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Updated: May 12, 2012 8:05AM

Don’t look the other way: Why are some people making such a fuss over one young boy being shot in Florida when there are one or more people being shot in Chicago every day? There are too many people who should be doing something instead of looking the other way. Isn’t it time to change their line of sight?

Present facts about U46 contract: It seems that The Courier-News has their stories skewed. A few days ago, there was a short story saying that School District U46 teachers tentatively approved a new contract. In Sunday’s (April 1) newspaper, there is a front page story about U46 getting rid of 45 crossing guards. The front page story should have been that the overpaid U46 teachers have gotten another exorbitant contract. In the worst recession ever, they want more money. One teacher who makes close to $200,000 will erase 45 crossing guards who altogether make some $200,000. I think that U46 teachers get all the money and then someone down the chain gets fired.

Editor’s note: Details of the tentative agreement were not released, as our story clearly stated. And as the crossing guard story also clearly stated, the crossing guards are employed by the city of Elgin, not School District U46.

Equal treatment: I would like to know why the southwest side of Elgin is still on odd-even parking. If it’s good enough for us, why isn’t it good enough for the rest of Elgin?

Need for crossing guards: I disagree with School District U46 doing away with its crossing guards. They are looking at the situation totally from a traffic standpoint. With Carpentersville in the last month having two to three warnings of attempted kidnapping, I believe crossing guards are essential. In these dangerous times, we need our crossing guards. Jenny Toppel at Coleman School is one of the best. The children there are safe due to her diligence.

Editor’s note: Again, the crossing guards are employed by the city, not the school district.

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