Letters: Ode to Weber Road
November 14, 2012 10:14PM
Updated: December 16, 2012 6:13AM
This road is as historic as Route 66 to the old and new residents of Romeoville. Weber Road reaches from Bolingbrook to Crest Hill. This road has symbolized our growth.
Many of my senior neighbors of Old Hampton Park remember this road as a barely two-way passage. I can recall going and coming from Joliet as very scary. As I came down Weber Road, and past the prison, I had to have all my doors and windows locked. This was a very different era. It was good with everyone helping each other.
With our growth, we now have Lakewood Falls, Grand Haven, Carillon, etc. These are small and wonderful “villages” within our large village of Romeoville. The retail and businesses along and around our village have given us revenue and distinction. We as “Old Romeo” appreciate all the strength they add to our village.
Off Weber Road, going south of 135th Street, is one of the last farms in the area, Ward Farm. Many years ago, my husband would hunt doves with the two Ward brothers. I do remember roasting them in a large pan. This farm and old barn are part of our history.
This same road brings new residents. It reminds people where our pioneers came from.
We are grateful to the businesses that keep coming to our village. We welcome all of them.
We are fortunate to have had, and now have, a mayor and trustees that have a vision of the future. We are mostly debt-free. We now have a light out of any darkness we had in the past. This is our legacy for present and future residents.
We have pride as we display our sign, “Right here in Romeoville.”
Shirlee J. Pergler
Protect our children
Another innocent child found dead. Jessica fell into the hands of a child molester just a day before she had walked along with her friend to school. The next day was a fatal day; she walked to school alone, three blocks.
Other children have met the same fate; children as young as 10 have been take away by these sick child molesters. Parents, don’t you learn from these terrible experiences not to let your child walk to school — on the streets or a short cut through an alley. Perhaps you think, “it will never happen to us.”
These criminals commit such horrendous crimes to satisfy their evil minds. We, the parents and citizens, should let our voices be heard, nationally and locally, in mass protests, demanding that authorities punish these criminals to the full force of the law, including the death penalty.
These criminals need to feel what it is to die. They showed no compassion to their victims, and need to feel the pain and suffering their victims felt. Then, they would think twice before committing such horrendous crimes.
And, parents, if you love your children, be more aware as to what is happening. And teach yourself how to be a more responsible parent.
Often these crimes are committed in daylight. I would think there are people around. Perhaps they look the other way, not wanting to get involved. What happened to modern day Samaritans?
Lack or morality and crime have spiraled out of control. In religious terms, we need Jesus Christ, and we need to put our planet in order. May God help us on these last days.
Felipe “Phil” Garcia