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Letter: Local government should focus on what it can control

To the Editor:

It’s interesting that with the March ballot to eliminate the McHenry Township Road District and things such as the senior bus service we would want to send a statement on Second Amendment rights.

With McHenry County not wanting to take back nondedicated roads in our area, our only salvation for repairing and resurfacing our streets has been the township. It has stepped up in working on the roads and drainage solutions.

I just don’t see that service happening at the county level. The county’s lack of pitching in should be a red flag when voters consider abolishing the township road department.

Second Amendment rights are a hot-button issue. Most of us want reasonable gun rights. We have our firearms and feel it’s our right to own a handgun or hunting rifle.

The concern, I think, is the assault weapon ban, or lack thereof.

Do we all need a .50-caliber assault rifle? It impedes the police with that kind of weapon.

Can our township board focus on the road and bus services issue and not get off the track with the Second Amendment? Can township board members and McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler focus on property tax relief and issues that can be influenced here in our town, now and not later?

Christopher Benjamin

McHenry

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