Opinion

Editorials

Runnin’ on empty, beltway highway project crashes on junk heap

Opponents to turning Illinois 158 into an outer beltway that links Columbia, IL to Troy, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, have won and the proposal is dead. They gained a reprieve from the highway, but development will still come to our rural areas. The problem will be that the transportation infrastructure will not.

Letters to the Editor

BND readers sound off on cartoon, Trump, township

Belleville News-Democrat readers in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, in St. Clair County, Madison County, Monroe County, Clinton County and Randolph County including the cities of Belleville, IL, Edwardsville, IL, O’Fallon, IL, Collinsville, IL, and East St. Louis, IL share opinions on the news nationally and in the southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO region.

Letters to the Editor

BND contradicts Black History Month’s struggle

Letter to the editor writer Helen Presley, of Wheaton, IL, says BND editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy’s comparison of Ruby Bridges and Betsy DeVos in his editorial cartoon — a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” — is inflammatory and that the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper contradicts Black History Month’s struggle.

Letters to the Editor

McCoy’s cartoon compares apples to oranges

Letter to the editor writer Keith A. Preble, of Rotterdam, N.Y., says BND editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy’s comparison of Ruby Bridges and Betsy DeVos in his editorial cartoon — a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” — is appalling and that it is like comparing apples to oranges, although he applauds McCoy’s desire to call out hate.

Editorials

Mr. Daiber goes to Springfield, in his dreams?

Madison County, Illinois, near St. Louis MO, regional school superintendent wants to be the Illinois governor. Money, name recognition, political patrons are all lacking, but he has the same right as anyone and is no less a candidate than anyone.

Videos

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with the BND Editorial Board

Illinois Republican Governor Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a meeting with the Belleville, IL, News-Democrat Editorial Board in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with the BND Editorial Board 52:50

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with the BND Editorial Board

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Opinion: Preview the 'Madigan: Power, Privilege, Politics' documentary

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Family escapes from house fire in Cahokia

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Alorton boxer wins St. Louis Golden Gloves title