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Speak Out: Fireworks, electricity, Hultgren, Farnham

Elgin fireworks a hit — as good as anyone’s

To all of the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done, baloney! Elgin’s downtown fireworks display was the best that I have ever seen, bar none.

I’ve been to displays on the Fourth at Soldier Field when I was a kid, when they used to have stock car races there, and I’ve been to the display on the Fourth in conjunction with the Taste of Chicago. Elgin’s fireworks were every bit as good, if not better. From my vantage point, the rooftop of the townhomes across from Festival Park, I could see the fireworks from all of the surrounding towns. They paled in comparison to Elgin’s.

Congratulations to Ron Onesti for a great concert and to The city of Elgin, and the Grand Victoria Casino, you pulled it off. As far as I could tell, there weren’t any traffic problems afterwards, either.

Larry Judkins

Elgin

Choices for electricity aggregation in Elgin

I hope that Elgin will carefully consider the choices this year for electricity aggregation.

The past two years’ contract included 100 percent renewable energy at almost the same cost as ‘brown’ energy.

With increased demand for energy this past winter and with increased competition from natural gas, electrical energy prices have gone up.

This spring, Aurora was able to get 100 percent green energy at prices comparable to non-renewable with less than $.05 per kWh difference, within their price limit for staying green.

And they chose 100 percent wind energy from Illinois, adding to the jobs for Illinois people.

Since 2007, through environmental efforts, 20,000 renewable energy jobs were added to the Illinois economy and $117,000,000 was saved for Illinois electricity customers with aggregation whether renewable or not.

Call your City Council members and urge them to “GO Green” 100 percent renewable and with Illinois energy.

Sandra Kaptain

Elgin Green Groups and Sierra Club

Hultgren’s vote record not kind to animals

If you’re planning to vote for Randy Hultgren in November and also care about animals, you might want to reconsider.

Many residents in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District have no idea that their Congressman is the only elected official in Illinois who currently has a ZERO rating from The Humane Society (113 Humane Scorecard) for consistently taking anti-animal positions.

The most offensive of these positions is Hultgren’s support for the notorious King Amendment. Although ultimately defeated in Congress by those more compassionate, Hultgren nevertheless voted twice in support of this cruel, overreaching amendment.

While painful to describe, voters need to understand just how potentially destructive the King amendment is. In one fell swoop this amendment would eliminate laws that protect farm animals from spending their ENTIRE lives in containers (“cruel cages”) only slightly larger than their bodies. So small, these animals are unable to turn around or lie down. It threatened protection of puppies and dogs in puppy mills. It would upend state bans forbidding the sale of horses for slaughter for human consumption. You get the idea.

Sadly characteristic for Rep. Hultgren and far too many other politicians, support for the King Amendment was a nod to “Big Ag.”

Wouldn’t it be great if the people we elect to represent us not compromise our values? Values which for many of us include protecting animals from cruelty, enjoying an environment not contaminated with pesticides, and ensuring that farm workers aren’t turned into modern-day slaves.

How a person treats animals is a window into their true character. Are you really willing to vote for someone who voted for cruel cages? If Rep. Hultgren turned his back on animals before, would he do it again?

Politicians rarely change their character and Hultgren’s voting record clearly demonstrates his priorities are with the lobbyists and corporations.

Joni Lindgren

Elgin

Sparse media coverage of Illinois State Representative Keith Farnham’s child porn charges and hearing -

I am very disgusted by the sparse coverage of the court proceedings regarding Illinois State Rep Keith Farnham and the Child porn charges brought against him.

I am dumbfounded that the media has not, to my knowledge informed the public of the possible outcomes. For instance, if Farnham is successful in his plea-bargain attempt, will he receive his Illinois State Pension that is paid by Illinois tax-payers?

It is a shame that in this day and age when we call ourselves a “civilized” society, the only thing that really grabs people’s attention is the almighty dollar figure. So, for the sake of informative news, why doesn’t the media do a little research and let it’s readership know the dollar and cents amounts involved in the various scenarios?

Furthermore, does it seem to be a conflict of interest that Farnham’s wife is the one supervising him? Seriously, she obviously didn’t know what he was up to when he was allegedly trading child porn on his Illinois State owned computer, so what makes us think there is actually any accountability in this area?

I have contacted the office of Senator Michael Noland and was informed by his Staff that the Senator attempted to submit an article to the media, but it went unpublished. Too bad that this stopped the Senator.

I’m sure everyone will cite that justice is blind and the legal process will weigh all factors fairly. But try to tell me that the average Joe would be able to sit at home on a very modest bail and have his wife supervise his actions. I’m not buying it. And I’m also not buying all the health excuses he’s complaining about, I hope the Judge sees though Farnham.

The fact that Farnham isn’t “the average Joe”, but was elected and trusted by the People of Illinois makes my point so much more relevant. Illinois, the home of the most wanting to leave. And no wonder!

Mary Hoban-Martinez

Elgin

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