Speak Out: Property taxes here are preposterous
May 14, 2012 5:44PM
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Updated: June 16, 2012 8:12AM
Preposterous property taxes: I cannot believe what Illinois charges people in the Chicago area for real estate taxes, especially the $7,000 to $12,000 a year. Yikes! To stop Illinois from taking your house, that’s $700 to $1,000 a month. I come from Colorado Springs. I paid $700 for a 1,700-square-foot home on two acres. That’s $60 a month. Why do you let this happen? I don’t understand. I’m disappointed about moving here, and I don’t think I’m going to buy a house here. It’s way too expensive.
Comment on occupiers movement: The Occupy Wall Street movement was against the inequities of wealth distribution in the United States. I hope it inspires people to address other inequities in American life. Growing up, I was a victim of unfair children’s television programming. I call upon others to join me in righting this wrong and occupy “Sesame Street.”
Unable to wing by on Wing Street: I want to know when the Elgin police are going to enforce their signs along Wing Street by Illinois Park Elementary School. The signs say no parking, no stopping and no standing. However, every school day, one lane of Wing Street turns into a parking lot for at least 30 minutes because of parents stopping in the outside lane to pick up their kids. If you also have been stopped and realized that the lane is not moving because of drivers disobeying the law, call the Elgin police and voice your concerns. Since last year, the number of vehicles doing this has increased.
Discussion on concussions: Just a thought to all of the people who wonder enthusiastically if this football concussion thing will lead to other issues. Think about the boxing profession. Boom, boom, boom — pounding on the head all the time. I haven’t heard of a large amount of suicides by boxers.
Reason for R-rating: I applaud Charlestowne Theaters for keeping kids out of R-rated movies, but there’s something I don’t understand about any theater. Why should kids between the ages of 6 and 16 be in an R-rated movie anyway just because their parents are stupid enough to take them in there? The whole point of an R-rated movie is that it’s not appropriate for someone that age. But, hey, if Mom wants to bring them, there’s no problem.
Expounding on expo: The outdoor fish tank was the best thing at the Green Expo in Elgin. The so-called farmer’s market was a real sham. The other good thing about the expo was the city of Elgin booths, but on Friday, they weren’t staffed. The booths themselves made some sense, but there wasn’t anyone there to talk about them.