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Updated: February 19, 2013 12:39PM

Debt limit

On March 16, 2006, then-Sen. Obama argued on the Illinois Senate floor that raising the Debt Limit was a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. He complained that Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren, then added, America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. (Of course, this was said while President Bush was in office.)

In the past four years President Obama has put us $6 trillion more in debt and still wants to put us deeper in debt. It obviously is OK when he is president.

The state is broke, the country is broke. Better not count on the government to take care of you.

Frank Beckley


Meijer helps police

The Oswego Police Department would like to acknowledge and show appreciation to the Oswego Meijer store for a generous donation.

The Oswego Meijer store made $1,000 in gift card donations to the Oswego Police Department. These funds will be utilized by the department during various community and training events. This generous donation will assist with operational costs to the Oswego Police Department.

The Oswego Police Department and the Oswego Meijer store have developed an excellent working partnership over the years and will continue to, enhancing this relationship in future years to come.

Capt. Jeff Burgner

Oswego Police Department

Support American Legion

Two things became extremely clear at the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting last week. The first is that the community is completely divided on the issue of legalized video gaming in Sugar Grove. One side believes that property values will plummet, gambling addiction will skyrocket, and Sugar Grove will become the next Las Vegas. The other side believes that a business friendly community should level the playing field, and allow businesses to compete fairly with businesses in the surrounding communities.

I believe that no amount of debate is going to change the minds of either side. It is, was, and always will be a divisive issue. I’m willing to leave it at that.

The business in Sugar Grove that needs the playing field leveled is the American Legion Post. They cannot compete with the establishments in the surrounding communities that already have video gaming. So, until April at least, the Village Board has made it possible for the Legion to compete by allowing video gaming pending the outcome of the advisory referendum which will be on the ballot in the April 9 election.

The local people who spoke out against this action all prefaced their comments by stating that they support the American Legion. That is the second thing that became clear. We all support the Legion.

I am confident that each and every local pastor who spoke at last Tuesday’s meeting will make sure on April 9 that their congregations are getting out the vote to take away the Legion’s right to fairly compete. If, as they all stated, they support the Legion, then they must support the Legion. I challenge each of them to encourage their members to join the Legion, attend the dinners or make a donation to keep our American Legion Post a healthy and vibrant part of our community. I cannot see how a prosperous and profitable American Legion Post is bad for Sugar Grove.

For information about joining, or making a tax deductible donation to the Sugar Grove American Legion, call 630-466-9700.

Louise Coffman

Sugar Grove

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