It is of no surprise that Hillary Clinton was not indicted as a result of her e-mail scandal, even though most Americans believe that she should have been. Perhaps the chain of command in the justice system was why Hillary Clinton got off so easily.
With all the hullabaloo about the possibility of a small portion of Mrs. Trump’s convention speech being similar to a small portion of Mrs. Obama’s speech eight years ago, let’s remember the words and wisdom of Joe Biden (who was caught red-handed plagiarizing speeches): “What difference does it make?”
I am writing this on Day Three of the Republican National Convention. So far the convention has been chaotic, raucous, and somewhat disorganized. The convention is, unfortunately, a precursor to what a Trump presidency will be like. It would be disorderly, confusing, irregular, struggling, and generally messy. Trump’s campaign has evidenced all of this and we have yet to begin heavy duty campaigning. Trump could be elected president, by an electorate seeking change without realizing the consequences of placing a rank amateur, with no political experience, in charge of a huge political organization. The results will be pathetic execution of policy and the mundane tasks of government will be disorderly and in disarray.
Military Times recently released the results of their survey of presidential candidates conducted in early July. Over 66,000 subscribers received e-mail invitation to participate. Almost 2,000 completed the survey.
I am one of the 564,000 Illinoisans who signed the petition for the Independent Map Amendment. As an citizen of Illinois, I demand that state house and senate districts be drawn fairly, impartially, and transparently.
I just finished reading Kathleen Parker’s column in the Washington Post (I thought I subscribed to the News-Democrat but found out differently) comparing Trump to Hitler. Normally these Nazi references come from less than fully informed letter writers and internet posters but now from a syndicated columnist.
On Sept. 1, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a radio address as though we were actually then at war. He said: “The task of defeating Hitler may be long and arduous.” He furthermore added: “We shall do everything in our power to crush Hitler and his Nazi forces.”
Public figures of the 1950s did not fear Joe McCarthy himself, for he was a figure of little gravity outside of his “witch hunt.” What scared the mighty into cowering before McCarthy was the fervor of popular hysteria over communism, which we today recall as “the red scare.”
Ding! Ding! Ding! Prediction time! You may want to write this down so you don't forget. When the poll numbers begin to show that Hillary is losing ground to Trump in the race for the White House, every ad from the Trump campaign will be labeled by the Democrats as "a vicious attack" and "another example of the Republican's war on women". Count on it.
I just want to congratulate the editor at your paper for printing the article by Timothy Egan of the New York Times in the July 20 edition entitled “Obama’s Personal Touch is Evident.” I am sure many of your readers were upset by this article, but I thought it was wonderful and long overdue.
Police actions in Ferguson, Mo.; New York City, Baltimore, Baton Rouge and Minnesota have been in the news, and a few police officers have been seen using excessive force and shooting people. I believe a small number of police officers use excessive force, and these officers should be held accountable for their actions.
The 2016 autopsy of the Republican loss to Hillary hasn’t even begun and the GOP is already shooting themselves in the foot. The headline for a July 15, BND article was, “GOP encourages Bible courses in public schools.” The 1st Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law establishment of religion.” Unless the course encompasses all religions, this is nothing more than establishing Christianity. These people are just nuts.
I am pleased that Wally Spiers is writing a column for the BND again. His column reminds me of the old “Seinfeld” TV show ... a column about “nothing.” It is a pleasure to read something besides all the turmoil in the world. Wally makes me smile. Kudos to him!
Anti-Christian bigotry gets a lot of press in the Christian publications, but lets take a brief look at Christian bigotry against other Christians. It is far more deeply rooted and the result is you have over 32,000 ways to practice your brand of Christianity, this division has played havoc on the mission we are all about.
We narrow-minded men must take our minds and heads out of the sand. Look around at the conditions of the world, then come to the conclusion that our selfish, dominating, bigoted actions have been disastrously destructive.
We ask our police to serve and protect, but we made laws that don’t help. These silly laws to carry concealed weapons are crazy. We have our lawmakers to blame for most of these shootings. Who came up with the idea that if everyone is carrying a weapon that we would be safer?
Mr. Obama and his DOJ have decided to give Lois Lerner (former IRS) and now Hillary a legal pass on their multiple felony violations of Federal law. Essentially, DOJ’s application of prosecutorial discretion. A new legal precedent is now established and as the old military saying applies: “Rank has its privileges” (RHIP). Established laws are for the non-RHIP classes, the average citizen.
Highland Post 439 manager Harry Painter says stranded base runners, a demanding schedule and Quincy Post 37's bats cost them advancement at the Illinois American Legion Baseball State Baseball Tournament.
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