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Sun City transportation

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Rutland and Grafton townships, and a vocal number of irate Sun City residents living in Rutland Township have made news regarding the ending of bus service previously available to Sun City/Rutland residents by Grafton Township.

Grafton stopped the service to Sun City/Rutland residents as a cost-savings measure, and Rutland did not plan on or budget to provide bus service.

Some Sun City/Rutland residents decried both decisions because, without a car, they need transportation to get to the doctor, to shop, etc.

No one would deny the need, but the expectation that they are entitled to service as Sun City/Rutland residents is a stretch.

As a Sun City/Rutland resident, I don’t share the entitlement attitude. Sun City/Rutland residents were spoiled by Grafton’s municipal act of kindness, and now they expect it to continue. Such is not the case in any faraway suburb. When moving to Sun City, mobility and distance factors should have been right up there with the choice of floor covering.

Why shouldn’t all village residents enjoy the same service as some Sun City/Rutland residents are requesting? The village of Huntley, rather than townships, might consider evaluating and implementing a much-needed public transportation option for all.

Shifting some of the downtown rehab funds to exploring this as a priority seems to be in order, and it would make those in need a little happier.

Time to put first things first.

Jim Darow


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