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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:15AM

Take the computers
out of squad cars

In response to Kristen Ziman’s: “Many reasons to stop texting while driving” — a better suggestion could be to lead by example.

Start by removing all the computers from police vehicles. I’m not sure distracted officers looking at their blue screens as they drive is a good thing either. Are tax dollars providing training for police officers to drive while monitoring and answering their laptops?

Then could the answer be that all we really need is a bit more driver training? Or is this practice just safe for law enforcement and not to be practiced by us mere mortals? Technology is certainly a force in our personal lives, but how about we hold off on the government-needs-to-make-more-laws rhetoric? A better idea may be to eliminate double standards.

David Scarpetta


Charity bowling event
had fun to spare

Fox Valley Older Adult Services would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the many participants and sponsors who helped to make their recent Bowl A Strike For Seniors such a great success. This event took place on Oct. 14 at three locations — Idle Hour Lanes in Sandwich, Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb and Parkside Lanes in Aurora.

Sponsors for the event included Bookkeeping Express, Calcon Machine LLC, Castle Bank, Centrue Bank, Mark D. Weinhold DDS, Unlimited Performance. NB & T, Kapper Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Sandwich Chiropractic and Valley West Community Hospital.

Participating teams raised money through pledges and came out to enjoy a fun time bowling with friends and neighbors. All proceeds from the event go toward programs and services for seniors in DeKalb, Kane, Kendall and LaSalle counties.

To find out more about FVOAS and how you can participate in programs and help them in their vital mission, please contact the director of marketing and grants, Susan Thanepohn, at 815-786-9404.

Susan Thanepohn

Director of Marketing & Grants

Fox Valley Older Adult Services

Faster train just
adds to U.S. debt

In the Oct. 22 Beacon-News, I read that a train traveled 111 miles per hour for 15 miles between Dwight and Pontiac. The article stated that the normal speed on the old track is 79 mph. The cost for this rail service from Chicago to St. Louis will be $2 billion, partially funded by a $1.2 billion federal grant.

The taxpayer is going to pay $2 billion so the train can travel 32 mph faster than it travels now.

The U.S. is broke. We are $16 trillion in debt. This is another case where we have to borrow money from China to do this. If we had a surplus, I would be for it, but not now.

Will this insanity in Washington and Illinois ever stop?

Kent Catich

North Aurora

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