Disappointed in Kelly
Now that St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly has crucified Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth and ruined his 30-year career in law enforcement, wouldn't you think it would be appropriate for him to do a complete investigation? Kelly made these damning accusations against Roth without ever completing an investigation or hearing his side. I would also recommend Kelly check the credibility of the accusers; they don't have virtuous histories. Ever notice how the guilty ones are always pointing fingers at others to keep the attention off them? I've known Roth throughout his career and he has been nothing but an asset to Caseyville. Ask any Caseyville resident. Kelly has the wrong guy.
County calls the shots
If the people of Caseyville didn't know that their mayor and board were joined at the hip with St. Clair County, they do now after receiving the last mailing with endorsements. Instead of being concerned with the needs of our village, they prefer to kiss up to the county and state, and look at what a mess those agencies have made. Every time they give a favor, they get a favor, and then they owe a favor. Our village deserves leaders who work for Caseyville and not allow the county to call the shots.
Quinn crosses a line
I was quite dismayed when I read that Gov. Pat Quinn was giving gun talks in churches in Chicago. What happened to separation of church and state? If we are not allowed to say "God" in schools but he is allowed to talk politics in churches, something is seriously wrong.
The wrong approach
At the Swansea candidates forum, all of the candidates voiced the need to reach a sewer use agreement with St. Clair Township. But Trustee Brian Wells came across as angry, even stating a date when he would begin directly billing township customers. If this confrontational approach is what Wells has been taking into negotiations, it is no wonder we have a stalemate. It is time to elect some new trustees who understand the art of negotiations.
One district not two
Grant School District in Fairview Heights need a tax increase to operate. Why does a community the size of Fairview Heights need two school districts. each with two schools with a superintendent and principal for each district? Other districts in the area have many more schools with only one superintendent and seem to do very well.
Quiet is shattered
I came home after a hard day's work on a beautiful Friday night, got ready to barbecue and relax and all of a sudden here came the noise from the stock car races. I am so sick of them. The whole neighborhood smells like the fuel that they burn, there's dirt everywhere. Why is this nuisance allowed? It's polluting the air, causing excessive noise and it's disturbing my peace. Can't someone do something about this? I work hard and want to enjoy my home and backyard but all summer long I can't do that because of the noise.
Women are downfall
We're doomed. Our military is being overshadowed as a superior power, is being downsized and is focusing on sexual assault laws. Unless the people elect new legislators with the smarts and the backbone to restore defense cutbacks and rescind their idiotic policy of allowing women in the military, our country is doomed. Also, all of the women in the military who were raped should file a lawsuit against the idiots who said women serving as soldiers is a constitutional right.
Keep judges local
A couple of weeks ago you had an editorial about how insulting it was that former NAACP leader Johnny Scott suggested a black candidate be selected for an open judgeship in St. Clair County. You missed a real good point. What about the woman in the NAACP office who commented that she thinks we should bring in black lawyers from all over the country and train them to be judges. Somebody needs to explain to that woman how the system works. We don't bring black people in and teach them so they can get a leg up on any other nationality to get a judgeship.
Conflicts of interest?
Swansea taxpayers, beware. Three trustee candidates either work for or have a relative who works for the village. There's no way they will be able to impartially vote to allocate scarce resources within the village. Doris Ribenstorff's husband works in the Street Department, Matt Lanter and Brian McGuire are both volunteer firefighters with very strong allegiances to Fire Chief McGuire. Brian McGuire is the chief's brother. For the good of Swansea, vote for trustee candidates who can make fair, impartial decisions in the best interest of the taxpayers.
A theft victim's view
This is for the person who stole my purse from the shopping cart in the Walmart parking lot on March 9. Do you care that you stole the birthday money for gifts for my daughter and son-in-law? Do you care that you stole precious notes from my wonderful deceased husband? Do you care that you stole a newly purchased ring? Do you care that my blood sugar went soaring? Do you care that you stole my happy, carefree personality? I want you to know that if I would find your billfold, I would turn it in without a penny missing. I want to thank the three ladies who, knowing I didn't have any money, offered to buy my lunch or give me money and then gave me big hugs. That warmed my heart.
State must pay bills
Have you ever considered notifying the state of Illinois that you don't have as much money as you used to have, so you are not going to pay all of your taxes? What do you think would happen? If that's the logic of the state, why can't we file suit to have the governor and entire legislature dismissed for malfeasance in office? The fact that our school districts are cut so short is an outrage when the major portion of all of our taxes should go to the schools. The fact that we pay sales tax and gasoline tax that makes our gas cost 20 cents more a gallon than Missouri is another outrage. How much more will Illinois residents stand for?
Pay cuts would help
There is a simple solution to the school districts' funding problems that doesn't require staff reductions or property tax increases. Just have pay cuts from the superintendents to the janitor. After all, this is how it works in the private market in a down economy. I can guarantee that while some employees may grumble, no one will leave their job because they know they are overcompensated in comparison to others doing the same in private industry. But if some people feel they are not appreciated enough, they are free to seek other employment.
Much ado over guns
The March 19 editorial stated that the small town of Percy had 16 assault weapons. As long as they were purchased legally and they are taken care of, what's the big deal? It's common sense for the government to get out of peoples' lives. Don't worry about it. If someone wanted to take somebody out, there are other weapons besides assault weapons. This is ridiculous and I wish you guys would stop. I thought the BND had a little more common sense than that.
Overpass isn't needed
In this age of fiscal belt tightening, I suggest that it is time for O'Fallon to reconsider the Venita Drive railroad overpass, which is expected to cost several millions of dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. These dollars are all taxpayer dollars, whether they come from the government, the state or the community. This does not include the cost to the businesses that are going to be impacted by this overpass. The reason for the overpass is simple: The trains stop at this point to park. All the city has to do is require railroads to keep the trains running through O'Fallon without stopping. If O'Fallon would take this simple step and spend a couple thousand dollars to improve the current crossing, there would be no need for a multi-million dollar overpass.
Belleville High School District 201 is planning to lay off three first-year teachers whose combined salary is probably $100,000. Why not get rid of some of the old teachers who are making $120,000 a year and hanging on just to collect their $90,000 a year pension? If these older teachers were so wonderful, District 201 student test scores would not be so low.
Tigers were robbed
Who voted for the Southwestern Conference Girls Basketball team? Is it the conference coaches or the local yokel sports writers of the News-Democrat? Edwardsville finished with a 30-1 record with an average victory margin of more than 45 points a game in the conference. No conference team came within 30 points of the Tigers. There is not one girl in the Southwestern conference who could start for Edwardsville, so why weren't all five girls picked on the first team? A bigger miscarriage of justice has not happened since the O.J. Simpson trial.
I'm disgusted with Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk wanting to name the new bridge after Stan Musial. Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and all the wars before have lost their lives and limbs but they can't name a bridge after vets instead of a baseball player. We only exist because of their efforts, not because of baseball. I'm surprised that the American Legion and the VFW organizations are not on top of this.
This is no vacation
Your story on the sequester at Scott Air Force Base included an extremely poor choice of words when you referred to the 4,500 base employees who will receive "one week of unpaid vacation" between now and September. This is certainly no vacation to these men and women who contribute to the economy of this area. They have already endured pay cuts and freezes and reductions in force, unlike the state and local employees who have received pay raises ranging from 3 percent to 9 percent. I think you should write an editorial recognizing the hardship that this furlough will impose on these employees.
Too late for family
The man who beat the toddler is seeking a reduced sentence so he can be with his family and 8-year-old daughter. I think he should have thought about that before he started beating his former girlfriend's toddler. They need to keep him in jail.
If we took 10 percent from the overpaid school district administrators and assistant administrators and gave it to the teachers and the schools, our state would be in much better shape. The teachers' jobs are much harder and more involved than theirs. The money should be going to the teachers and the kids, not to these overpaid administrators.
Welcome to reality
Amazing, bankrupt Illinois cannot fund education, so what do we do? Put it on the taxpayers. I wish the BND would publicize the teachers and superintendents annual salaries again, I think it would make the O'Fallon voters' decision very easy. Teachers, please do not remind us you are taxpayers. If I were a teacher being paid more than $70,000 for nine months of work, you bet I would vote for a tax increase to keep that money coming.