Editorials

Editorials

Wishing you a happy belated benefit day

Granite City steel workers get late hope for benefit extension

Slim hope unemployment cash will come any time soon

State can’t control steel markets, but can control job climate

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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.

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Watch him pull a receipt out of his hat

East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver W. Hamilton first spent $84,970 on a township credit card, now fails to disclose more than $225,250 in contracts with local governments. Interesting that he didn’t report the very type of political insider income targeted by economic disclosure law, but sure he has a good explanation for prosecutors.

Videos

Legends of the Dome brings former Rams players to St. Louis for charity

Autograph sessions, pictures with players before the last football game at the Dome.
Tim Vizer tvizer@bnd.com
Legends of the Dome brings former Rams players to St. Louis for charity 1:17

Legends of the Dome brings former Rams players to St. Louis for charity

Legends of the Dome: Rams players play flag football 1:08

Legends of the Dome: Rams players play flag football

Former St. Louis Rams quarterback, two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner throws TD pass to Clifton Crosby 0:20

Former St. Louis Rams quarterback, two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner throws TD pass to Clifton Crosby

Rams Hall of Fame inductee Orlando Pace talks about the final game at the dome 1:05

Rams Hall of Fame inductee Orlando Pace talks about the final game at the dome