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Updated: November 1, 2012 6:14AM



Calling DCFS: I am a former pre-school teacher, and it was drilled into me that as a mandated reporter, if I suspected physical or sexual abuse of a minor, I was to immediately to call the DCFS hotline. If the West administrators have been teaching their mandated reporters to report suspected abuse to the administration, then they have advocated their responsibilities. Mandated reporters are to call DCFS, period.

Aurora

Creating the monster: Isn’t it the parents and community, the band parents especially, who created the monster in the first place, Steve Orland? And now a parent wants to sue? I think we all have to take responsibility here.

Aurora

Hiding behind Open Meetings: There are two valuable Speak Out items Wednesday, “School Tax Dollars” and “Remove Rydland.” “School Tax Dollars” is about the abuse of the open meetings act, OMA, and we can guess what the legal fees are for. The second Speak Out names the Orland scandal, which has the potential to hit our tax base. I was all for the OMA, but now it seems it is full of loopholes for enablers and cover ups and should be suspended until the sued and indicted can be prevented from hiding behind it.

Aurora

Death of a tree: The city of Aurora property standards rule says that they will not remove a curbside tree unless it is dead. What’s the difference if it’s obviously dying? And who pronounces it officially dead? Do they use a stethoscope?

Aurora

Don’t want free lunches: ABC World News reported that public school kids nationwide are rejecting the healthy meals served free to them in school cafeterias. Beggars can’t be choosers. Too bad mothers today cannot be like my mother, from America’s greatest generation, and pack these freeloaders a lunch.

Aurora

Money for gas: For two days in a row, we read in The Beacon of criminal incidents involving perpetrators giving Hesed House as an address. One, a road rage incident. The other, a liquor theft at a business on Route 34. If these Hesed House residents can afford vehicles and gas, why are they given free housing and meals?

Aurora

Traffic lights blinking: Traffic lights blinking at Ohio and Farnsworth again. This is the second time in a month, less than a month, about two weeks maybe. Those red light cameras are just a fantastic thing, they should put more up. Why don’t we just have all the lights flashing red, that way we don’t have to worry about it.

Aurora

Bank robbery: I see that yet another small bank has been robbed here. Thank you, Beacon News, for letting us know how easy it is to rob a bank here in Aurora. The type of person who seems to be most often involved in this crime, is now realizing that hey, I don’t need to be on drugs, I don’t need to carry a gun. I don’t even need to be violent. All I need is to barely be able to read and write, give the teller a note and then get money. Do we really need to know all these details?

Aurora

Old depot abandoned: In Matt Hanley’s reporting of Aurora’s past in The Beacon News, Sept. 24, we read of the very old Aurora Burlington Depot in 1912 and the people in Aurora mocking it. Obviously, the once beautiful, red brick structure that now stands on South Broadway, was the old depot’s replacement. Now it stands vacant, for nearly 40 years, restorable, but neglected. Shame on the railroad system, shame on Aurora

Aurora

Rising gas prices: In regard to the gas prices and Obama. He did not shut down drilling and oil off the East and West Coasts. They weren’t doing it anyhow. As far as a few dollars a gallon, that’s a fallacy. It was more than that when he came into office. And considering we were bleeding jobs, and the economy was in the tank on its own, Republicans and their idea of tax reform to the rich, that’s who you can thank for high gas prices. The Republicans, with their $2 billion subsidies for the oil companies — you can’t do it on your own, why do you need a subsidy?

Plano



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