Speak Out: Glad for prison sentence in dog abuse case
June 10, 2012 4:24PM
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Updated: July 12, 2012 6:05AM
Punishment for dog abuser: I am very pleased that Phillip Rinn of Aurora was sentenced to jail. I’m so glad he is in jail. I only wish his sentence was longer than one year.
A time for reverence instead of races: Memorial Day is a day set aside to pay respect to those military people who defended our nation during peace and war. This is not the day for foot races. I’m very thankful to the individuals who decided to move the race to another day other than Memorial Day. Please bear in mind that when races were held on Memorial Day, it was difficult to get around town to attend various ceremonies to pay respect to those who served this country.
Protect youth against drugs and alcohol: I see where Illinois is trying to pass a new bill about heroin dealers that includes flavored tobacco wraps, saying that they are targeted to kids because they are flavored. But I guess somehow flavored alcohol, like peach schnapps and lime-flavored beer, wouldn’t possibly have any attraction to kids, would it?
Memorial Day is for remembering veterans: The people who want to put the races back on Memorial Day evidently don’t attend any of the functions on the day that is to honor the veterans and the many others who died for our country.
Kudos to leaf program: This is in response to the recent Speak Outs about leaf pickup fees in Elgin. They might not appreciate what it is now, but before the change, we lived in a part of Elgin where we were paying for leaf pickup although they were not picking up the leaves. I appreciate the way it’s done now.
Review leaf pickup program: It seems ridiculous to have an additional charge for leaf pickup. The issue really needs to be reviewed. Homeowners should bag leaves and place them at the curb for trash pickup.
Doubts about Medicare decision: Our governor and legislators have made tough choices regarding Medicare and keeping it viable in Illinois. Tough choices? They take away Medicare benefits for the needy and give tax property breaks to not-for-profit hospitals like Sherman Hospital, that megalopolis that people in Kane County are sick of going to because you have to walk five miles every time you go to it. Nobody ever stated how much money it took to build Sherman Hospital. How much profit did Sherman Hospital make last year? It’s really disgusting that they didn’t make the hard choices. They simply gave breaks to people who lobbied for breaks. Those aren’t hard choices. It’s giving it to the rich and hurting the poor so they can get elected again. That’s what Illinois politicians have done for the last 100 years. Nothing has changed.
Correction on Speak Out: This is a correction on a Speak Out I made for Medicare card carriers. Just leave the last four numbers of your Social Security number. White out all the other numbers (on the copy of your card).