Opinion

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

Auto workers have been backing wrong party

Once upon a time, automobiles were built in Flint, Michigan and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now you can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan and American cars and trucks are built in Mexico. Amazing what eight years, under the leadership of the teleprompter clown, has done to our manufacturing and economy. After all, the recession was officially over on July, 2009. Officially, the slowest recovery in history is taking place under Obama.

Letters to the Editor

Dan Beiser

Hunting and lawful gun ownership have always been important issues for our community. I’m a hunter and conceal and carry permit holder, and it’s important to me that state leaders in our area will fight for our Second Amendment rights.

Letters to the Editor

Abortion

In response to Mr Boom. I don't believe in abortion. I believe that it is murder. Therefore I find it heinous that through my taxes and or insurance I am made to pay for someone to murder their unborn child because they have been irresponsible.

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Climate change

Those who try to hide a disbelief in global warming/climate change by trying to appear well knowing about the history of this planet are either kidding themselves or unbelievably ignorant of the world wide changes brought by man alone. I can see how this would be possible only for someone who has never lived elsewhere and who doesn’t read or watch anything but sports on television.

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Clinton taxes

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just released her 2015 joint tax return with partner in crime, Bill. They generously gave over $1 million to charity. Apparently wanting to keep their money in the family, 96 percent of their donation went to the Clinton Family Foundation, a tax-exempt charity controlled by the Clintons.

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Conundrum

Isn’t it a conundrum? In a recent poll a number of people were asked if they trusted Hillary Clinton. Only 11 percent said they did. That means (to me) 89 percent didn’t trust her. Yet when asked who they would vote for, more than half of them said “Hillary Clinton.” I guess Forest Gump was right when he said “stupid is as stupid does.”

Letters to the Editor

Incorrect information

The editorial in the Aug. 17 print edition of the BND, “Public servants should not get pensions,” contained incorrect information. It identified myself as one of the two O’Fallon aldermen who were participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Due to a prior commitment, I was absent from the meeting but not one of the two aldermen who were participating in the retirement fund.

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Voter notification

I received my voter registration notification Aug. 11 and immediately called the St. Clair County Clerk’s office and asked why I was being singled out. I was informed I am not being singled out but the state has made the determination to update voter files. My next question was “ how many notifications were sent to East St. Louis (this was prior to the articles in Saturday’s paper)? There was dead silence for about 15 seconds and then the person I was talking with tried to explain, in a not so convincing tone, it was the decision of the State Board of Elections and not the County Clerk’s office.

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Obama power

Another way President Obama has expanded his power, besides the power of the pen, is by refusing to enforce laws he does not like, effectively repealing them, what was his oath of office? He has done this with immigration laws by designating an entire classes of people having legal status, even though the law clearly states they are unlawfully present.

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River’s Edge Zone

Why hasn't the City of East St. Louis implemented anything in the River's Edge Zone or the Medical Center District? These two State designations were supposed to support development in our city and help to create a much needed tax base. This is why qualified persons are needed to address these issues not political cronies who only want a paycheck. The only reason the Empowerment zone/ Enterprise community worked well was that there were no political cronies administering those programs for the city and for the four other collar communities below the hill.

Editorials

MidAmerica needs early snow job removal

St. Clair County leaders decided to delay $835,000 in improvements to the MidAmerica Airport terminal. They said the bids were too high, but when has small change mattered at the flying money pit? More likely they wanted to give challengers less ammunition before the Nov. 8 election.

Letters to the Editor

Muslims can help preserve freedoms

Recently, Trump has been criticized for advocating a temporary focus on evaluating immigration of Muslims into America and a re-evaluation of current citizens. His remarks are easily publicized as divisive and non-supportive of what we stand for in our country. However, Trump does make a strong case for focusing efforts on “radical” Muslims.

Opinion

Most professors are Democrats. Here’s why.

Citing that Democrats outnumber Republicans 12:1 in faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, Senate Majority leader Phil Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions unless they “toe the line from the left.” However, it seems likely that there may be other, more objective explanations for the imbalance of party affiliation.

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