Updated: December 20, 2012 6:14AM
Something stinks in West Dundee, and we’re having to pay for it
Do you live in West Dundee? Does your tap water taste bad or smell worse than usual? Do you and your clothes smell like your tap water and won’t get soft no matter how much water softener you use in the laundry or put in your water softening system?
Then write to Joe Cavallaro, village manager, and the village trustees at the West Dundee Village Hall or at JCavallaro@WDundee.org and demand the village lower your water rate or provide bottled drinking water for the 60-90 days it will take the village to lower the level of hydrogen sulfide coming from Well No. 5 at the Angle Tarn well.
The village acknowledges it causes an odor issue but remains safe to drink. The village is working to add ozone treatment to Well No. 1 in the Old Town area or at the Angle Tarn well as a POTENTIAL solution; however, that won’t be effective “until the next warm weather season.”
The village says it is not willing to reduce water rates or provide a credit as a response to the residents having to live with this substandard quality of water for the 60-90 days they estimate to have Well No. 1 back in service because “your address is the only one in the Old Town area that they have received a complaint of poor water quality.”
We residents pay enough for our water and other village services through our taxes and water bills and should not be treated this off-handedly. I’m sure Cavallaro and the trustees would like to hear from the people who vote them into office. Don’t forget, there is another election coming up in a few months.
Alan E. Snopek
Grateful to people voting to OK constitutional advisory question
Thank you to all in Kane County who voted for the advisory question on Nov. 6 that called to amend the Constitution to limit the use of corporate, special-interest and private money in any political activity, including influencing the election of any candidate for public office.
The majority of voters in Kane County voted “yes” for the advisory question (74.3 percent). People voted “yes” to show their disgust at the enormous amounts of money in politics that corrupt our government through the richest among us buying influence from our politicians. It is projected that $6 billion will have been spent on all federal elections in 2012.
No matter what party we belong to, most ordinary citizens are united in their disapproval of unlimited, vast amounts of money being spent on elections. The Supreme Court’s decision — called Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — of Jan. 10, 2010, allows for corporations, millionaires, billionaires and unions to give unlimited amounts of money to super PACs.
How does this hurt us? It allows the corporations and super rich to be all-powerful over the vulnerable and people who do ordinary things such as buying cellphones, taking medicine, protecting their kids and trying to earn a decent wage in order to take care of their family.
As citizens of the United States, we are so proud to be living in a democracy; but the Supreme Court’s decision is allowing the moneyed interests to buy the United States of America.
Illinois must join Montana, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland in calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will rid our country of this undemocratic decision.