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Speak Out: Flaws in concealed weapons law

Flaws in concealed weapons law: I see six people were shot (April 11) between 3:40 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It seems to me that the concealed weapons law is now bearing fruit in Illinois. I think the most interesting comments lately in regards to the …

Speak Out: Pointless to focus on saving seconds

Saving seconds: I was reading a magazine article about how you can save seconds in your life. If a person needs to save seconds in their life because he or she is so busy, it’s time to slow down. Instead of looking down at the …

Speak Out: Act like responsible adults

Act like responsible adults: In my opinion, the sex era has gone as far as it should go. When it starts affecting middle school children, it’s time for adults to start acting responsible. Yes, we all have sexual desires after a certain age, but it …

Speak Out: Stand up for America

Stand up for America: My comment is that our country is going down the drain faster than ever. It was in the paper that the United States sent warships and missile carriers over to Japan to protect Japan against North Korea. We already have two …

Speak Out: Upset about Kane pay hikes

Salary hike gripe: I’m upset about the Kane County Board members giving (executive directors) salary increases. In the story, it said they started researching the salary increases months ago. Was it right after they imposed increased sales taxes? A short while ago, they were begging …

Speak Out: No more grocery stores

No more grocery stores: I have a question for Elgin City Hall. Why are we going to have four grocery stores on Golf Road between Waverly and Hiawatha, which is probably just a mile? We have Jewel, the Elgin Fresh Market, Aldi and now they’re …

Some help in fight against heroin

There has been a lot of discussion lately in Kane County and elsewhere on the use of naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opioid overdoses such as from heroin or morphine. In Illinois, it has been legal since 2010 for non-medical persons …

Speak Out: Need new conservative member on U46 board

Note about Napolitano: I’m very sorry to see the loss of the only conservative member on the School District U46 board, Frank Napolitano. He was the only one who was fiscally responsible. They still spend tax money like they have it. Their tax base is …

Speak Out: Differentiate between wants and needs

Wants and needs: This is a fantasy dream. If only everyone would learn it is their own responsibility to take care of themselves. Live within their own income level. Take charge of their own expenses. Wouldn’t it be a much more beautiful world? The only …

Speak Out: Perturbed about potholes

Perturbed about potholes: I would like to know what is wrong with the guys who work for the city of Elgin when they fill the potholes. They come by and put one little, bitty, tiny shovel full into a hole and then they leave. The …

Berliner: Six ways to keep engine running smoothly

I am heavily into servant leadership, convinced that it is by far the best style of leadership. Proponents somewhat differ on what characteristics and behaviors make for successful servant leaders, but they all agree that the function should focus on the word “serve.” Serve is …

Speak Out: Take a stance for tolerance

Take a stance for tolerance: I’ve been hearing a lot about the Mexicans this and the Mexicans that. I understand it on one hand, but on the other hand, we should practice a little tolerance. Let’s not forget that Indians, now called Native Americans, were …

Speak Out: Shop and Share is open

Shop and Share open: In response to a previous Speak Out question, the resale store, Shop and Share, is still in business at 76 S. Grove Ave. in Elgin. The entrance is in the walkway between South Grove and the Fox River. The hours are …

Truth is, tax woes in Illinois seem to be permanent

In his annual budget address to the General Assembly last month, Gov. Pat Quinn stated without wavering, “I was elected in 2010 to be straight with the people of Illinois, and to be straight with you.” The truth he is referencing here is that he …

Speak Out: Don’t bitch about the rich

Don’t bitch about the rich: I wish some people would get their facts straight before they blame the rich for everything wrong in this country. Some rich were born with silver spoons in their mouths, but many were not. They worked hard and worked their …