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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Trucks shouldn't park in Downers Grove library lot

It's a nice Tuesday morning, the sun is shining and this is the fifth time I've circled the block looking for parking to go to the [Downers Grove] library. There are no particular events going on that day, so why is the parking lot jam packed? Again. And then I see the trucks that belong to the construction crew working on the Burlington apartments across the street. Why are they parking there daily, taking up numerous spots when it is not all-day parking in that lot? And it's allowed day after day. The library needs more parking to begin with, but adding the construction trucks every day is not making the situation better. I see the Downers Grove Police Department patrolling all the other parking spots, yet these trucks seem to be bypassed?

Berwyn residents need to pick up after selves

I've lived in Berwyn over 50 years, and I cannot believe the disrespect that people in this town now have for throwing the trash out of their cars, dumping soda bottles and fast-food bags and containers all over the streets on Cermak Road. The parking lots – I've seen people actually open their car doors and dump the garbage out and leave it out right in the middle of the street. Come on, people, this is your town too. Let's try to take better care of it. It's not the city's fault. It's the people currently living in our town who have no respect for the cleanliness that we used to have

Ordinance needed for noisy generators

I wondered if anyone knows if there's any ordinances against these whole-house generators. Now that we're getting all these big houses and inconsiderate people building these houses in the neighborhood, they put these generators in that run weekly – it'll drive you nuts, they're so loud. [There ought to be] an ordinance on them, as far as sound level. I'm just curious if anyone else has had this experience. We have one right next door that will literally drive you crazy while it's running.

Government 'squeezing' out taxes

Well, excuse me. The assessed valuation of my home went up another 4 percent for next year's property taxes. I am not aware that my pension or my Social Security check increased at all. So here we go again, deeper in debt, and nothing more than a cash cow for the government to squeeze more out of.

Not happy with proposed tax plan

The just-released tax plan is horrible for homeowners in this area. It appears that we will no longer be able to deduct state income taxes (just under 5 percent), and our property tax deduction will be maxed out at $10,000. Many of us pay in excess of that amount. I have already heard several Republican congressmen say that keeping the deduction is unfair. They say the low tax states are subsidizing the high tax states. Maybe that is true, but it cuts both ways. Before the hurricanes hit this summer, the National Flood Insurance Program was almost $25 billion [in] debt. ... The premiums for this program...do not cover the costs. I am subsidizing their insurance so they can live in flood prone areas. If you want to take away my deduction, make them pay the true cost for the insurance. 

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