Opinion

Editorials

Opening up East St. Louis’ front door

Illinois, St. Clair County, East St. Louis and local businesses are cooperating to finance and rebuild streets along the Mississippi River. The cooperation breaks down parochialism and creates an attractive front door that could help draw business to help relieve the community’s poverty.

Editorials

One vote invalidates 563,974 in Illinois

Just one vote can make a difference, and we saw that political truism in action Thursday when the vote of one Illinois Supreme Court justice maintained the state’s corrupt balance of power and told 563,974 Illinois voters not only that their opinions did not matter but that they wouldn’t even get the opportunity to be heard.

Editorials

Grocer not responsible for your giving

Schnucks ended soliciting at their front door. The Salvation Army drew in big bucks, but instead of bemoaning the loss they set an example by being grateful for the donations collected in the past and figuring out a way forward for the charity.

Editorials

Curly needed a St. Clair County lawyer

An electrician who stood under a ladder at the Prairie State Energy Campus got a $9.4 million jury award after two workers came down the ladder and stepped on his head in 2010. When compensation for neck pain becomes a jackpot it earns our legal system its reputation as a judicial hellhole.

Editorials

Hoping pills prevent violence by veterans

Madison County and the local Veterans Assistance Commission have been locked in a legal battle since the vets’ administrator had a violent PTSD episode. The county is losing in court with more legal action to come, so maybe it is time to talk terms.

Letters to the Editor

08-29-16 Sound-Off

The letter of Aug. 17 written by Jenny Dalberg is unbelievable. In previous letters she explained she has a PHD in Theology, but her logic regrading a fertilized egg that is not a baby, surely was not in her studies. It’s amazing that the State of Illinois is broke, so the rest areas out on Hwy 55 towards Springfield are closed. Yet the building is lit up like it is open.

Letters to the Editor

Defining a human

Thanks to Ginny Dahlberg for touching on the concept of what defines a human being. This definition should dictate whether we find abortion acceptable or detestable. Is the fetus a human being or not?

Letters to the Editor

Costly consultants

So the financial wizards of Belleville are going to pay $30,000 to a consulting firm, who will determine if people will be willing to pay an additional one cent more in sales tax to pay to refurbish the Shopland stores at 70th and West Main.

Letters to the Editor

Whack job

A letter writer criticized some others as “reactionary whack job letter writers.” He then goes on to use words such as “bombastic billionaire vulgarism,” and finishes off his well thought letter with these words: “obviously he supports Trump, a neo-fascist, bigoted, ignorant, unstable demagogue.”

Letters to the Editor

Illegal deportation

I am hearing that deporting illegal immigrants is a violation of our Constitution. Since when are illegal immigrants protected by our Constitution? As far as I remember, the Constitution was written for the protection of American citizens. Also, all the benefits that this fool government showers on these illegal immigrants (housing, food stamps, education, etc.) were intended for the benefit of American citizens.

Letters to the Editor

Khizr Khan

Thanks to Gerald Montroy for taking time to write the BND with his thoughts in regard to my previous letter concerning Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic convention.

Letters to the Editor

A new CCC would benefit today’s youth

It is about time for a reprise of the old Civilian Conservation Corps for our young men and women of working age who are not now working and are robbing and pillaging to produce some semblance of income. This new CCC could work on helping the aged and disadvantaged population helping shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways, mowing yards, digging gardens in empty lots for those who could have fresh produce, help put our forest fires, pick up trash, help recycle, etc.

Letters to the Editor

2nd Amendment

Most Americans revere the Constitution of the United States as a fundamental freedom document. It is the law of the land requiring government to protect individual natural rights granted by our Creator. The first ten Amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights) imposes “thou shalt not” constraints on government power over the people.

Letters to the Editor

Rights of unborn?

Ginny Dahlberg in “Not a baby,” wants to keep the terms correct and objective. States have state fetal homicide laws. Illinois defines “unborn child” as any individual of the human species from fertilization until birth. There are individuals that are being prosecuted for not just killing the mother but the child she is carrying. Meaning, that it is not the situation that if the woman wants the child it is a child and for the woman that doesn’t want it, it isn’t.

Letters to the Editor

Funny fabrication

In Tuesday’s BND, Mr. Reuterman wrote a letter about a fictional amendment to the constitution that he quoted as, “The need of a people to travel freely shall not be infringed upon, so the right to buy and operate modes of transportation is guaranteed.” He went on to describe how the NARA has protected that right since the invention of the automobile.

Letters to the Editor

Time for golf

Milwaukee burns and Obama plays golf. Louisiana floods and Obama plays golf. Not a word from the community organizer. Typical of our always late to respond so called leader, Obama. But lets be fair, this will be Obama’s last taxpayer-funded Martha’s Vineyard golfing vacation. Why should Obama pretend to be concerned now? When the water recedes and the Milwaukee streets are safe, Obama will take a couple of political trips on Air Force One to say, “Look at me, I’m here to help you. Vote for Hillary.”

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