Opinion

Shrine must ante up

Using TIF funds in the new Shrine project amounts to a financial rape of the taxpayers. The numbers have been skewed to minimize the developer’s cash investment while providing the Shrine with a nice profit. Their projected expenses are inflated because they are leasing the ground from the Shrine. County property records show the Shrine does not pay any taxes on the site. Will the ground remain off the tax rolls since the Shrine is maintaining ownership?

Letters to the Editor

Don’t delay new standards

For more than 18 months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed new rules on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The delay in establishing these rules has sent a loudly mixed message: On one hand, the public sector supports ethanol, but, on the other, it cannot clarify rules that will spur private sector investment in research, development and new technology deployment.

Letters to the Editor

Fleeced at the pump

I have read little recently to support why our gas prices in this area keep skyrocketing. I have spoken out before about the price of oil being half what it has been for a long time and the price of gasoline being higher than it should be considering that. While it had dropped to half, it has climbed back up some to the high $50 range, which is still significantly lower than what it was last year at this time when gasoline was in the $3.79 range. Being at the high $50s, oil is only about 15 percent higher. Gasoline, however, has jumped and is now poised to go above $3, and at $2.99 it has climbed 66 percent.

Editorials

Improving access to healthy foods

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently paid for a grant through the National WIC Association to improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for disease prevention in the East St. Louis area. East Side Health District is one of 17 agencies nationwide participating in the development and implementation of community-driven plans to reduce and prevent chronic disease in high-risk areas.

Editorials

Illinois needs change now

When Gov. Bruce Rauner took office, it only took him a few weeks to realize that Illinois’ financial problems were worse than he realized. Now after a few months of working with legislature, he understands the state’s political obstaclesto progress are even more formidable than he imagined.

Letters to the Editor

Next time, ask crossing guard

I’m the crossing guard at Lincoln Trail and Potomac in Fairview Heights that a Sound-off caller was so unhappy about. Had he bothered to stop and ask, I’d have told him that the students crossing by themselves were high school students and I’m not supposed to cross them.

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