Editorials

Editorials

Driven to stop DUIs in Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights Police handle 231 DUI arrests in 2015

Numbers show concerted effort compared to neighbors

Dedication required in face of abusive drunks, paperwork

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Belleville needs to get its housing in order

Belleville’s City Council members seemed oblivious that a full, $60 housing inspection was being conducted on newlyweds. Tenants of the Rob Nora Apartments were oblivious city inspectors found hazards 8 months ago. City’s priorities need inspection.

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Wishing you a happy belated benefit day

Democrats gathered in the Granite City steelworkers’ union hall to promise to try to extend their unemployment benefits another 6 months. Leaders would better serve the workers by passing reforms that will bring job growth to Illinois.

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Penny for their thoughts on property tax cuts

School administrators in St. Clair County appear to be backing away from seeking a 1 cent sales tax in November that would benefit school construction and debt from it. Delaying until April gives them a chance to figure out how an angry electorate will respond unless the message is the sales tax will help bring down property taxes.

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Too much thinking may be bad for voters

The Independent Maps Amendment took an expected setback when a Cook County judge sided with Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan this week. Next stop is the Illinois Supreme Court on whether voters get a say on who should draw state lawmakers’ districts.

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Raising a glass of cheer on West Main

Belleville’s $2.49-million investment in a 1970s-era shopping center is also sprouting other commercial development on West Main Street. While it would be nice to know details of the developer’s plan, there is enough excitement around the project to raise expectations and hopes.

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Taxation appeals without representation

The Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal was intended to help taxpayers face the state Department of Revenue, but there are no friendly faces to find south of Chicago. Missteps found in a state audit beg questions about just who the tribunal is serving.

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More vets deserve chance to heal

Madison County’s success with veterans court argues for expanding it elsewhere in Illinois. In addition to working, the system is cost-effective and vets throughout Illinois deserve the opportunity to fix their lives.

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Obamacare loses another limb in Illinois

Illinois’ health insurance coop just became the 16th of 24 to fail and Democratic leaders are pressing for greater government involvement. The natural end is government becoming the single payer, but multiple health care industries will die in the process of trying to cover a few more Americans.

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Welcome to Civilsuitville, pop. 24,754 defendants

Collinsville is seeng the lawsuits fly over former city manager Scott Williams and the investigations into the mayor getting free dirt and a councilwoman using city accounts for personal purchases. The only sure losers are Collinsville taxpayers, who will be stuck with the legal bills.

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Why Johnny can’t test in Illinois

Illinois again has decided to change the standardized test given to high school students. All these test changes stop people from making comparisons to see how well, or how poorly, students and schools are doing.

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Black-white issues require gray matter

The simplistic idea that killing cops will stop cops from shooting black people is abhorrent, but that extremely binary, white-black view is also a cousin to how too many people see the world. Communities and police must get comfortable with the complexities of solving problems in the gray middle ground in order to make more racial progress.

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The Blob that ate your democracy

Challengers failed to stop a push to ask voters in November whether Madison County’s maximum property tax rate should be dropped from 25 cents to 20 cents per $100 assessed valuation. Democracy wins, and now both sides need to try to convince voters whether county government needs the extra money or not.

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Fake it until you make it to Springfield

Two East St. Louis City Council members finally showed up for a budget vote, but voted no on moves that would allow contractors to be paid and help get eyesores cleaned up. Inaction on a budget? Who do they think they are, the State of Illinois?

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Facebook wants to delete this post

Mark Zuckerberg wants to focus Facebook’s news feed on friends and family and downplay independent media, but his motives are suspects after revelations that Facebook suppressed conservative content. Whether ideology or money is behind the move, “hands off” would be a better way to treat content.

Videos

Farm boys go all daredevil for combine demolition derby

Craig Benhoff saw his brothers having fun welding their old farm combines into metal hulks that could take a hit in demolition derbies. Here he works to prepare for the Madison County Fair's combine demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Highland, but says all the prep is just so he can get to the event and experience that first hit.
dholtmann@bnd.com
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