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If overcrowding a problem on East Side, team up with neighbors

Updated: September 29, 2011 12:40AM

If overcrowding a
problem, team up
with neighbors

Regarding the Aurora University area overcrowded housing versus the East Side overcrowding, a neighborhood is only as good as its community allows it to be. Those on the East Side should band together and work together just as those on the West Side are, and we should work together, instead of complaining or saying that others should quit complaining. Work together to work on your communities. Change your neighborhood and don’t tolerate it. If you tolerate it, a neighborhood is only as good as you let it be.

Sarah Underhill


Don’t just complain — call aldermen about overcrowded housing

In regards to all of the Openline comments chastising Rick Lawrence and his proposed ordinance regarding unrelated inhabitants in city properties: For everyone who is complaining, Rick Lawrence lives in the Aurora University neighborhood; therefore, he is very well acquainted with the problem. If you have a problem in your own neighborhood, start calling your alderman and try to do something about it in your own neighborhood if it’s a problem.

Laura Hohm


Why can’t city fix
potholes already?

I want to know why they can’t fix the streets, especially on the corner of Woodlawn and Gale. There is a pothole on the side where you have to get into the other lane. The city should do something about it.

Sarah Holdren


Leave college kids
sharing homes alone

Kudos to all who wrote about the multiple families living in a single-family dwelling, and leave those college students alone.

Clifford Patterson


Law-abiding citizens have right to protect themselves from harm

The good citizens of Illinois have been denied the right to self defense for too long, and now the time has come to make the Personal Protection Act a reality. It is time that Illinois joins the 48 other states with concealed carry laws.

The Illinois House bill currently pending and awaiting passage (HB148-Family Protection Act-Concealed Carry) is supported by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Chicago Police Sergeants Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Who better than they would know if concealed carry is needed in Illinois? Professional law enforcement officers support concealed carry because they know it works in helping crime rates go down and that they (law enforcement officers) cannot be everywhere all of the time.

Gov. Pat Quinn, apparently realizing he may not be able to stop the bill with his pen, is now trying to do so with scare tactics. For instance, Quinn said, “concealed carry handguns in the possession of private citizens will lead to more danger and more bad things happening.”

That line might look as if Illinois were the first state to consider concealed carry, but 48 of the 50 states already have concealed carry with no horrible impact on public safety. That’s because the people who apply for a concealed carry permit are willing to undergo the required background checks and training — they are not the people out robbing and killing. They want this law to enhance public safety, not hurt it.

Tom Rumish


City should have housing ordinance already in place

In reading today’s Openline in The Beacon-News, I noticed that people are writing in about unrelated adults living on the East Side and around Aurora University. I believe that when Arlene Shoemaker was involved with the voters in Aurora on the East Side, I believe she was able to get the city of Aurora to pass an ordinance restricting the number of unrelated adults in city residences. The city should be looking into this ordinance. I’m sure that it’s still effective and it should be followed.

Suzanne Deuchler


Butcher ordinance
is too open-ended

Citizens of Aurora should be aware that the poultry specialty butcher shop ordinance that was passed has a title that is misleading. With a closer look, it also allows the slaughtering of not just poultry but “rabbits and other animals.” To leave this so open-ended, especially as to other animals, who decides what other animals are? Would any other ordinance in the city of Aurora be left so open-ended? I think not.

Diana Gant


Thanks to all for
memorable homecoming

I want to thank Operation Welcome You Home for the escort given to my grandson, Pfc. Thomas Leonard, and his friend, Pfc. Louis Brown. It was an occasion that will be remembered always by these two young men, my family and all of our friends. The volunteers of this group, plus the Aurora Police Department and the Aurora Fire Department, have our heartfelt gratitude. Also, Pfc. Brown, who is from Las Vegas, was so impressed by this show of love, he can’t wait to get back to Aurora. Again, thank you, all of you, for this show of support.

Kay Leonard


Butcher shop approval was right thing to do

Where do people think their Kentucky Fried Chicken or their Thanksgiving turkey comes from? We don’t wait for them to die of old age. We need jobs, tax revenue in a state where they’re trying to chase them out of here. Thanks to Rick Lawrence and other members of the City Council for doing the right thing.

Bill Hayton


Those who voted for
butcher should take tour

We should all be proud. We now have our very own unnecessary slaughterhouse right across from our animal shelter. Those who voted for this slaughterhouse should take the time to take a complete tour from the moment the animals come in to the moment they leave. You may just regret your decision.

Joan Matthews


Looking for Aurora in special Fox Valley report

In the May 10 Beacon-News, the front page mentions, “Find out what makes the Fox Valley a special place to live, Page 13.” It came under Custom Media Solutions, a division of Sun-Times Media LLC, “Discover the Fox Valley.” It shows comments from people who are happy and live in these up-river towns and what they offer — towns of Elburn, North Aurora, Batavia, St. Charles and Geneva. Where is Aurora? Aren’t we in the Fox Valley?

Bob Barron


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