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We don’t need 97 volunteers to collect dead bodies

St. Clair County in southern Illinois currently has 97 deputy coroners in case of natural disaster or a terrorist attack. That’s too many. Madison County has fewer than half that number, and they do not carry weapons like their peers can near St. Louis, MO.

Editorials

Seeking plain speaking from St. Clair County chairman on sales tax for safety

St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern has been given multiple opportunities to address MidAmerica Airport’s financial impact on public safety and to promise the county will keep its hands off a proposed penny sales tax hike. His words have been less than a promise or guarantee. The vote is April 4, 2017, and he can still be clear with voters in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

Letters to the Editor

O’Fallon school district can easily make more cuts

Meghan Keenan of the Illinois Policy Institute in Chicago, IL says in this opinion piece that voters in O’Fallon, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, should not vote to increase sales taxes during the April 2017 election to give O’Fallon School District 203 additional money until the school administrators and school board take advantage of all the savings in the school district’s budget.

Letters to the Editor

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Letter to the editor writer Michael Gelatka, the president of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, says they are using Problem Gambling Awareenss Month to draw attention to the needs of players with addiction and other challenges and highlighting their partnership to help bring the state’s hotline services into the 21st Century with texting and a live chat counseling services.

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Who has really invested in the city?

Letter to the editor writer Roger Wigginton, an 8th Ward alderman in Belleville, IL, says that Michelle “Shelly” Schaefer, is by far the best candidate for Ward 5 alderman because she has invested in the city by serving on school boards and helping the future of the city by teaching its children, while candidate Michael Hagberg has only done one thing for the city — voted to dissolve Belleville Township.

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We pay more and earn less

Letter to the editor writer Keith Schell of Belleville, IL says that the reason there is a mass exodus of Illinoisans to neighboring states and the highest nagative population growth in the United States of America is because we have some of the highest property taxes and sales taxes in the nation, and that citizens should vote no on the two 1 percent sales tax referendums on the April 4, 2017 ballot because we need tax relief, not more taxes.

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You need to research this

Letter to the editor writer Dennis Kaufmann of Belleville, IL says that reading Belleville, IL Ward 1 Alderman Candidate Lillian Schneider’s remarks on supporting either 1 percent sales tax referendums on the April 4, 2017 ballot was confusing because she said claims to know how to cut waste but then says she’ll research the options.

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Your municipality takes care of your roads

Letter to the editor writer James E. Hursey, the Independent candidate for St. Clair Township Highway Commissioner in southern Illinois, address a false statement that was circulated in a mailer sent out by current St. Clair County Township Highway Commissioner John “Skip” Kernan and stated what he will do if he becomes the new St. Clair County IL Township Highway Commissioner.

Letters to the Editor

Taking away the power of the purse strings

Letter to the editor writer Phil Rozenski of Shiloh, IL says to vote no to keep school funding discussions between school boards and residents where it belongs, because each district still has the power to raise money through property taxes and they don’t need a sales tax as well.

Letters to the Editor

Will use funds from sales tax with great care

Letter to the editor writer Sister Julia Huiskamp of East St. Louis, IL says that a sales tax is the best way to raise funds for education because property taxes are too high and the state cannot be counted on, and that District 189 will use the funds given to them with the greatest care.

Letters to the Editor

Every vote counts

Letter to the editor writer Helen M. Hawkins, the Nameoki Township Town Clerk, says that early voting for the April 4, 2017 election began February 23, 2017 and that every vote really does count in the election, as she won by 16 votes.

Letters to the Editor

Consider change

Letter to the editor writer Mark Bagby, a Stookey Township candidate in southern Illinois, says that Stookey Township residents have a choice on April 4, 2017 to make positive changes in their community.

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Mayor Mark Eckert

Letter to the editor writer Paula R. Badger of Fairview Heights, IL says that after having read many letters to the editors, she believes some have legitimate concerns, but many see the glass as half empty and she sees the glass as half full and sees and appreciates the changes Belleville, IL Mayor Mark Eckert has put made to the city of Belleville in southern Illinois.

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