Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Veterans

I recently caught Hillary Clinton’s paid political ad on TV that was focused on our nation’s honored military veterans. In it she uses disabled veterans as props in a brazen attempt to disparage her opponent, Donald Trump, for his lack of “sacrifices.”

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Trumpsters

Dear Republicans: Trump has brought out too much hate from white America. As his polls rise, so does cops killing blacks. Cops even killing Black Panther leaders common black folk didn’t know existed. Yeah, American Nazism can’t wait for Trump to win.

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Follow-up

In response to Mr. Vail. I previously wrote that Mrs. Clinton is an Original Classification Authority that she should know what is and is not classified, which millions of us peons are taught is protecting “sources and methods.” On the issue of the Non-Disclosure Agreement form, my point was she testified she “did not recall” signing the form, which is incredulous as she was an OCA and you’d think she was trained on her OCA authority.

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Zero-tolerance

The Sept. 19 edition of the News-Democrat carried an article about “eliminating zero-tolerance” policies in schools. Once again, American schools have over-reacted and over-corrected for previous policy failures. Zero-tolerance has given way to infinite-tolerance.

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Change

If elected president, Donald Trump would not complete a four-year term of office. His attention span is too short. At the first sign of opposition he will quit and move on to his next huge project.

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Madison school district succeeds together

We all need to work together to build the schools our students deserve. This means we as teachers, parents, students, school administrators and the community must roll up our sleeves to solve our problems. I am the president of the Madison Federation of Teachers and I am proud to say that we signed a contract with the Madison Board of Education that is fair to everyone, especially our students and the community we serve. This was because we worked in partnership at the bargaining table. I would like to thank the school board, our community, Superintendent Dr. Warletta Brookins, the district’s negotiating team, Illinois Federation of Teachers Field Service Director Lana Turley and my team for achieving this goal.

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Disappointed

To Bill Malec, O’Fallon: I am also disappointed by your articles. You used all of the phrases for 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick’s reason for not standing for the playing of the National Anthem. Yet, you do not understand Kaepernick’s reason for not standing.

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Laos

President Obama’s trip to Laos dovetailed nicely with a book I recently read titled, “The Ravens — The Men Who Flew in America’s Secret War in Laos.”

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09-26-16 Sound-Off: Terrorist teen, Troy alderman’s drug charges

There is something in the paper about the terrorist teen, mostly the family’s comment that the defendant doesn’t believe the terrorist was intentionally assisting terrorism, but instead suffers from multiple mental illnesses. I suffer from mental illness also, and I would not begin to know how to contact a terrorist group. I think it is a good idea for Madison County’s State’s Attorney and that the grand jury indictment backs that up to keep him held and responsible for his actions.

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Find another way

I believe what makes America great is not winning wars. We have the capacity to destroy the entire Earth with our nuclear bombs, poison gas and germ warfare and other countries have or very soon will have the same powers. Please think about that — we have to find another way.

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Cemetery picnic

I recently accompanied a friend to place flowers on some loved ones’ graves at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Upon arrival, we encountered what seemed to be a funeral procession and had to make a detour.

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Religious freedom isn’t freedom to deny others

Why would religious freedom mean you can dictate dos and don’ts, should and shouldn’t to the rest of humanity? Why can’t religions be a catalyst to empowerment for oneself and each other? Why can’t it be a movement to level the playing field so that all are treated with dignity and respect and ensure people all over the world have the basics when it comes to health care, nutrition, housing and a safe environment in which to live? A place where there is Jew nor Greek, Christian nor Muslim, male nor female, black nor white, gay, straight nor transgendered, etc.?

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Don’t blame landlord

There have been a few articles in the BND recently about an apartment complex in Belleville that has been condemned because of unsafe or unsanitary living conditions in the building. The issues noted in the article were roach infestation, holes in walls, trash and junk around the buildings and dumpsters, and furniture and junk cars on the property, and non-working smoke detectors. Of all of these issues, only the latter can be attributed to the landlord, and even then things could have occurred after the tenant takes possession such as dead batteries or damage due to carelessness or vandalism.

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Helping less fortunate

Tom Keefe Jr. and his law firm admittedly give serious money to support favorite politicians, but less well known is his and their equally generous support for programs which help low-income, at-risk youth learn job skills and obtain high school and college educations.

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Flying the flag

Recently I have seen American flags flown in shades of blue for Blue Lives Matter. Just last week I saw a Facebook post again with the red, white, and blue replaced with the colors of the Chicago Bears. I like and support the police and I like da Bears but will all y’all stop mucking around with our American flag. It is red, white, and blue for a reason and should be so honored.

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Deplorable

I’m not quite sure if I’m going to be a voter that’s “deplorable,” but I’m certain that voting for Hillary would be much more horrible.

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Bosco center

On behalf of Caritas Family Solutions, I sincerely thank everyone associated with Belleville Helping Belleville Day — the committee, organizers and the volunteers who contributed to making the day a success. I appreciate the time that was spent making St. John Bosco Children’s Center a more kid-friendly place for the children to live.

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Food pantry

On behalf of the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, I wanted to extend our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of community support when we recently announced how bare our shelves had grown. This summer’s need was about 15 percent greater than last year’s so our usual seasonal lull in donations was amplified.

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Wow

To quote Hillary Clinton labeling Trump supporters, we were put in a basket of deplorables. We are by her definition: disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable, unpardonable, unforgiving, reprehensible, despicable, abominable, contemptible and heinous! We are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic! (I had to look up xenophobic just to see of what else I was accused.)

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SUV crashes into school bus in Caseyville

Drivers of both vehicles were injured on Tuesday night in a SUV-school bus crash at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Bunkum Road in Caseyville. No children were on the bus at the time of the crash, which happened around 7:15 p.m.
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SUV crashes into school bus in Caseyville 0:57

SUV crashes into school bus in Caseyville

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Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz says playing is one way to honor fallen friend Jose Fernandez

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Belleville teen makes her theater acting debut with a death scene

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Cards center fielder Randal Grichuk after rough night against Cincinnati