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Kid watches ball. Ump watches kid. Parent watches ump.

As if we needed another reminder, charges against a grade school sports official who is a registered sex offender underscore the importance of watching the youngsters. Background checks are important, but no substitute for observant parents.

Editorials

So how much teacher inspiration does $100,000 buy?

Federal grant rules dictate how much school districts should spend on professional development for teachers. Cahokia schools recently spent $100,000 on guest speakers, raising the question of whether there are better ways the money could benefit disadvantaged students.

Letters to the Editor

Important decision

In April 2017, the voters in Wood River will make an important decision, as they elect their next mayor. It is important that they elect someone with the experience and determination to get the job done. It is my humble privilege to be a candidate for this office.

Letters to the Editor

Stolen sign

An open letter to the scum bag who stole the sign “Hilary for prison in 2016”, out of my yard. You have denied me, my 1st Amendment rights. You might think you have gotten away with something but I want you to know you have not gotten away with anything. I may never know who you are, but I want to point out one thing to you. There is a power that sees what you do, even in the darkest of nights. There is a power that will stand in judgment over your actions. I would not want to be in your shoes.

Letters to the Editor

ISIS loves Trump

If you are supporting Donald Trump n the upcoming election you now find yourself in the odd position of joining the likes of David Duke, Vladimir Putin and ISIS. Yes good old David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, is a rabid supporter of Trump’s candidacy for president. Vladimir Putin wholeheartedly endorses Trump for America’s president.

Letters to the Editor

Time to change

It’s time to change our Constitution. After all, it was written when there were only 13 colonies, no electricity, no phones, no cars, no planes and the founding fathers could never have envisioned life in the United States as we live it today. Among other things, we need to clarify religious freedom, clarify states’ rights from federal government responsibilities, and get rid of the electoral college.

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Gas prices

We have seen numerous articles recently in the BND about gas prices supposed to fall. In some areas they are to a degree but not nearly so much around O'Fallon that has turned epidemic. Prices at some of the U.S. 50 stations are bordering on gouging and for no reason but to make more money. There are stations nearby that are charging $1.85 a gallon but if you move onto U.S.50 prices are over 50 cents higher at $2.39 a gallon. What gives?

Letters to the Editor

TIF spending

While still in the process of examining Belleville’s TIF spending, I’m compelled to point out another of Major Eckert’s development lunacies and deceptions for the city. First of all mayor you now say it will cost $1million for asbestos control and demolition of the building. Were you aware of the asbestos problem before you spent a half million dollars for the building? From an appraisal (market value) approach, if it costs you more to correct a building’s obsolescence then the purchase price, you have a negative property value. Conversely, the cost to correct the deficiencies makes the project infeasible because the cost to correct requires additional income that cannot be supported by the paying public. To the average Belleville resident, this means the developer has to spend more of his own money or ask the city for TIF money — your tax money!

Letters to the Editor

Classification

David Vail and Phil Henning provided BND readers with excellent explanations of data classification and classification law. In Corporate Audit, I also created data classification policies. As Secretary of State, Hillary was one of the highest level information originators, who should have classify her emails according to the information content and individuals she corresponded with. So the real question becomes, why didn’t Hillary classify any of her out going emails? Was it laziness, ignorance, incompetence, or simply a lack of caring who read her correspondence.

Letters to the Editor

Veterans

I recently caught Hillary Clinton’s paid political ad on TV that was focused on our nation’s honored military veterans. In it she uses disabled veterans as props in a brazen attempt to disparage her opponent, Donald Trump, for his lack of “sacrifices.”

Letters to the Editor

Trumpsters

Dear Republicans: Trump has brought out too much hate from white America. As his polls rise, so does cops killing blacks. Cops even killing Black Panther leaders common black folk didn’t know existed. Yeah, American Nazism can’t wait for Trump to win.

Letters to the Editor

Follow-up

In response to Mr. Vail. I previously wrote that Mrs. Clinton is an Original Classification Authority that she should know what is and is not classified, which millions of us peons are taught is protecting “sources and methods.” On the issue of the Non-Disclosure Agreement form, my point was she testified she “did not recall” signing the form, which is incredulous as she was an OCA and you’d think she was trained on her OCA authority.

Letters to the Editor

Zero-tolerance

The Sept. 19 edition of the News-Democrat carried an article about “eliminating zero-tolerance” policies in schools. Once again, American schools have over-reacted and over-corrected for previous policy failures. Zero-tolerance has given way to infinite-tolerance.

Letters to the Editor

Change

If elected president, Donald Trump would not complete a four-year term of office. His attention span is too short. At the first sign of opposition he will quit and move on to his next huge project.

Videos

Althoff senior QB efficient in Crusaders' victory over Marion Wildcats

Althoff Catholic senior quarterback Trey Mosley threw for three touchdowns in the Crusaders' South Seven Conference game with Marion at Lindenwood University-Belleville.
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Althoff senior QB efficient in Crusaders' victory over Marion Wildcats 1:36

Althoff senior QB efficient in Crusaders' victory over Marion Wildcats

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Central football moves to 6-0 as senior RB has a big night against Red Bud

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Car crash on Main Street in Belleville

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GM John Mozeliak: Cardinals unlikely to exercise Matt Holliday's 2017 option