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Suburban Life Sound Off: Nov. 6-12

‘Honoring’ veterans with days off

The town of Cicero certainly loves its veterans. They took off on Nov. 9 for Veterans Day and gave themselves a four-day weekend. Well, thank you, veterans.

What about the middle class?

In keeping with Congressman Peter Roskam’s appeal to voters to look at the entire tax package rather than just the loss of mortgage interest and other popular deductions that primarily benefit middle-class families, I respectfully request Congressman Roskam to require President [Donald] Trump, his political advisers, appointees and members of Congress to release their most recent tax returns, well prior to voting on the tax package, so voters can compare for themselves how much of a tax reduction ordinary middle-class families get versus how much of a tax reduction higher-income and wealthier people will get.

Downers Grove North
goes to the dogs

When did Downers Grove North High School get a dog park? Not only did I see dogs with their owners all summer long running, playing and defecating on the football field, now I see this happening while school is in session where the kids could be using the field for gym class or after-school practice. How fun would that be to be in football practice or gym class and step in a pile of poop? Why is this allowed? And why are we, the taxpayers, paying for a dog park at DGN? The high school wants new improvements to happen when we can’t even take care of some of the inexpensive problems first. Post some signs and give the dog owners a clue.

Public education
experience needed

So, Anne Stava-Murray is a graduate of the Avery Coonley School, Benet Academy and Dartmouth. Does she really understand what goes on in the public school system, considering that her education has solely been in private schools? Stava-Murray may have issues with David Olsen, but he is a graduate of District 58, Downers Grove South and the University of Illinois. Olsen had to deal with the issues that face public schools, as a student. As the parent of a child who attended District 58 and now attends Downers Grove South, I have far more faith in David Olsen making the best choices for public education.

Why so noisy?

We live near 55th Street in Downers Grove and have been here over 40 years. Last night, around midnight, the Burlington freight train horns were so loud and continuous, we could hardly get back to sleep. What in the world requires train operators to continuously blow their horns at night like that? Were there sleepwalkers on the tracks, or is it just fun to do that?

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