Editorials

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.

Editorials

Mr. Daiber goes to Springfield, in his dreams?

Madison County, Illinois, near St. Louis MO, regional school superintendent wants to be the Illinois governor. Money, name recognition, political patrons are all lacking, but he has the same right as anyone and is no less a candidate than anyone.

Editorials

Defining their character through successes of others

Two local leaders have found success by mentoring and drawing out the leadership abilities of others in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. Gloria Crowder builds volunteer leaders based from her Belleville, IL, neighborhood. Gen. Darren McDew builds military leaders from his base at Scott Air Force Base.

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Three little words from local news media: Tell the truth

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert’s actions regarding convicted felon and accused murderer David Fields are contained in public records. State and county leaders denied a news reporter’s request for those records, prompting a lawsuit by the News-Democrat in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act expects public bodies to err on the side of disclosure.

Editorials

When the police chief can’t tell right from wrong

Three police chiefs from East St. Louis, IL, near St. Louis, MO, have been convicted of theft. The first two went to prison, but Michael Floore was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor because of prior good deeds and his promise to help investigators in other cases. If other corruption is uncovered, great, but there would have been value in making an example of a good chief gone wrong.

Editorials

What are the chances of getting that second chance?

Concealed carry stopped an armed robbery and ended the life of one young man whose bad choices stopped the possibility of a second chance. A former inmate got a second chance and became a prosecutor. You have to wonder whether a departing nun’s treatment of youngsters in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, as being ‘someone valuable’ would have made a difference in that first lost life, whether a similar faith was part of the redemption in that second life or who will tell the youngsters they have value after she leaves.

Editorials

Coffee with a Cop is a way to build community

Police officers and deputies from Belleville, IL Swansea, IL and the St. Clair County IL Sheriff’s Department had coffee with older residents recently. The community conversation ranged from dog waste to derelict houses and was a good effort to build relationships with residents.

Editorials

Science fair to middlin’ means it is time to try something new

Belleville School District 118, in southern IL near St. Louis MO, is dropping its science fair. The countywide Greater Belleville Science Fair also is no more. Dropping interest led local educators to end the student competitions to experiment and display their results in science. Local schools are replacing the fairs with family science events.

Videos

Alorton boxer wins St. Louis Golden Gloves title

Larry Wade, 27, of Alorton, IL, took up boxing in 2011 after the death of his mother. After three exhibition fights, he won his first bout and the St. Louis, MO Golden Gloves novice division super heavyweight title.
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Alorton boxer wins St. Louis Golden Gloves title 2:03

Alorton boxer wins St. Louis Golden Gloves title

Local couple owns Peace by Piece Co. women's clothing and jewelry store 1:29

Local couple owns Peace by Piece Co. women's clothing and jewelry store

O'Fallon Drury Inn & Suites completes renovation 0:39

O'Fallon Drury Inn & Suites completes renovation

Madison Fire Department builds solar panel array with grant money 2:02

Madison Fire Department builds solar panel array with grant money