Editorials

Editorials

Grocer not responsible for your giving

Schnucks ended soliciting at their front door. The Salvation Army drew in big bucks, but instead of bemoaning the loss they set an example by being grateful for the donations collected in the past and figuring out a way forward for the charity.

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Curly needed a St. Clair County lawyer

An electrician who stood under a ladder at the Prairie State Energy Campus got a $9.4 million jury award after two workers came down the ladder and stepped on his head in 2010. When compensation for neck pain becomes a jackpot it earns our legal system its reputation as a judicial hellhole.

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Hoping pills prevent violence by veterans

Madison County and the local Veterans Assistance Commission have been locked in a legal battle since the vets’ administrator had a violent PTSD episode. The county is losing in court with more legal action to come, so maybe it is time to talk terms.

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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.

Videos

Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury

Althoff soccer junior Dillon Birdsong is helped off the field Saturday after suffering an ankle injury in the Crusaders' 6-2 loss to Marion in the third-place game of the Metro Cup Tournament's Nike Bracket at Belleville West.
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Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury

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