidates willing to serve our state as have come forward this year with the new ideas, abundant energy, and strong moral backgrounds we need to return Illinois to its rightful place as one of our nation’s most prosperous states.

Keith Wheeler is one of these young men. Keith is founder and owner of a small business, a family man with two young sons who wants to rebuild Illinois into an economically strong state, a state which his sons are proud to call home. I know Keith and find him to be a quiet man of deep thought and great moral strength. Keith is the right choice to be our representative in the 50th District.

For Illinois Senate, Chris Lauzen continues to win my vote. Chris has been the moral voice of the Illinois Senate. He has suffered many attacks from Springfield insiders because he believes it is the right of Illinois’ taxpayers to expect honesty in state government.

Chris is that rare legislator who answers letters, e-mails and phone calls. He is truly “the people’s senator.” Please join me in re-electing Chris on Feb. 2.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: The current health care push is unconstitutional, and a disgrace

With the insistence of the president, Congress is attempting to authorize the government of these United States to insert itself between physicians and their patients, under the guise of “National Health Care.” Attempting to justify their actions, they point to the disastrous socialist medical plans of Canada, as well as Britain and other European countries as precedents for their action.

Talk of precedents, and precedents drawn from foreign countries? They don’t apply here. We have a written document, our Constitution, which is meant to constrain our national government from meddlesome actions just such as this. Its Fourth Amendment states the right of the people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches and seizures, yet is not the government’s desire to interfere in a citizen’s right to choose, or not choose, his own health care an infringement upon this Amendment?

The 10th Amendment states that powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. Nowhere in the Constitution can I find a clause delegating to the government of the United States the authority to meddle in the health concerns of an individual citizen.

As to the Democrat majority in Congress, I understand well those gentlemen are not free to vote otherwise. They are coerced by the power and authority of the Presidency. They attempt to ease their consciences by claiming this to be the will of the people, but we know that it has been done according to the dictate of the White House. President Obama himself, with that vast amount of political clout and media sycophancy he manipulates, and the many false expectations he is able to hold up, has obtained these votes despite public outcry, yet this is said to be “the voice of the people.”

The voice of the people? Can we ignore the voices, the thousands of meetings, the millions of letters, phone calls and e-mails in protest of this legislation? Is it any more constitutional simply because the president commands that it be done? How different is this from the conduct of kings, tyrants and dictators, such actions of which this nation was founded to escape?

And then, to perpetuate this action of the Senate, the passage of this “Health Care Bill,” in the gloom of night, and on Christmas Eve at that, when the very public they claim to serve is distracted by the celebration of the holiday, is the ultimate disgrace.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn

Letter: Reforms need to be passed

With only two weeks to go, still no action in the Illinois Legislature on the 34 needed reforms to state government proposed by the bipartisan Illinois Reform Commission. The delay has the appearance of the fate of past reforms: “Wait it out” until the Legislature recesses for the year, thus killing them.

Whether you are Republicans or Democrats, these needed reforms to clean up Illinois government will have a beneficial effect on your lives and your pocketbooks.

Time is getting short. To learn more, visit the Reform Commission’s website, www.reformillinois.org. Then call or e-mail state representatives Tim Schmitz and Kay Hatcher—Schmitz at (630) 845-9590, email ilrep49@sbcglobal.net; Hatcher at gophatcher@ameriyech.net. Tell them you want them to vote yes on the reform package.

Also, tell them you want them to vote yes on Senate Bill 600, to return to GOP voters the right to vote for Republican State Central Committeemen, a right already enjoyed by Democrat voters. The current Republican system to select Central Committeemen has allowed a group of rascals to control the Illinois GOP for over 20 years, and must be changed. Good government must begin at the party level.

Dennis C. Ryan
Secretary
Western Kane County
Republican Organization
Supporters of SB 600

Letter: Dirty campaign for Blackberry assessor election

The previous two issues of the Elburn Herald contained letters that prove that dirty politics aren’t confined to state or national elections.

In my 40 years as a voter, this election for Blackberry Township assessor is the most nasty campaign for a local government office that I have yet seen. The incumbent has run a clean campaign, but the same can’t be said for the supporters of his opponent.

It’s the oldest campaign trick in the book: The candidate stands aside while her partisans, themselves immune from retaliation, hurl insults and accusations at her opponent.

In the March 19 Elburn Herald, a politician who does not live in this township—who doesn’t even live in Kane County—attacks Mr. Rotter on ethics grounds, but fails to explain how he received the brochure in question when he doesn’t live anywhere near here. The brochure is an annual one prepared by the assessor to inform residents of this township of their rights to appeal and of how the process works. Every taxpayer wants transparency, and Mr. Rotter is one of the few assessors who have gone to great extent to provide it. Apparently, Mr. Friedrich of Kendall County doesn’t have enough to do in his own assessor re-election campaign, so he had decided to interfere in one here.

The March 26 Elburn Herald contained the letter that disgusted me enough to write this one. That letter, from a Blackberry Township resident, slanders Mr. Rotter’s service as a fireman, calling it a “conflict of interest” with his office as assessor. It is that letter which angered me and has caused me to write this one.

As a former firefighter of seven years’ service and an ambulance attendant for two, I take personal offense to this unfounded attack on the reputation of a fellow fireman, and consider it an attack on all firemen and public safety personnel. The duty of firefighters is the protection of lives and property, and in the heat of an emergency there is time for nothing else. A firefighter risks his life and health in the service of his community, yet Ms. Snow of Elburn claims an assessor being a firefighter is a “conflict of interest;” shame, shame.

Something dark and dirty is behind all of this. I think the machinery of Ms. Wilcox’s campaign is being operated by someone we do not see, for motives we do not know. This is an ugly campaign, and as I write this, I cannot know what additional slanders and accusations will be thrown at candidate Rotter in this issue of the Elburn Herald, but a pattern has been established in the past two Elburn Heralds that there will be more.

The best way to discourage ugly campaigns like this is not to reward them. Mr. Rotter, the foul campaign tactics used by the accomplices of your opponent have convinced me that you are the right person for the job.

Mr. Rotter, you have my vote.

Dennis C. Ryan
Elburn