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Write-in vote for presidential candidate not counted?

Updated: December 30, 2012 3:36PM



Write-in vote for presidential candidate not counted?

I can’t help but ask why the Kane County Recorder’s Office shows zero votes for Virgil Goode as a write-in candidate for president. He was the Constitution Party candidate for president. I voted for him and I know others that did as well. Check the link for yourselves: www.kanecountyelections.org/ElectionResults/2012-11-06/cumulative.pdf.

I sent a note to their office via email right after this was posted but so far do not have an answer. Maybe they could share an answer with The Courier-News. I would like to see one. Or could it be that only the votes they want to count are counted?

Roy N. Voss

Elgin

Editor’s note: It appears your vote was indeed counted. We checked the Kane County Clerk’s Office elections website on Tuesday after the office had finished tallying absentee and provisional ballots. The Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer team received one write-in vote in Kane, according to the clerk’s office.

ECC recruiting host families for its Homestay Program

The Elgin Community College Homestay Program placed its first two students with a host family this fall. The program is designed to give international full-time students on an F-1 visa the opportunity to live with an American family for a predetermined time during their study at ECC.

The best way to create cultural understanding is to be exposed to different cultures. Both the student and the host family benefit. The student is immersed in American culture by participating in day-to-day activities, encouraged to improve his/her language through daily interactions, and has a home away from home. The host is able to learn about a new culture and play an active role in furthering the educational opportunities for our world’s youth. The student and host family often end up creating lifelong friendships.

ECC’s current homestay students are from China and appear to be adapting well to American culture. Living with a host family has given them the opportunity to visit multiple attractions in the local area and Chicago attractions; experience traditional Halloween festivities such as pumpkin carving and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters; and apple picking. The Homestay Program also offers activities to engage students and hosts.

We are currently recruiting host families who have an interest in wanting to learn from an international student and share their traditions and culture and contribute to global cultural awareness. To apply, please contact me by email at nescobar@elgin.edu or by phone at 847-214-7722.

Natalie Escobar

Coordinator III of International Student Services

Elgin Community College

Taxpayer backing of stadium a good catch for Marlins owner

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, after receiving taxpayer support for his shiny new stadium, cut payroll from $118 million to $30 million by completing a 12-player deal with the Blue Jays.

So, he will be able to stick about $100 million in his pocket. Obviously, he won’t return this money to the taxpayers in South Florida or significantly reduce ticket prices to draw new fans. And he apparently has no desire to add expensive talent to the team after just dumping salaries.

Once again, we see the folly of taxpayers supporting rich owners of sports teams to enable them to build or refurbish their stadiums. That money is never returned when they sell or move the teams. And like the Marlins and the Cubs, the owners don’t really care about the quality of the team or the expectations and/or support of the fans. It is simply another example of millionaires who constantly complain about taxes while receiving public subsidies to make more money.

Is socialism for the rich really OK while so many middle-class and poor families face continuing economic distress? Oh well, they can always catch a game on TV after collecting their food stamps!

Tom Minnerick

Elgin



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