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Speak Out: Elgin spending up in down economy

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 …

Speak Out: Nothing for Biden to brag about?

Biden not bragging: Instead of Vice President Joe Biden knocking Mitt Romney, why doesn’t he discuss the great successes of the current administration? Or does the current administration have nothing to brag about? Keep crossing guards: On Sunday, April 15, there was (a Speak Out) …

Speak Out: Not sure what’s going on in Elgin

Questions about Elgin: What’s going on in Elgin? First I read that the mayor wants to allow chickens in Elgin, which is ridiculous. I drive by the McDonald’s restaurant on Summit Street that’s being torn down with no information on if it’s going to be …

Speak Out: Whale of a situation

Whale of a situation: I think if the Japanese whaling fleets kill all of the whales and call it a scientific expedition, the North Koreans are entitled to shoot a ballistic missile into space and say they are checking the weather over North Korea. I …

Speak Out: Lack of taste in house color choices

Color choices: I have a comment on some of the house colors in Elgin. It seems that people don’t have any taste in what color they paint their house. There are brilliant blues, greens and yellows. It makes Elgin look cheap. Isn’t there a way …

Speak Out: Lost-mail problem needs to be addressed

Lost mail issue: I want to talk about mail being lost. I don’t feel our postal service is being conscientious about delivering mail to the correct houses. Maybe this is how people are getting other people’s information. What can be done about this? Please, it’s …

Speak Out: Why single out McDonald’s over ‘pink slime’?

Beefing about McDonald’s: A Speak Out caller on Wednesday (April 4) seemed to focus heavily on McDonald’s restaurants. I wondered if the caller has an issue with McDonald’s. After all, their “pink slime” has been in ground beef and eaten just fine for decades. For …

Speak Out: Stop signs can’t replace crossing guards

Stop signs cannot replace crossing guards: I am a crossing guard. I read in the newspaper that I might be replaced by a stop sign. That got me thinking. Can a stop sign prevent children from entering the street with its arms and verbal commands? …

Speak Out: Don’t partner with Hoffman Estates

Don’t partner with Hoffman Estates: I was reading Linda McDaniel-Hale’s column on Elgin helping to provide a dog park, water and fire protection to Hoffman Estates. I’m not in favor of those things. Don’t text and drive: I’m calling about the cellphone bill. I wonder …

Speak Out: Clarifying separation of church & state

Clarifying separation of church & state: I would like to respond to the “Separation of church and state” comment. When Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, he only meant for people to pay their taxes. As for separation of church and state, …

Speak Out: Don’t ignore all the others being killed

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 …

Speak Out: What did that heart transplant cost?

A change of heart: Across the newspapers it was mentioned that former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant. There was not a single mention of the cost. What does a present-day heart transplant cost? It’s time we scrutinize some of our medical costs. …

Speak Out: Chickens in the city?

Egg layers in Elgin: This is about Mayor Kaptain turning Elgin into a chicken farm. Guess what? I’m getting 20 pigs. Have you ever experienced what pigs smell like? Can you imagine living next door to someone with chickens in their yard? Now I know …