Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Mediterranean diet may help, but does not work miracles

I read with interest the recent article about the Mediterranean diet and its health benefits. While I think it is helpful to explore the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s the combination of nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement leads to the biggest health benefits.

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When will this ever end?

Why would County Board Chairman Mark Kern, County Democrat leader Robert Sprague and two attorneys donate a total of $11,500 to a mayoral candidate in an impoverished village of 2,000? The Census Bureau reports 40 percent of the residents are children under the age of 18, leaving 1,200 adults. Using a generous figure of 30 percent voter turnout in the consolidated election, or 360 voters, these leading Democrats spent a remarkable $31.94 per vote for a village with a 40 percent poverty rate. All of us need to ask why these officials and attorneys spent so much money on a mayoral race in Alorton. Now the newly elected mayor wants a new car. What’s next? A no-limit American Express card, dinners at Ruth’s Chris, trips to Las Vegas, mayoral conferences in swell hotels, unbalanced books and ending with the FBI once again taking out boxes of records from the Village Hall? When will this ever end?

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Sound-off has reached a new low

Sound-off reached a new low April 17. One letter ran on into the next letter, and the next one into the next. It was very difficult to figure out where one ended and the next began. I thought it was your job to make the newspaper easier to read, not more difficult! I know you’re trying to save space and minimize printing costs, but this is crazy!

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I commend Trump for trying to rebuild military

I commend President Donald Trump for initiating a program to rebuild our military with a defense budget increase of $54 billion, but it should be decreased by $1.3 billion, and the $1.3 billion added to the Coast Guard budget within the Department of Homeland Security so it is not cut by $1.3 billion.

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The recession of 2008 will look like a walk in the park

I take issue with a letter from Lee Pitzer. He states that we owe Barack Obama our gratitude for a job well done. I guess I don’t see things with rose-colored glasses like Pitzer. When Obama was elected in 2008 he promised to change Washington and unite America. Nobody would argue this country is united. In fact the turmoil of Obama’s years reminds me of the unrest of the 60s civil rights movement. This turmoil helped get Donald Trump elected. Maybe Trump should send Obama a thank you note. And anyone who thinks he changed Washington for the better needs to stop drinking the Obama Kool-Aid.

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Show your support during National Police Week

This week (May 15-21) is National Police Week, an important time for us to show our support for our local law enforcement officers. A particular area of importance to us in which the police play a vital role is stopping methamphetamine production in Illinois. Meth has poisoned our communities for far too long, tearing families apart and bringing nothing but heartache to everyone it touches.

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Obama’s ‘too little, too late’ policies

Writer Lee Pitzer would have you believe that I am some simple-minded moron who doesn’t have a clue about war and contingency planning. It was some years ago, but I designed and wrote the first computer programs for war and contingency planning in the military when I was Chief of the Command and Control Automation Systems Division in the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, HQs Military Airlift Command (MAC). A number of times I represented MAC at the Joint Chiefs of Staff war planning sessions and studies where the MAC Automated War Planning System was used.

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‘Affordable’ Care Act is not affordable

I am sad to hear Sarah Borgstede’s story. But now, sadly, the unaffordable, unusable insurance of which she speaks has now been inflicted on all of us. Have you checked the price of so-called health insurance on the exchanges? $14,000 per year for a family, with a deductible close to $10,000. What good is that kind of “coverage”?

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Kennedy will make Illinois the best place to call home

It is my honor and pleasure to support and endorse Chris Kennedy for governor for the state of Illinois. I have been inspired by the Kennedy’s commitment to public service. And Chris Kennedy is no exception! I was fired-up after attending a meet and greet in Caseyville, Illinois, where Kennedy spoke! I had a sense of pride and enthusiasm listening to him. Kennedy wants to restore the American dream to the people of Illinois! He has the background and leadership abilities to rescue Illinois from its current state.

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A matter of life or death

The dog in Washington Park, Illinois who was reportedly left chained under the deck of a vacant house after her owner died five years ago — and chewed off her foot to survive before finally being rescued — is another reminder why dogs should not be tethered.

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Flynn had more character than Obama

The Liberals have gone through all of the rules set down by Saul Alinsky, but even though it broke people in the past and they gave up, President Donald Trump remains strong and more ready to fight. When he picked another strong character person for a cabinet position, they panicked. General Michael Flynn wouldn’t bow to Barack Obama and knew some evil secrets he planned for the people of the U.S., #13 rule was applied, pick a target, freeze it polarize it, and cut off support network and isolate. Flynn had more character than Obama, and that scared him – he had to try to destroy him. The General, respecting the commander-in chief Trump, recused himself from consideration. See the character that Obama feared?

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Thanks for a moving law enforcement memorial service

It was an honor to attend the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department’s 35th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service with Doug Jameson, our County Republican Central Committee chairman. It was a very moving service with the sharp Fairview Heights police department Honor Guard and the St. Louis County police bagpipe detail. It was great to hear CMSgt (Retired) Bob Ellison sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in his still-rich voice. I first heard him sing back in 1984 when he was the lead vocalist for the Military Airlift Command Band of the Midwest. Master Sergeant Jose Favela led a contingent of sharp Air Force security forces from Scott and participated in reading the names of the fallen peace officers in St. Clair County since 1908 as well as those lost in the Global War on Terrorism along with members of the sheriff’s department. Thanks to Sheriff Rick Watson and his deputies and staff for a professional and moving ceremony remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the public.

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