O'Fallon's Plan B
The "no" votes prevailed and it's time for all the mommies and daddies to get their heads around the fact that O'Fallon residents are facing personal financial difficulties. Go to the state legislature and demand payment. Go to the teachers and administrators and demand salary reductions and no cost of living increases, like many residents have had over the last seven years. Go to the community and alumni to form independent art, music, choral and sports programs. Go to your children to teach and expect good behavior -- insist that the school call you for disruptive behaviors.
Attacks are boring
The personal attacks your readers are submitting for the comments section are getting a bit boring. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, except lawyers and politicians. To coin a phrase from an old Beatles song, "Let it be, let it be."
Teachers should share
A recent letter to the editor stated that sacrifice is necessary to ensure that excellent education is available to all. I don't mind paying my fair share but we just got a notice of a tax increase in the mail so I don't need an additional tax burden. O'Fallon School District 90 needs to learn to live within their means and the teachers should pay their fair share for their retirement and health care.
Get me on that train
How can I get in on the Caseyville Township gravy train? A flyer I received in the mail listed the outrageous salaries the supervisor and trustees earn for a part-time job. Brendan Kelly needs to look into this. Who grants these salaries? Does the public even have any say in it? No wonder the elected officials all have the same last names they had 25 years ago. Only the first names have changed.
Stone's stealth car
I'd like to know why the St. Clair County Coroner has an unmarked county vehicle with regular license plates. I believe all government vehicles should be marked with seals or lettering identifying the unit of government. Why would you pay an annual fee for registering a government vehicle when municipal plates don't expire? Either the coroner is not using good financial sense or is interested in using the vehicle for personal use and doesn't want taxpayers to know.
The editorial "Keep track of fuel" in Stookey Township perturbs me. It is so simple to keep a record of fuel used in service cars. Give the user a gas card and at the end of the month compare the amount of gasoline purchased to the mileage on his service vehicle. That would keep him from filling up his personal and family cars. The people in Stookey Township look stupid and careless. The administrator should be ashamed to let this article hit the newspaper.
Thanks for reporting
I would like to commend George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer for the article about Leonard Black. It was very informative and I wish this would have come out sooner. It sounds like the man has a lot of explaining to do. Thank you, George and Beth. You both do an excellent job and I hope you can continue with this and will find out why this wasn't prosecuted.
Strip joint smoking
Why are the adult entertainment clubs, otherwise known as strip joints, in St. Clair County not complying with the Illinois no smoking law? The restaurants and the bars are doing a great job following the law but you can go into a strip joint any day of the week and see everyone smoking and ashtrays are on the bar. Is somebody being paid off or is someone telling the clubs when the inspector is on the way so they can hide everything?
Cahokia's blind voters
The school situation in Cahokia is appalling when these kids won't be able to pursue their dreams whether it's in athletics or music or art. But the parents of these children have no one to blame but themselves for blindly voting for the same politicians who support the same policies that they have for years. As a recent letter to the editor stated, you can't blame the Republicans because there aren't any. Case in point is most of the representatives in Washington, D.C., send their children to private schools, not public schools. Why shouldn't the people in Cahokia and everywhere else have the same opportunity? And do some research on who supports sending children to other schools on vouchers. It's not the Democrats.
Use current resources
I have the utmost respect and regard for State's Attorney Brendan Kelly. He's done a great job and there is nothing to criticize him about. I do have a question about the special unit he wants to investigate the misconduct cases and convictions by public officials. Why doesn't he use the investigators in his office rather than trying to get the state to spend more money?
Mental issues gone
I would like us to remember back to December when everyone was outraged over the tragedy in Connecticut. The politicians were quick to respond calling for various gun regulation and comprehensive programs to weed out, identify and treat mental degenerates that could perpetrate such crimes. Several months have passed and little mention is made these days about the mental degenerates among us. So in lieu of meaningful legislation to address the problem, all the public hears is that there will be more useless laws regarding background checks and restrictions on certain types of weaponry.
Teachers again off
On opening day for the baseball Cardinal games the same people who complain about their pensions and health benefits, the teachers, are sitting in the stands at the game because they had another day off. Then the kids in my neighborhood told me they were off school the day after opening day because it was Election Day. I understand that some of the polls are located in schools but when I went to school, the voting didn't interfere with our school day. I just can't believe that these teachers get so many extra days off when they only work eight months a year and that we, the taxpayers, continue to pay their salaries, their health benefits and their pensions.
Bridge name swap
With all the controversy going on about naming the new bridge either after Stan Musial or the veterans, why don't they just rename the Poplar Street Bridge after Mr. Musial and name the new bridge in honor of the veterans? After all, they took the original Veterans Bridge and renamed it after Dr. Martin Luther King.
Hateful to St. Libory
Your editorial, "Location, not taxes, at issue" puts down the small community of St. Libory for trying to grow. I think the person who wrote it should recant it and do a little research. If you look at Aviston, the fastest-growing community in the state right now, it's not near any fast food restaurant or grocery store. The article is biased and hateful for no apparent reason.
I read an article about Nancy Chavez who said she feels pain every time she has to leave her 2-year-old to go to the field and pick broccoli and lettuce. She's hoping for immigration reform. All I have to say is, shut up and go back to Mexico. You won't have to work there. When I was 10 years old, I was hoeing rows of strawberries so long I couldn't see the end. Then, when I got a job and had kids, I worked every day for all of their young lives as did my husband. When we were off, we spent every moment we could with them. Today we have things. Now the Democrats want to take what we have and give it to these people who want to stay at home with their kids. Well, boo-hoo.
Irrational gas prices
As of April 6, we have 22 million barrels of excess fuel, refined gasoline on hand. Here in Belleville, only about 30 miles from refineries and less than that from the off-loading station in Sauget, it's still $3.65. It drops about a penny a day so what's going on? They are intentionally squeezing us; not the local dealers, the oil companies. If you think that anything they do is honest and upright, you are wrong.
The News-Democrat front page on the day after the election should not have read "Eckert wins a close one". It should have said, "Eckert rejected by two-thirds of the voters." He may have won the vote count but two-thirds of the people rejected him through Elmore and Hayden.
What an interesting mayoral Belleville election. It looks to me like Mr. Sprague encouraged Mr. Elmore to run just to make sure he siphoned enough votes away from Hayden to make sure Eckert got a win. Typical politics.
No knocks at my door
None of the politicians can understand the low voter turnout and Mayor Eckert said he can't believe the amount of apathy there is. Really? Clearly these gentlemen were so consumed with their own self-importance that they weren't in tune with what the voters wanted, what the voters thought or even who they were. All I can tell you is that when I lived in another city, anytime there was an election, more than one candidate showed up at my front door to ask for my vote, but not in Belleville. I live within eight blocks of two of the mayoral candidates but I never saw either of them anywhere in the neighborhood.
No 'I' in team
Mark Eckert is his typical pompous self. His ego will not allow him to concede defeat and his ego will not allow him to work with the newly elected officials. These people won fair and square. Instead of negativity, he should reach out and embrace everyone on the council as well as the city treasurer and city clerk. They should work together as a team.
The hole, rotten story
The corruption in Belleville amazes me. I don't live in Belleville but was raised there. I opened the BND the day after the election to discover Mayor Eckert was reelected when he still has a hole in the ground that he has never done anything about, paid $1 million for property for a park that wasn't worth over $300,000, and a Meredith Home that is sitting vacant among many other things.
Why no candidates?
What is with the lack of candidates? O'Fallon High School District 203 had four candidates for four positions. SWIC District 622 only had one per position. And the St. Clair Education Service Region candidates couldn't even put a single ad in the newspaper to tell us who they were.
Wrong focus in D.C.
Our economy is in free fall. Add Obamacare and it will cripple this country. How can it not. We're going to add 32 million uninsured people to the roles plus 11 to 12 million illegal aliens. All the President and his buddies can think about is gun legislation, immigration and gay marriage. Could they think about saving this country?
Bans fail to protect us
Recently some kid took an assault knife to a Texas school and brutally stabbed students, breaking many laws and rules in the process. Unbelievably there was a ban on knives on school property. Banning things isn't going to change the fact that the people who are going to break the laws will still do it. It just takes away from the law-abiding citizens.
Story shows need
In reporting on the tax increase proposal to support schools in O'Fallon District 90, the O'Fallon Progress demonstrated why the referendum and the increase were so desperately needed. According to the reporter, the taxpayers who voted on the referendum opposed it by a nearly three to one margin, yet the percentages he gives are approximately 65 percent voted negative and 35 percent voted positive. This is hardly a three to one margin; in fact it's slightly less that a two to one margin. This is a basic math error that should have jumped out. Errors in math like this indicate why we need to support education in O'Fallon.