Ever wonder how many of the legion of campaigners for raising your property tax are actually property owners in O'Fallon? I will never vote for another property tax increase for the schools as long as O'Fallon maintains three separate school districts, three separate superintendents, three separate administrative staffs, and three separate buildings.
Don't let state slide
After listening to the O'Fallon District 90's public questions and answers on Tuesday, I will vote "no." The vote "yes" group says the rate increase would lead to financial independence from the state, which would set a bad precedent. Better to have community fund-raising for the extras, no fee discounts for multiple children in a family and continue to push the state legislature to pay their education obligations.
Balanced but higher
The BND reports that O'Fallon has passed a "balanced budget of $66.8 million." The lead paragraph states that this, however, is an increase of 14 percent in the budget. One of the issues I have is that $1.2 million is listed for the operation of the Family Sports- plex. This multi-million dollar project was created under the guise that it would not cost taxpayers anything, it was found money. Of course, this was taxpayer money that could have been used for other, more important city projects.
Don't abandon cursive
The word has come down from the higher education administration that cursive writing will no longer be taught in schools. They have decided that our children only need to learn to type since they think all communication will be done on computers. Hmmm, if you can't communicate through the written word on paper, it's just another way to control the masses and to know what information is being communicated. Wake up, America. Our children are being indoctrinated every day through the school system that teaches only one school of thought, which is liberalism, and this is just another part of the overall plan.
Trim Obama's wings
I read in the BND that President Obama is giving up about $1,700 a month of his pay because of the sequester furloughs. Well, big deal. The millions of dollars that he and his wife waste using Air Force One traveling all over the world would pay for medical treatment for many Medicare and other patients if he would just fly in a regular airplane and use his own money. He gets a $400,000 annual salary but he doesn't pay rent or utility bills. The BND printed this like it's a big deal. Shame on you. Why don't you talk more about the money he's wasting using Air Force One?
Obama takes a break
I am still in shock. If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. I was watching the NCAA basketball tournament and President Obama actually disrupted one of his record-setting vacations to attend the Syracuse game, We sure appreciate that, Mr. President.
Swept under the rug
Freeburg's Mayor Ray Danford is up to his old tricks. An employee got caught stealing village property. Village policy calls for immediate termination. Instead, Danford and his administration swept this under the rug. No reprimand, no discipline action. What happened to holding all village employees to the highest standards and accountability as the mayor previously stated?
Money is the solution
The only thing that will save East St. Louis short of actually having the whole city bulldozed into the river would be for more money to move in through real estate development of great riverfront condos on either side of the new bridge and retail stores and jobs that would come with them. Unless the people with money build up this great location across from downtown St. Louis, the city is doomed.
Educate on obesity
I'm retired and my wife and I eat out at casual dining places frequently. I am so disgusted at the way people act and dress and allow their children to be unruly. And they buy fat-filled meals with desserts when they are already obese and either already have diabetes or will have -- if they don't drop dead first. I wish the BND would do a huge spread about the problems of obesity in the United States.
Where's the outrage?
I find it appalling that only one St. Clair County Board member has publicly come out against the hiring of Scott Flood. Everyone should call their county board member and ask him why he sat on his hands and let County Board Chairman Mark Kern and his group hire this guy.
I went to the races for the first time this year. Where else can you get a full night of entertainment for $12 for the whole family? I took my kids along and they were free. We had a great time with the rumble of the engines and the sweet smell of exhaust coming from those cars. It was a lovely evening. Everyone should try it with the family.
Shh, don't tell thieves
You had a very nice write-up on the state-of-the-art, million-dollar classroom. The only problem is now that you've publicized that fact, thieves will go in and steal everything. It was better when they didn't know about it.
Not like Lincoln
A recent caller said that President Obama is like Abraham Lincoln. I nearly laughed off my chair when I read it. If he means because the president is being attacked from all sides that they are similar, then yes they are. The difference is that Lincoln was not a hypocrite. Obama lectures people about going on big vacations spending other people's money but does the same himself. Lincoln walked the walk as he talked the talk. Obama is the biggest hypocritical president we have had in a century.
Wrong to print story
The article regarding Caseyville mayoral candidate Leonard Black is the most biased example of journalism I have ever seen in the Belleville News-Democrat. The reporters should be embarrassed for writing such a non-relevant story. There was no point whatsoever in running this article except to publicly humiliate Black. The BND should be ashamed for publishing this story five days before the election.
Vote for change
Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert claims he's done so much. What about the Meredith Home that is prime property just sitting there? He also wasted money to buy the building at the foot of the hill on West Main Street and he gave himself a $15,000 raise while the city employees took a two -year freeze. When are the taxpayers of Belleville going to wake up and get him out of office? We have a chance to do it in this election.
Puzzled by realtors
Why did the Illinois Association of Realtors decide to send out mailers supporting for election Mayor Mark Eckert and treasurer candidate Dean Hardt, two political party opposites in the mayoral race -- or are they?
No comment? No vote
I read the BND election candidates' responses and am appalled by candidates who are unwilling to have the public know their positions on anything. I recommend this arrogance be rewarded with a "no" vote.
This isn't marriage
I'm concerned about the term gay marriage. Marriage is defined as a union of a male and a female so there is no way a union between like people can be called a marriage. I can't understand why people can't come up with another word for this, like a legal contract or partnership. You can't say that an orange is an apple if you want an apple. A marriage can't be two males or two females so why don't we have a new or better word?
Protestants left out
Was I surprised on Easter morning? Not really. Instead of picking up the paper and reading an Easter Sunday editorial about the real meaning of Easter, Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and Christianity, we get another editorial about the pope and the Catholic Church. As Protestants, I think we know we can't expect anything else because the News-Democrat is really a Catholic newspaper.
Priced out of baseball
A Cardinals' pitcher just signed a contract for $97 million. That's ridiculous. That's why your typical family can't go to a ballpark without paying $50 for a ticket and $10 for a hotdog. A person couldn't spend $97 million in their lifetime unless he is like the government that pays $5,000 for hammers. Where is it ever going to stop?
Assist in other ways
Our current assistance programs for people who don't have jobs or who just decide to live off of welfare is allowing people to abuse the system using their state and federal cards on things that aren't necessities. We need to go back to giving these people some type of voucher to get only things like rice, beans, milk, eggs or flour until they can get back on their feet. It would cut down a lot on the abuse in the system.
Better way to operate
As a resident and paying sewer customer of Stookey Township, we need to elect a new highway commissioner who will fix the township office parking lot and the country roads and streets properly. The commissioner seems to take care of only Oak Hill area and higher priced areas. We need to elect new trustees and have the meetings changed to 7 p.m. like they used to be so people can attend. You cannot solve problems in a five- to 15-minute meeting once a month. The meetings used to be twice a month.
Appalled by show
I just listened to Bob Romanik's radio show, the Patriot. It was my first and last time. There was nothing patriotic about this broadcast. It was appalling and I feel any candidate for office who uses this show to get exposure to the voting public is very misguided and would show a great lack of respect for the office they are seeking.
What's going to happen when all these illegal immigrants are covered under Obamacare? One way to cut the deficit might be to look for the fraud in food stamps and remove the people who don't really need them. I don't want anybody to go hungry but there are many people who don't use them as they were intended. Do the same for Medicaid and Social Security Disability and get rid of Public Aid benefits for more than two children. Taxpayers can't make it anymore.
Failed to plan ahead
There is no greater indication of Catholic Bishop Edward Braxton's failure than the consolidation of parishes as a solution for the poor recruitment of new priests. The church should have had a 10-year recruiting program about the advantages and blessings of being a Catholic priest. Instead they are just waiting until everybody dies off, and then what are they going to do? Maybe they will have to consider women at that point. The consolidation of parishes and the ruination of the culture of a parish family is a total outrage.
See what God says
More comedy from Washington. A Delaware senator does soul searching and now is in favor of same-sex marriages. Really, the only searching going on in D.C. involves politicians searching for votes to keep their sorry souls in office and to stay in the public trough. Instead of soul searching, why not just ask God what to do about same-sex marriage? Scriptures are very clear; God wants marriage to be between a man and a woman.