In the May 5 edition of the Belleville News-Democrat, Sen. Durbin said, he asked his friend Obama to stay out of the decision for locating the NGA in Illinois. Later in the same story, Durbin said he did not believe Obama got personally involved, though politics may have been involved at a lower level.
The decriminalization of marijuana will encourage some who want it for medical purposes to go outside the system and risk paying a $200 fine instead of going through the red tape laden and not inexpensive process of getting approved for state issued medical marijuana. The editorial board makes a valid point there. The ease of access to legal medical marijuana needs to be improved.
Though pop and rap are not my favorite type of entertainment, I enjoyed the Sunday TV showing of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. What a fantastic tribute to Prince! Madonna should be congratulated for her spectacular portrayal and outstanding performance in the closing act.
I have completed my budget for the coming year and have figured out that I am about $700 in income short of what I want to spend so I have decided that, to compensate for that shortage, I am going to deduct that amount from my property taxes. Isn’t that how St. Clair County works things? Figure out how much you want to spend and then “appropriate/exact” that amount from the taxpayers?
The recent induction of six former fast-pitch softball players into the Belleville City League Hall of Fame featured deserved recognition. Those inducted on May 18 at the Fairview Heights Knights of Columbus were Ron Ames Jr., Jim Collins, George Hoffmann, Mike Rakers, Ron Steen and Charlie Summers.
Regarding the Sunday, May 22 article about autism research by Faye Flam, Bloomberg View: In 1971 a friend, wife of a medical resident, was told her son was autistic because he had a cold mother who failed to make an emotional attachment to him — the belief at the time. As you can imagine, it nearly destroyed her with grief and guilt.
For those who want to blame Gov. Rauner already for things going wrong in Illinois, in the May 19 paper, there was an article about Gov. Rauner in Fairmont City talking to employees, about stuff, found out there was even a video on the meeting, which I watched. The people who met with Gov. Rauner complained about how many businesses from Illinois are moving out because of taxes.
Known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder, substance abuse and mental health issues frequently occur together. In fact, 80 percent of individuals with addiction issues have a co-occurring mental health issue according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
During the Vietnam War, Gen. Westmoreland decided to use “body count” as a metric of success to show we were winning the Vietnam War. The clueless news media would read or print the North Vietnam soldier estimated body count for every major initiative to demonstrate the United States was winning the war through attrition. Unfortunately, we all know how sadly that turned out.
When these holier-than-thou celebrities boycott North Carolina and cancel scheduled appearances because they disagree with its politicians on who can use a bathroom, who do they think they hurt the most? They hurt the fans who bought tickets, the concession workers, security officers, employees of all the vendors, the hotel and restaurant employees, the transportation employees, etc. In other words, the little guy who needs that income to support themselves and their families.
As the superintendent of the Granite City schools, I would like to clarify a few things in the recent article by Brian Brueggemann, on the analysis of the impact of Senate Bill 231. This bill currently is awaiting vote in the House.
Bill Malec’s letter on transgender is well stated, as far as it goes. But the problem is deeper and wider than bathrooms and locker rooms. I first saw it as the claim executive for the largest group health carrier in the area. We denied a claim from a man who desired to become a woman, since it was not an “illness or injury.” He sued, but our general counsel argued if he had the desire to become a chicken, 50,000 feather transplants would not have made him a chicken. (True story.) He sued again and we lost, but we never paid the claim.
Isn’t this amazing, in the Saturday, May 20, Belleville News-Democrat, I read that President Obama will leave behind a legacy as being the only president in the history of the United States to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
The state of Illinois is one heartbeat away from bankruptcy and the Illinois state workers’ union (AFSCME) has the audacity to demand 29 percent raises, cut in working hours, no contribution to their health care, five weeks of vacation and holidays. All these demands from state workers, who are already at the top of national state pay scales. If you can’t understand why the state is over $112 billion in debt and your property taxes are some of the highest in the nation, then you are either foolish or not very bright.
A frequent contributor recently opined: “Donald Trump is undoubtedly the least qualified individual to be the nominee of a major political party in the history of our country.” However, Trump has been an extraordinarily successful businessman. Since one of the primary presidential responsibilities is to manage the country, Trump has already shown himself to be a superbly competent executive.
It was disappointing to read that the long-awaited court martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, accused of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, has been delayed. The new date will move the proceedings to February 2017 and thus outside the purview of the current Commander-in-Chief.
Considering that lead in drinking water causes brain damage, the EPA should check the water in Highland. Highland has not just one, but two, tin foil hat wackos so extreme they should both star in the next “Dumb and Dumber” movie. Of course, I am referring to Hurbert Sigler and Roddy Riggs.
If it is a safety issue to have sprinkler systems in college living spaces, how can all these older homes get two years before the sprinkler systems have to be installed? If no concerns for the students, please care about the first responders. The firemen do have a family to go home to.
As the budget impasse in Illinois filters through public agencies, libraries find their wallets a little light. Two major revenue streams, property taxes and a per capita grant, may have lasting effects.
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