Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

What ever happened to the belief “I disagree with what you say but will defend your right to say it with my life”? This was the belief when I was growing up (now 72). It now seems many believe you do not have the right to say anything I disagree with and I have the right to stop you even to the point of violence and even murder. I hate to see this happen to such a wonderful country.

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A little police presence would be appreciated

I just got home from work at Schnucks in Waterloo, and as I was leaving town a motorcycle sped past me doing at leased 90 mph. I was going just over 55, and everyone is passing me like I’m just sitting there. I would like to know where the county PD is. This stretch on Route 3 between Waterloo and Columbia is dangerous enough without having these crazy idiots on the road. A little police presence especially between 5 and 7 p.m. would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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She wouldn’t lie about such a thing, would she?

Well, well, well. The Donald should have smooth sailing with everything that he wants to accomplish with his administration, now that Nancy Pelosi has proclaimed from the floor of the House, that she prayed for the success of the Trump presidency. It’s full steam ahead with his agenda. After all, if the leader of the Democrat Party in the House of Representatives has given her support for Trump, the rest of the Democrats of the House, who wouldn’t dare oppose their party leader, should fall in line as she supports his endeavors. I mean, you don’t pray to the Heavenly Father for something and then ardently fight against what you have just prayed for. You have to take her for her word that she did indeed pray that Donald Trump’s presidency be successful. After all, she wouldn’t lie about such a thing, would she?

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County justice system may have missed opportunity to stop shooter

Our county justice system may have missed an opportunity to deny the Alexandria shooter the ability to legally have any firearms. Despite my pro-Second Amendment stance, there are legal restrictions on some owning a weapon. The subject was charged with domestic battery and appeared in court, but at one of the court hearings, the “witness” did not show up for trial. However, did the second witness not show up? If neither of them showed up, did the prosecuting attorney request a continuance to subpoena the two witnesses (if this was before the unfortunate death of the one witness)? Could the trial have proceeded with officer testimony or any other witness (neighbor or bystanders)? Had he been convicted of domestic battery, it’s likely the federal Lautenberg Amendment, Title 18 USC, Section 922,(g)(8), would prohibit his possessing a FOID card and the ability to legally possess and buy weapons and ammunition. The amendment also applies to anyone who has a protective order issued by a court against them for domestic battery or assault.

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Imagine what Medicare would cost if only the sick had it

So, you think health insurance premiums are high now? Eliminate the individual mandate penalty, and people who think they are healthy won’t buy insurance. Guess who’d be left to buy insurance? People who really need it and will use it. Guess how high premiums will skyrocket then! Can you imagine what Medicare would cost if only the sick had Medicare? Medicare for all is the answer, but it takes statesmen and women, not politicians, to make it happen.

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Treating African-Americans like helpless idiots is counterproductive

When will black people be held accountable for the human slaughter emanating from black communities? Continuing to treat African-Americans like helpless idiots is counterproductive. When Caucasians buy banquet tickets or contribute monetarily to the colored people’s organization, what are they buying? Everyone surely knows that integration is not the panacea. Some responsibilities cannot be run away from or integrated as euphemistically referenced. Many of us seem ignorant of black history from the end of the Civil War until now. Blacks strenuously object to statues commemorating Confederate generals, but they are totally ignorant of the vitriol and viciousness directed at black people by Caucasians after slavery ended. Black people were routinely lynched, savage and brutal attacks on black people were common and the sadistic humiliation blacks were subjected to remains heartbreaking. Blacks must learn the meaning of “Jim Crow,” which referenced the hateful, tortuous treatment blacks were forced to endure. In many counties in Illinois, black people are duped into regularly voting for candidates of the political party known historically as the Jim Crow Party. Sadly, few blacks seem to know that in 1909 when the NAACP was founded, the Caucasians who financed it made a clear distinction between colored and black people. Caucasians favored colored people because many of them looked white; many of the same Caucasians often loathed black people. Black people must understand the Colored People’s agenda based solely on integration is no longer relevant.

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None compared to Scott Air Force Base’s 2017 airshow

The Metro St. Louis Area was treated to a great event on June 10 and 11, with the flawlessly run Scott Air Show. I have been to a number of these in years past, here and elsewhere, but none compared to this one for its quality and efficiency. The first pleasant surprise was, although my parking spot was a long way from the flight line, the available shuttle bus service more than made up for the distance as it took us almost all the way.

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Calling on Rauner to negotiate on the budget

As one of the most conservative Democrats in the Illinois House, I have spent my time as a state representative focusing not on partisan politics but on bipartisan solutions that support Southern Illinois values. My goal has always been to stand as a strong voice for Southern Illinois, and I am willing to work with anyone from any party toward that end, including the governor. However, Gov. Rauner has repeatedly shown that he prefers playing political games over working towards solutions for Illinois’ problems.

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Working together, we can save lives from drug addiction

Charles “Chas” Karidis, of Madison County, had dreams of being a husband and father, and making his mark on the world. He wanted to be a good role model for his younger brother, Niko. Sadly, these aspirations came to an end in November 2013 when Chas’ mom, Kari, received a phone call that no parent wants to receive. Kari, an assistant principal at Collinsville High School, learned that Chas had succumbed to a battle with heroin addiction just after his 23rd birthday.

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What does CBS stand for anyway?

Before the shock of Tom Hodgkinson’s baseball field attempted massacre had even worn off, up steps CBS evening news anchor Scott Pelley to the plate to take his cuts. He opined, “It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.”

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We are a long way from civility

To follow-up on my “When Will Civility Prevail?” — it was Madonna who spoke of thoughts in blowing up the White House. It was Kathy Griffin holding a fake bloody severed head resembling President Donald Trump in her hand. With William Shakespeare’s intent to address the consequences of violence, I’m not suggesting banning “Julius Caesar,” in Central Park, but I’m questioning their motive. With the three examples, would they have said or acted out such, if it were a President Barack Obama or a Hillary Clinton in the White House?

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