Editorials

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.

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Oh baby, is Oliver Hamilton in trouble

Before he spent $230,000 on an East St. Louis Township credit card, Supervisor Oliver W. Hamilton received $628,966 in contracts through an office managed by his son’s mother. When he needed to pay child support, he got a new title. Talk about coincidence

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Law to stop second violation by law

Illinois just passed a law that gives more rights to sexual assault victims and more responsibilities to police and prosecutors. Mandates are fine for setting policy, but the front lines of law enforcement must embrace the concept to give justice to more than three in 10 victims.

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Marriage of convenience in O’Fallon schools

An O’Fallon elementary school district is again wanting to discuss a merger with two elementary and the high school district. Good idea, but they really need an outside or higher force to get the others to go along with consolidation. Other St. Clair County school districts should also look at consolidation.

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Maybe we need Durbincare instead

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is leading the Congressional Democrats in an attack on the health insurance companies that are deciding Obamacare losses are too great. So do you blame the Affordable Care Act architects or the companies charged with following the feds’ assembly instructions?

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Scott Air Force Base gets a little more secure

The military’s $100 million investment in the Defense Information Systems Agency may not guarantee the future of Scott Air Force Base, but it sure doesn’t hurt. The facility is the center of the nation’s cyber defense and will bring more jobs to the area.

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Soooo embarrassed by public disclosures

When outsiders are required to point out or to fix a problem, you should question whether the local folks failed to notice or chose not to notice. When it is the FBI fixing the problem, embarrassment can turn into imprisonment.

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Local teens’ mettle worthy of medals

As the world watches 16-year-olds hit the pinnacles of their sports, it might be a good time to also look at local teens who are showing great promise but likely have yet to achieve what will one day make their community proudest. There are two teens in particular whose potential will be on display today.

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Custody cases must leave children whole

A recent Madison County child custody case underscores how weak grandparents are in custody battles with biological parents, as well as how the children’s needs are always paramount and should be — even to the legal combatants.

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Hoping township fruit baskets last

East St. Louis Township’s wasteful, corrupt operations just left frail seniors temporarily without their meals program. Maybe if the township supervisor wasn’t so busy spending $230,000 in tax dollars on car washes, trips to Vegas and steak dinners they would have properly run the program and not forced the costs to double at another agency.

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Caseyville Township’s costly divorce case

Caseyville Township trustees are at war with township Supervisor Bruce Canty. Tax dollars will be spent trying to resolve an issue that voters should resolve, offering another example of why the township layer of government is unneeded, wasteful and too often an embarrassment.

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O’Fallon schools exercise their options

O’Fallon Elementary District 90 intends to again seek a waiver from Illinois so that it can limit physical education for younger students to one class once a week. The fiscal and physical limits that likely lead them to this decision again argue for consolidating the three elementary districts that feed into O’Fallon Township High School.

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Business investment can be taxing

Cities looking to boost economic development have tax breaks and sales tax mechanisms they can use that do not last 23 years, do not rob from other taxing bodies such as schools and do not drive up property taxes. Belleville leaders seem to be getting the message that taxpayers are weary of tax increment financing.

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Could Scott Air Force Base just fly away?

As we approach the 100-year anniversary of Scott Air Force Base being part of this community, we would do well to remember that the nation’s excess military capacity could have a real impact on this area. What we do now will decide whether base closings will benefit or damage Scott.

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Acting like they care about affordability

After a three-month delay, Illinois insurance regulators just disclosed Affordable Care Act plan rates are up as much as 45 percent. Now they want people to scramble to comment during the next few weeks in the hope that health insurers will decrease rates. Good luck with that.

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Pouting is rarely a public service

Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook and Mayor Mark Eckert are feuding over putting city records online. The issues are real, but letting petulant personalities get in the way of public service is a waste.

Videos

Cat, art work rescued by firefighters near McKendree U

Matthew Berberich, fire chief of the Lebanon-Emerald Mound fire department, talks about an old house burning at the corner of West St. Louis and Chamberlain streets. The historic neighborhood is near McKendree University.
Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com
Cat, art work rescued by firefighters near McKendree U 1:14

Cat, art work rescued by firefighters near McKendree U

Veterans, friends honor soldier at visitation 0:33

Veterans, friends honor soldier at visitation

East St. Louis High School football practice 0:37

East St. Louis High School football practice

Stone sculptor Paul Bayer is one of 100 artists at Midwest Salute to the Arts 2:05

Stone sculptor Paul Bayer is one of 100 artists at Midwest Salute to the Arts