Time for Democrats to rethink their positions
Calling our president names such as “Hitler” and “Fascist,” and his middle-class supporters “deplorables;” Open borders – let in just about anyone who can get here; Black Lives Matter, founded on the provable lie of “Hands up, don’t shoot;” preventing just about any Conservative from speaking on a publicly funded college campus; nearly nominating Bernie Sanders, an out and out Socialist; disrupting Republican rallies with violence, yet not one Democratic rally has been disrupted by Republicans; despicably ugly partial birth abortions whereby the baby’s skull is sometimes crushed; oppose limitations on Muslim immigration despite all terrorists so far being Muslims; political correctness despite the rest of the country hating it; mocking Donald Trump’s wall despite the spectacular success of Israel’s 440-mile long wall to keep out Palestinian terrorists, the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall in England, now a UN World Heritage Site.
Don’t you think it’s time to rethink your positions?
Bill Nunes, Glen Carbon
Indivisible groups don’t get money from Indivisible Project
Let’s keep this short and sweet, shall we? Phil Henning doesn’t seem to understand the difference between a national and local organization. Yes, The Indivisible Project is a 501(c)(4) that receives funding from various groups. But the Indivisible 12th does not receiving any funding from The Indivisible Project or any other group. They are on their own. And, yes, any income will have to be disclosed publicly since the Indivisible 12th is also a 501(c)(4). So, Phil, how about you save your letters for the day when you have actual proof, rather than spewing conspiracy theories like the BND is the National Enquirer.
Shannon Russell, Belleville
And they want us to believe polls are unbiased
I recently was invited to respond to a live political inquiry per my landline phone. I responded to the questions and as soon as it became evident I was a Donald Trump supporter, the interviewer cut me off with “That’s all — we have no need to continue — we have enough information from your group.”
She didn’t even say good-bye or thanks; she just hung up on me. We wonder why reports of polls always seem to be skewed in favor of the Liberals. The techniques of those collecting only the desired responses are quite clever; they feed us the results of those “unbiased” polls and we’re expected to believe them. Roger that!
Sandy Dickens, Freeburg
This page is proof there’s no intelligent life
“We gave up looking for intelligent life. Now we just search for entertaining stupidity.” – space aliens in the Sept. 11, 2017, Frank and Ernest cartoon.
Unfortunately, they might look no further than the BND letter section. Honorable mention to Gene Robke and a handful of less prolific writers for their summer campaign of predictable malarkey. Seldom do these armchair pundits let critical thinking or veracity impede their political prejudices. Nor do they appear remotely cognizant of throwing stones from glass houses.
Armed with ideological talking points and biased “just type in” Internet searches/sources of unverified quality in their quest to certify their beliefs instead of comprehending issues in their entirety, their letters (have been proven to and still) unavoidably sidestep, misstep, spin, muddle, and exhibit a line of reasoning that, at times, rivals the inane discourse of The Three Stooges. Demonstrating only, perhaps, that their breadth of knowledge, depth of understanding, and subject matter awareness extends no further than the pigeonholes in which partisans usually park their wits.
Meanwhile at their expense, chuckles and roll-on-the-floor laughs for BND readers.
Of course, all are entitled to their opinion. If you don’t like someone or something, fine. Just say so and leave it there, so as not to make public your biased, know-nothing buffoonery.
But as those pontificators of poppycock and hypocrisy will no doubt continue to make exemplary fools of themselves, there will be little difficulty locating comical senselessness on planet Earth.
Mars Eghigian, Belleville
Hate freedom? Go to Cuba
The Liberals are worried that people are not following them like sheep; therefore, the shadow government puts out the idea of civil war, then establishes their progressive style government. George Soros has funded this in other countries and got richer by governments failing. He has picked Barack Obama and Clintons to foster this idea of civil war. The Socialists don’t understand why the American people have not accepted this form of government in the past.
That’s why America is special!! We love a government of, by, and for the people. Not for the government nanny state.
Do you really want to lose your freedoms? If you do, go to Cuba, Iran, other countries like that for a trial.
If you want to save your way of life, fight for it. If you don’t want to follow the laws we have – GET OUT.
John Schrand, Belleville
Spend less on military, more on people
Six Republican Members of Congress from Missouri – Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long and Jason Smith – all voted against relief for survivors of Hurricane Harvey. One hundred Republican House members nationwide voted against the relief and they will probably vote against aid for survivors of Hurricane Irma as well.
They voted no because they said the aid was not offset by cuts in domestic spending. They want to cut Medicaid, which pays for nursing home care for the elderly, and also school lunch programs and Head Start. In addition, they want to cut drug rehabilitation and mental health programs.
While these legislators play games with disaster relief, our country spends more than all of the other wealthy combined on defense. Do we really need 7,000 nuclear warheads to deter North Korea? Do we really need 1,000 new cruise missiles to deliver nuclear weapons? When it comes to runaway defense spending, one can also consider all of the Pentagon waste and abuse.
Why do we say yes to massive amounts of military spending and no to disaster relief? The power of money! Those in economic need might need access to Medicaid or school lunches and if they lose those things they willing to take any low-paying job, thus creating a lower-wage workforce. At the same time we have a Congress that hasn’t seen a weapons system it doesn’t like. It also pays to have the money to receive big defense contracts! I say campaign finance reform now!
Jason Sibert, Peace Economy Project, St. Louis, Mo.