Opinion

Editorials

Political laser tag in Belleville misses; tax breaks look like a hit

A laser tag and indoor recreation and entertainment business in Belleville, IL, near St. Louis, MO, is planning a $3.36 million expansion. While a mayoral candidate took issue with tax breaks for it, the rest of the city leadership did not. Business incentives are sometimes proper, if the right economic development tools are employed.

Editorials

Catching wild cats may be kind, but ultimately how humane is it?

Volunteers in St. Clair County, IL, near St. Louis, MO, are trapping wild cats so they can be spayed or neutered. They then release and feed them, a practice the county is considering making legal. Controlling the feral cats is a way to combat disease and save wild species, acts that may be more humane than supporting wild kitties.

Letters to the Editor

There is no more money

Letter to the editor writer Phil Henning, of Smithton, IL, says that IFT Teachers Union President Dan Montgomery is a perfect illustration as to why the state of Illinois is in a huge budget mess.

Letters to the Editor

Get off your throne and get a grip

Letter to the editor writer Anne Harter, of Belleville, IL, says the Catholic Church needs to get off its throne and get a grip because the earth has changed so much and sacraments should be a celebration of life and not a punishment or reward.

Letters to the Editor

A disappointing decision

Letter to the editor writer David Momphard, of Collinsville, IL, says 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 disappointing.

Letters to the Editor

Disgusted BND ran McCoy’s DeVos cartoon

Letter to the editor writer Gabrielle Halko, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says she is disgusted by the BND’s choice to run Glenn McCoy’s editorial cartoon on Republican President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” with Ruby Bridges.

Letters to the Editor

Disappointed in local newspaper

Letter to the editor writer Robin Wheeler, of Belleville, IL, says he is disappointed in the Belleville News-Democrat, his local newspaper, for publishing an editorial cartoon by Glenn McCoy comparing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Ruby Bridges, the child to desegregated her school, and he can no longer trust his newspaper.

Letters to the Editor

More to come

Letter to the editor writer Russell C. Fette, of Collinsville, IL, says former President Barack Obama merely followed the actions that had been implemented and did not single-handedly fix the Great Recession.

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

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