Letters to the Editor
February 13, 2013 11:52AM
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:42PM
Save the Post Office
In an infinite display of their arrogance, the U.S. Post Office has announced their first round of post office closings and service reductions here in Illinois, and Kaneville’s Post Office hours are scheduled to be cut by 50 percent in their very first round of cuts!
Where is the accountability? Apparently, they have ignored our logical, polite, and well-documented reasons and requests for delay or reconsideration of the Kaneville Post Office service cuts. They are doing this because they can, because there is no watchdog, no path for citizen appeal.
We wrote letters to the regional postmaster. We received form letters in reply. Form letters that did not address our specific concerns and our unique situation.
We called, wrote letters to and visited the office of our U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren. Our letters went unanswered. Some of our visitors and callers were met with rude responses. “Is this about the Post Office? Again?” “He has more important things to work on.” (They said that).
We wrote letters to Sen. Durbin. He replied and we thank you, Senator, for your efforts to keep good-paying jobs from leaving Illinois. In his letter to me, Sen. Durbin said (the Senate passed a bill to save U.S. Post Office jobs) and “now it’s time for the House of Representatives to act and pass legislation allowing the USPS reforms to begin.” (This is why it’s still important to continue to lobby Congressman Hultgren).
We must continue to speak up. The Kaneville address exists only if we have our Post Office, and it is an important business center in our community.
Once again, please write letters. Tell them “We are appealing your decision to cut the Kaneville Post Office Hours by 50% on Feb. 23. Please reconsider. Delay (or cancel) these service cuts ... Give Kaneville a Full Time Postmaster, as our revenues and our service warrants this. If you must cut hours, give us 7 hours a day.”
Send your postcard to: Derek Strissel, Postmaster of Huntley, 11013 N. Woodstock St., Huntley, IL 60142. Send postcards or letters to Congressman Hultgren and Sen. Durbin as well.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. A day that will live in blasphemy! On that day I attended a matinee performance of Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theatre. For two hours that location, from foyer through audience to stage, transfigured to a site defined in epic poetry. The epic poem is John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” The site is Pandemonium, Hell’s capitol, where Satan presides over a great gathering of demons.
For two hours demons danced, cavorted, and sang on stage while other demons cheered, chuckled, whooped and applauded from the galleries. There were two performances: the frolicsome fusillade of F-bombing of God and Christianity on stage and the laudatory, euphoric celebration of this by the audience.
The audience was overwhelmingly gray, a long gray line of Baby Boomers stretching from that theater to Woodstock of 1969 where they loudly and giddily spelled out the “F” word to the exhortation of Country Joe (of Country Joe and the Fish). The granny-aged ladies in the theater seemed unperturbed by (and even ebullient about) the staged debauchery.
Make no mistake. “Book of Mormon” is hate speech! For two hours the Mormon faith is drawn and quartered. Humor and ridicule, bundled in delightful, entertaining song and dance packages, are the instruments of this sodomy. Christ is too is vilified in this latter-day crucifixion. A flip, foul-mouthed, conceited Jesus is featured — demonstrating the folly and foolishness of wasting any reverence on him.
Critics have been prolix in their praise and adulation of “Mormon.” The show has sold out for all performances. Hence, this fest of juvenile name-calling and over-wrought caricature is celebrated. The spectacle teases memory of the closing scene of “Rosemary’s Baby.” The character Roman Castevet announces: “God is dead! Satan lives! The year is One, the year is One! God is dead!”
I have known Paul Greviskes for well over 20 years. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the Kane County Board for at least 16 years. Paul served the community well during his time on the County Board and now as a Fox Valley Park District Trustee. He also serves the community as a long time member of the Two Rivers Headstart Board.
Paul will bring creativity and thoughtfulness to the township supervisor position. Paul’s proposals for Aurora Township, such as property tax reduction seminars are the sort of programs that are needed in the community and cost effective. Please join me in voting for Paul Greviskes for supervisor.
Gerald A. Jones
Shoveling the trail
I was running on the Fox Valley Park District Virgil Gilman Trail today and I reached the section that starts at Orchard Road and heads out toward Route 56. A path had been shoveled in the ice and snow. As I ran I thought this is great! I’m not going to break an ankle now.
I hoped I would find the person who had done this awesome deed. Sure enough right before I reached Blackberry farm I came across a man with a shovel. He said his name was Delmer Christian. He is a retired custodian of West Aurora High School. He told me he does this to help the community, stay fit, and to get out of the house on a beautiful day. He has shoveled a path from Orchard Road all the way to Route 56 and up and down the path on Orchard Road. This man is amazing!
I just thought I would share this with you. This seems like a great story for our community to hear.