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Updated: May 26, 2012 8:08AM

Spending up in down economy: I’m calling about the dog park issue in Elgin. I’ve lived in Elgin for 55 years now, and I honestly cannot recall a weaker, more liberal-spending city council than what we have now. Councilman John Prigge is the only one with common sense. Mayor Kaptain and the rest are spending so much money in a down economy and after the taxes were raised. Do we have so much money that we can afford to give it away to Hoffman Estates to build something we don’t need? I guess so. I guess Hoffman Estates sold us a pig in a poke. Everyone but Prigge bought into it. For me, the next election can’t come soon enough.

Editor’s note: The dog park is a shared venture involving Elgin, Hoffman Estates and Streamwood, including shared costs of the facility. Also, the park is not a freebie borne entirely by taxpayers but would charge fees for whoever uses it.

Secret Service scandal: Regarding the Secret Service escapade, all this focus on prostitutes and how they got their hands on information is not the issue at all. If you’re going to go that route, the agents shouldn’t be able to take any man or woman, gay or straight, to their room because who’s to say that the other person is not a plant by some dastardly government situation? So why all this hoopla about the fact that they were prostitutes when in reality it could be anyone that the Secret Service became involved with? The obvious solution is to put a chastity belt on all of them and tell them not to have any outside activities. What about the fact that sensitive information was left in their rooms? Who’s to say someone couldn’t have broken in the rooms and taken it? Think about it.

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