Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Workers’ interests take a back seat in Illinois’ system

Christopher Hurley’s letter to the editor, “Weak oversight of workers’ comp insurers should be Illinois’ focus,” advances the false narrative that insurance company profiteering is the cause of expensive workers’ compensation insurance in Illinois. Hurley, a Chicago-based personal injury lawyer, is president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. His claim about profiteering is demonstrably false, and is an attempt to draw attention away from the real cost drivers that make Illinois home to the most expensive workers’ compensation system in the region. Illinois’ system drives manufacturers and workers out of the state while enriching personal injury attorneys like Hurley.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t re-elect Lemansky for Caseyville Township

Letter to the editor writer Claude T. Cable, of Fairview Heights, IL, says that Caseyville Township Trustee Jim Lemansky has had two grievances filed against him for creating a hostile work environment for the employees of the Caseyville, IL Township and that they would be better served if he were not re-elected.

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Bost is silent, avoiding constituents

Letter to the editor writer Terry Callahan, of O’Fallon, IL, says he’s tried to contact Illinois Republican Representative Mike Bost, of Murphysboro, IL, four times since November 2016 because he would like to know his position on the future of Medicare, but Bost will not answer.

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Vote “yes” for public safety in April

Letter to the editor writer James Daniels, of Springfield, IL, says no one likes tax increases, but St. Clair County will only remain an attractive place to live and work if there are enough deputies on the street to effectively enforce the law and that is why it’s important to vote “yes” for the public safety t1 percent tax increase in the April 4, 2017 election.

Letters to the Editor

A huge disservice to Southern Illinois

Letter to the editor writer Brad VanHoose, of Belleville, IL, says former United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton did a huge disservice to the people of Southern Illinois when he sealed from public view, 17 known Rule 35 Proffer pleas associated with the Michael Cook/Joe Christ case.

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Nothing but the best, right?

Letter to the editor writer Denise Ferguson, of Hutchinson, Kansas says BND editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy’s editorial cartoon on Republican President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” with Ruby Bridges was beyond rational thought.

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How to address idiocy

Letter to the editor writer William C. Curie, of Centreville, IL, says a particularly ignorant individual stated that former Democratic President Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America because he is black, and Curie says he has never heard such a ridiculous, ignorant statement.

Letters to the Editor

Opinions page is for original thoughts

Letter to the editor writer Bill Malec, of O’Fallon, IL, says that letter writer Lee Pitzer chose to copy and paste ideas from the Wall Street Journal in his letter to the editor, and Malec argues that the opinions pages should be a place for original thoughts.

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You have a right to defend yourself

Letter to the editor writer Gary Like, of Highland, IL, says he somewhat agrees with letter writer Tom Matzen, but disagrees with some of his policies and believes if someone verbally attacks you in the letters to the editor section, you have a right to defend yourself and the facts contained within your letter.

Letters to the Editor

Letters should have a 175-word limit

Letter to the editor writer David J. Busse, of Maryville, IL, says that the length of letters to the editor for the Belleville News-Democrat should have a 175-word limit, which will promote more judicious editing by writers and permit the publican of more letters.

Letters to the Editor

Way to go, hometown paper

Letter to the editor writer Maggie Eubanks, of Belleville, IL, says editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy’s comparison of Ruby Bridges and Republican President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in his editorial cartoon — a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” — is wrong, awful and ugly.

Letters to the Editor

DeVos cartoon is offensive, misrepresentative

Letter to the editor writer Rachelle Mee-Chapman, of Seattle, Washington, says editorial cartoonist Glenn McCoy’s comparison of Ruby Bridges and Republican President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in his editorial cartoon — a nod to the Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With” — is offensive and misrepresentative.

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There is no more money

Letter to the editor writer Phil Henning, of Smithton, IL, says that IFT Teachers Union President Dan Montgomery is a perfect illustration as to why the state of Illinois is in a huge budget mess.

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Get off your throne and get a grip

Letter to the editor writer Anne Harter, of Belleville, IL, says the Catholic Church needs to get off its throne and get a grip because the earth has changed so much and sacraments should be a celebration of life and not a punishment or reward.

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