As Illinois decides how best to separate violent prisoners or prisoners who are threatened, the mental effects of solitary confinement are under scrutiny. Limiting solitary to five days may to too restrictive, but past abuses that kept an Illinois inmate in solitary for 13 years must not be repeated.
The extra time St. Clair County leaders obtained to react to the wrong-headed preliminary decision on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has borne fruit. North St. Louis radiation, security issues and the likelihood of more defense base closings all argue for placing the new facility next to Scott Air Force Base.
There was a shift in Springfield when they passed the $600 million college funding bill. House Speaker Mike Madigan’s effort to poison the bill met with a revolt from lawmakers, showing Springfield may finally be ready for compromise and progress.
Kudos to letter writer Ronald J. Trimmer for calling attention to the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus started by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla. In our divided nation, it’s critical for citizens to support legislators who have the courage to reach across the aisle to work together for our common good.
Your April 24 editorial concerning school bond debt pointed out that the school taxes to Belle Valley residents have drastically increased. The taxes for just the bonds on a $100,000 house went from $39 in 2008 to $355 the first year of the bonds and are now $639.
John Stuart Mill, who according to his autobiography learned to read Greek at three years of age, was opposed to any governmental involvement in education. His concern was that compulsory education was designed to produce dutiful citizens rather than free thinking individuals with a conscience guided and imparted through the tutelage of the child’s parents.
Every summer, we do our Beat the Heat Program for God’s people and animals. We are collecting fans, money, dog and cat food, bottled water, freeze pops and if possible a few air conditioners, in the Washington Park (metro-east) area for seniors, needy families and animals. We want to start now before it gets too hot and donations are harder to get.
While reading the Belleville News-Democrat on April 19, concerning the property tax increase of $70 per $100,000 of home value, I was generally calm and accepting as taxes are a part of life. However, as I continued onto page 2 and read that the Mayor of Belleville choose to highlight only one reason for this increase in property taxes — property tax breaks for disabled veterans with 70 percent or higher ratings — I became disheartened, disgusted, and then livid! How despicable that the Mayor of Belleville tries to pit taxpayers against disabled veterans!
I would personally like to congratulate Nick Menn and all the other people involved in the fourth annual Hero Inside Day which promotes a better understanding of ways to address the problems connected with heroin and to draw attention to the negative impact it can have on so many people and their families.
Absentee voting is now called “Vote by Mail.” The East St. Louis Board of Elections had 3,647 application requests for “Vote by Mail” ballots in the March 15 General Primary Election. According to the unofficial vote totals received by the Board of Elections, 2,618 “Vote by Mail” ballots were actually turned in. The precinct that had the highest number of “Vote by Mail” ballots were Precinct 1 with 370 returned. This precinct includes the Gompers Homes and is the largest precinct in the city. Precinct 25 was second with 216 returned. Precinct 2 was third with 194 returned. Precinct 20 was fourth with 175 returned and Precinct 12 was fifth with 160 returned.
I would say the majority of people say that laws are necessary and sometimes too restrictive or over-reaching; but, used in the right manner they can encourage or discourage public spending, business activities and activities of the populous. So, where are these carrot sticks for raising the economy?
To Belleville News-Democrat readers I apologize for writing this letter. As so often in the past, Frankie Seaberry on April 17 totally misses the mark. I do not write letters willy nilly to bash President Obama.
The Highland Arts Council thanks the community of Highland for their overwhelming support of the Treehouse Gallery concept. The Art Affair attendees and additional donors helped us to match the $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Affair showcased the performing arts with performances by Highland Community Chorus dancers from I-Move, Ninth & Washington singers, Willie Edwards, flutist, Keith Jozsef, magician, and students from Triad drama class. The silent auction offered 63 items donated by over 50 artists and businesses. Hors de’oeuvres from Urban Farmhouse were delicious and complimentary wine finished the menu.