I would personally like to congratulate Nick Menn and all the other people involved in the fourth annual Hero Inside Day which promotes a better understanding of ways to address the problems connected with heroin and to draw attention to the negative impact it can have on so many people and their families.
Absentee voting is now called “Vote by Mail.” The East St. Louis Board of Elections had 3,647 application requests for “Vote by Mail” ballots in the March 15 General Primary Election. According to the unofficial vote totals received by the Board of Elections, 2,618 “Vote by Mail” ballots were actually turned in. The precinct that had the highest number of “Vote by Mail” ballots were Precinct 1 with 370 returned. This precinct includes the Gompers Homes and is the largest precinct in the city. Precinct 25 was second with 216 returned. Precinct 2 was third with 194 returned. Precinct 20 was fourth with 175 returned and Precinct 12 was fifth with 160 returned.
I would say the majority of people say that laws are necessary and sometimes too restrictive or over-reaching; but, used in the right manner they can encourage or discourage public spending, business activities and activities of the populous. So, where are these carrot sticks for raising the economy?
To Belleville News-Democrat readers I apologize for writing this letter. As so often in the past, Frankie Seaberry on April 17 totally misses the mark. I do not write letters willy nilly to bash President Obama.
The Highland Arts Council thanks the community of Highland for their overwhelming support of the Treehouse Gallery concept. The Art Affair attendees and additional donors helped us to match the $10,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Affair showcased the performing arts with performances by Highland Community Chorus dancers from I-Move, Ninth & Washington singers, Willie Edwards, flutist, Keith Jozsef, magician, and students from Triad drama class. The silent auction offered 63 items donated by over 50 artists and businesses. Hors de’oeuvres from Urban Farmhouse were delicious and complimentary wine finished the menu.
Dear “City Violations”: Thanks for taking your curiosity trip down our upgraded road here on Green Ridge Heights Road off of Old Lincoln Trail. Those living here for 30 years and much longer were tired of our basements flooded by rainwater not properly drained, delivery trucks unable to make deliveries, but, thankfully, we have not had a case when an emergency vehicle could not make it down the street due to the below-standard street width.
Asking Illinois taxpayers to pay more to support investments in the roads and bridges they travel on every day is a real challenge, as evidenced by the recent attention given to proposals to increase the state gas tax and to ask drivers to pay for the miles they travel. The state’s ongoing budget stalemate is doing nothing to ease taxpayer frustration.
Maybe someone can enlighten me on a couple of things because I am not the sharpest pencil in the box. First and foremost is the Wounded Warrior project. I think it is a great endeavor and necessary, but why should it be? This is a slap in the face to this country’s veterans. This great country is responsible to take 100 percent care of our veterans whether it be injury received by any of this country’s conflicts or illness such as Agent Orange, mental breakdowns, etc. I do think we are on the right path to correct this with leaders like Congressman Mike Bost and his staff stepping in and making this country aware.
To writer Frankie Seaberry, if you want to believe Obama is such a saint, can never do anything wrong, so be it. He is none of those things. Maybe you and many others are doing better since he took office, but there are millions not doing better. They are either doing the same or worse. I guess they don’t matter to you or other Democrats just so long as you all get what you want.
In a book “Scorpions,” the author elaborates on the contention in the Supreme Court of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. The title is based on a quote from a law clerk of judge Felix Frankfurter who said, “The Supreme Court is nine scorpions in a bottle.”
One of the tricks that our government has successfully played on us is the illusion of numbers. If on Tax Day, the government said you had to send them a check for $40,000, they know you would demand to know where that money was going to be used, but since they take $100 here and there, we don’t feel the big pain and just let it go.
Dottie West sang of country sunshine. Us kids daydreamed the difference. The town folks called the town country too. Well the farmers plowed, mowed hay and the sudden rain it surely smelled different. Then the birds and wildlife the wild sunsets and that which old Route 13 brought it surely was different.
After reading the column by Leonard Pitts Jr. recently, it amazes me how someone so full of hate for people who don’t agree with them can go out of their way to justify that hatred. It is quite embarrassing to read and I certainly feel sorry for him.
PETA wants Illinois residents to get out and hunt. It’s morel mushroom-hunting season, which means that with a sharp eye and perseverance, you can find tasty, meaty meals on the forest floor (“Morel mushroom hunting is here,” April 15).
On April 4, Belleville News-Democrat headlines stated there will be no “do-over” for the proposed NGA site in St. Clair County. There were several inconsistencies in the NGA report but in the end, it didn’t matter.
I see they let the village idiot out of his cage (a.k.a. Jim Walters). I believe all the God-fearing, redneck, second amendment people should let the Belleville News-Democrat know what a real time foil hat writer this person is. He does not have both oars in the water and should not insult people. He spews more mindless drivel than any other person.