Letters: Brain power decreasing
November 15, 2012 10:04PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:02AM
It is interesting to find out how little jaywalkers value their lives. From being injured or killed while texting, listening to music with earphones without noticing the dangers.
As I was approaching the intersection of Cass and Collins, a busy commercial area, I motion for the jaywalker to look both ways. These jaywalkers evidently do not value their lives, crossing between the traffic flow. They reward me with the middle finger.
Another unhappy incident involved a pregnant woman with two children, crossing between moving cars, endangering her life and those of her children by not making the effort to walk a few feet to the crosswalk and light.
I think about these people who do not take responsibility for their lives. Perhaps the city should post signs in English and Spanish for their safety and lives, and hope they raise their heads up and read the signs,
As our technology increases, our brain power decreases.
Felipe (Phil) Garcia
Shorewood water not great
While reading your story on Shorewood’s water system (Shorewood’s water system honored, Nov. 7), I wish you would come over to the house and look at my filter system, that takes out all the minerals, and everything that they put in the water. You would not ever drink the water again.
As Yogi Berra once said, “if you don’t believe me, you can come over and look at it.”
Budget not balanced
Several months ago at a Land Use Committee meeting, Curt Paddock, the director, spoke to the county on hiring a CPA firm. The responsibility of the CPA firm was to examine and analyze the fees and penalties the county charges residents. The fees and penalties are intended to reimburse the county for the cost of man-hours in processing applications, inspections and indirect equipment and building expenses.
1. The county executive hired a CPA firm to do what the auditor’s office is supposed to be doing. Was this in the budget? If it was, what are our county board members doing?
2. The county budget covers employee salaries, it also covers office and building expenses. The county’s tax levy is based on the budget. That tax levy is then divided up among our homes.
3. All of the expenses in item two have been paid for by real estate taxes. Therefore, the extra money collected to cover expenses I have already paid for, should be refunded to taxpayers.
One additional item: Both parties congratulate themselves on having produced a balanced budget.
Problem: There is a $15 million pension liability, that is not
shown in the budget, nor funded. Next year it will be closer to
$30 million. Will County is just like Springfield.
‘Warrior’ proud of Joliet
A sincere thank you to all those men and women who so proudly serve their country.
As parents of Wounded Warrior, Corporal Harrison Brooks, USMC, we also want to thank the Joliet community for their heartfelt support at our son’s welcome home party held this year.
It was an inspiring sight to see so many of his friends, family and community wait in line (sometimes over an hour), just to shake his hand and say, “Thanks for your service.”
You make him proud to call Joliet, home. God bless America.
Larry and Wendy Brooks