I resent the Our View April 10 about St. Libory. The person who wrote the article must not have done her homework (oh, that's right, she must have gone to school in Belleville).
Since the new subdivision went up, three homes have been sold to people with young children. People are moving out of Belleville to get away from the rat race and violence that happens in a city like yours. You stated there are no fast foods or grocery stores in such a small town and Freeburg is 13 miles away. Well, sometimes with the traffic in Belleville it takes you 15 to 20 minutes to get to your destination and you have to fight the traffic and fast foods aren't good for you anyway.
Our families sit down and have a meal together. St. Libory has one of the finest meat markets in Southern Illinois. In a small town people help each other out and know their neighbors. You can't say that about Belleville.
Our school is small but the children receive one of the best educations. In the past years 95 percent of the students go on to college and do very well in life. They are always in the top percentage of their class in high school.
Aviston was also a very small community and it doesn't have fast food restaurants and other conveniences, but a new subdivision was constructed and it grew from 600 to 2,000. East St. Louis was one of the booming cities in the area many years ago and look at it now.
Maybe Belleville better look out. I'm not saying this will happen overnight but miracles do happen.
Village president St. Libory