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Updated: September 28, 2012 6:05AM

Football team helped
supply food pantry

The Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry would like to send a big thank you to the West Aurora High School football team for the generous food donation that we received on Aug. 20.

Nate Eimer, the head football coach, contacted all of the players’ families requesting their help. On Friday, Aug. 17, at the West Aurora football scrimmage game, the parents collected food for the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. The donation will help the pantry in providing food to those in need.

Ellen Voda


Businesses epitomize
best about Aurora

Way to go Ms. (Beacon-News Viewpoint columnist Deena Bess) Sherman.

Thank you for recognizing the business community’s valuable role in the success of our greater community.

While dozens of local businessmen and women could have been listed, your choosing Doug Kirhofer, Rob Prisco, and Bob Lisberg as our shining stars was spot on. Those men and their companies epitomize what is best about business and serving our local community.

Scott Voris


So-called ‘makers’
actually are takers

The spectrum of Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s vision for America is coming into focus.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican ticket is focused on desecrating hard-earned social benefits that provide the barest semblance of a social safety net, a social safety net that fails in countless ways. The destruction of these government protections has been couched under a dubious belief that freeing the markets will unleash the kind of pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps force that will return America to some glorious past.

But the whole premise of their argument is based on falsehoods. First, the glorious past to which we are supposed to aspire is a fictitious creation that, under the best of interpretations, only holds for affluent white men.

Second, the notion that all Americans can climb the social ladder is more myth than reality. Furthermore, where the possibility of social climbing exists, government is critical for providing the necessary resources for a better life through education, health care, and other programs.

Finally, the Ryan philosophy, adopted from the fiction of Ayn Rand, is based on the idea that the “makers” in society need to be freed from the scourge of the “takers”. In Ryan’s world, the “makers” are the affluent and connected; however, as the bursting housing bubble, stock market crash, and growing income and wealth disparity have pointed out, these “makers” are actually the “takers.”

From this it is clear that the policies advocated by Romney and Ryan are more an effort to further enrich the few at the expense of the many. In no way will this make America a greater country. Instead, it will simply lead to the further cannibalization of our country.

Robert Sargis


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