Opinion

Editorials

Land of strippers, drugs needs knight or fairy godmother

Washington Park, IL, a village in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO., is impoverished and drastically losing population. If it is ever to be more than a haven for strippers and drug dealers, drastic action and concerted efforts are needed. Otherwise, the last one out should turn off the neon.

Editorials

Runnin’ on empty, beltway highway project crashes on junk heap

Opponents to turning Illinois 158 into an outer beltway that links Columbia, IL to Troy, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, have won and the proposal is dead. They gained a reprieve from the highway, but development will still come to our rural areas. The problem will be that the transportation infrastructure will not.

Letters to the Editor

How to stop terrorism

Letter to the editor Madison Ratay, with the Borgen Project, says President Donald Trump’s travel ban is extremely controversial and may or may not be effective and that there may be a different solution to our nation’s safety.

Letters to the Editor

We need to lead our leaders

Letter to the editor writer Joseph Reichert, of Belleville, IL, says in 2016, only 53.3 percent of us voted and if half were Republicans and half Democrats, — disregarding the others — it means that what we end up with is rule by 26.5 percent of citizens

Letters to the Editor

There are better ways than the oil pipeline

Letter to the editor writer Rita Cooper, of O’Fallon, IL, says oil pipelines are not the best idea because their could be a massive oil spill underground that could contaminate an aquifer that eight states depend on and that President Donald Trump is determined to destroy America to further enrich his billionaire friends.

Letters to the Editor

Different doesn’t always mean wrong

Letter to the editor writer David J. Busse, of Maryville, IL, says many people are complaining that President Donald Trump does things differently than other presidents, but Busse points out that just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Letters to the Editor

BND readers sound off on cartoon, Trump, township

Belleville News-Democrat readers in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, in St. Clair County, Madison County, Monroe County, Clinton County and Randolph County including the cities of Belleville, IL, Edwardsville, IL, O’Fallon, IL, Collinsville, IL, and East St. Louis, IL share opinions on the news nationally and in the southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO region.

Letters to the Editor

BND contradicts Black History Month’s struggle

Letter to the editor writer Helen Presley, of Wheaton, IL, says BND 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 inflammatory and that the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper contradicts Black History Month’s struggle.

Videos

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

Illinois Republican Governor Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks during a meeting with the Belleville, IL, News-Democrat Editorial Board in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with the BND Editorial Board 52:50

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

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Opinion: Preview the 'Madigan: Power, Privilege, Politics' documentary

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Lindenwood professor writes book on mother of Virgin Mary

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