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I commend Dr. Rice for his words well-spoken against the unethical hiring of former Mayor Alvin Parks as city manager of East St. Louis. That took courage on his part to send and sign his frank letter. It is apparent that newly elected Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks ran for the right reasons and has dedicated herself to turning around her city. You stick to your guns, mayor. I second Dr. Rice’s comment that the citizens of East St. Louis need to be present in force at city council meetings to let the council know you are watching.
Cheers for Parks
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I welcome Alvin Parks as our new city manager, he breathes a wealth of knowledge, intelligence, diligence and he already has plans in place and is moving in the right direction. The new mall being completed at Illinois 157 in East St. Louis is an example of hard work and cooperation. If we can get citizens and our leaders to work together, the operations can result.
East St. Louis is laying off most of its fire department and police department. Seems odd they just hired a city manager for over $100,000 with benefits. I wonder if the board members are proud of themselves. I wonder if the citizens who voted for the aldermen who put Mr. Parks in this position, making twice the amount of money as he did as mayor, are proud of themselves. You got what you deserved.
He means it
I saw city manager Alvin Parks on a truck helping to cut the weeds on a lot. He said he would be working for the city night and day in every possible way to move a head. He truly means it.
You printed that $32.36 million in tax incentives was approved for the Keller family to develop hotels, restaurants, a brew pub, etc., and $5.5 million in incentives to build 11 soccer fields. I didn’t know the city of Belleville was so well off. Why not build the new football stadium on Illinois 15, too? Not enough space? Build it at Mid-America Airport — there is plenty of free parking.
McCarter is right
State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s editorial hit it right on the head about what’s happening in Illinois with one party complete control. The Democrats have control, Republicans have been unable to put any ideas forward and that tax increase didn’t pay down anything, the Democrats just spent more. I wish more people would listen to Kyle McCarter.
I’m not sure why the American public is exhibiting such horror at the picture of the little dead 3-year-old from Syria who was found floating in the ocean. Let’s not forget, 10 years ago, the dozens of bodies floating in waters left by Hurricane Katrina. Let’s not forget the hundreds of people huddled inside the Louisiana Superdome with no food or water. How about a little sympathy for our own people.
The UN wants European countries to have a quota of Muslim refugees they will accept and also wants the USA to accept thousands of them. Why aren’t they telling the rich Muslim countries that are closer to take them? Is this just another way to invade and change Western countries? We need to remember Muslim refugees like the Tsarnaevs who came to our country, accepted welfare payments and then attacked us.
I read there’s a Muslim country refusing to take Muslim refugees due to the risk of terrorism, maybe they’re smarter than Western countries.
Whether you like Glenn McCoy’s cartoons or not, the one about the lottery cartoon was spot on. It was one of the best he’s ever done. It’s about time the governor does something about a budget instead of holding everybody up.
I’m liking the occasional tag team approach to handling local subjects of interest on the opinion page. First Glenn McCoy weighs in with his drawing pencil on one of various issues and then the editorial comes in to finish ‘em off. It’s reminiscent of the Gallagher Brothers of the old TV version of pro wrestling only without all the sweat. It’s not theatrics but real combat.
An enormous thank you to the brave firefighters who put their lives on the line fighting the fire at Fairview Heights Longacre Ponds’ apartments. Those gentlemen and ladies do a fabulous job and deserve our thanks.
Yet another sexually dangerous predator has avoided being added to the sex offender registration list. First it was Larry Alverson, who terrorized young women in Belleville and got off with a burglary charge, and went over and attacked two young children in St. Louis. And now it’s David Fields. When are we going to stop allowing the state’s attorney to plea bargain away the more serious charge to avoid having these predators attack our children?
How much do we taxpayers have to pay Land of Lincoln to defend people, if this is their third bankruptcy?
Six months and $2,500 is what a woman’s life is worth. I’m shocked, appalled and disgusted by any judicial system that would feel a person’s life is only worth six months in jail.
About 8 this morning, when the Shiloh Target store opened, we walked through the doors, and there were loads of red shirts running around. What amazed me was two employees walking by and talking to each other in Spanish. Isn’t there something that says you should speak English when in an English-speaking store?
What does it take in Belleville to get the repairs done to the North Illinois Street where they had some utility problems? Those unacceptable patches they made on the street are tearing the front end out of my car and other people’s too. You come upon them at night and it’s too late. I’ve already bent the hell out of one of my rims on the right side. Come on Belleville, do something.
Instead of the homeless hanging around the highway ramps and asking for donations, it seems to be more appropriate for the city to let the Salvation Army reopen their place on West Main Street and in return let these homeless people have a place to stay and get them off the street. Why not let the Salvation Army channel these people back into the work system.
People of this county ought to be outraged by this stunt that these judges are pulling to have themselves reelected with only 50 percent of the vote instead of 60 percent. People of this county, if you stand for this without notice, then you deserve everything you get.
I’d like to offer a comment to the high school student who is trying to be a transgender. Everyone is pushing for his/her rights. The girls in the gym class have rights and their parents have rights. To off-set those rights based on some discrimination factor is pure bunk. The kid’s rights end when they start infringing on the rights of others.
Can we please make Chenot Place beautiful and safe? There are cigarette butts, trash and old paint in the streets from trash pickup. Stop signs are ignored. If everyone worked on this it would be great.
I’ve never responded to letters before but I read the letter Stu Leach, regarding the “W-man”. Best letter I’ve ever read and I agree 100 percent.
Hey Republicans, stop funding Planned Parenthood and put the money into building more prisons because we will need them in 15 to 20 years because of all the children being born to poor women.
I moved out of St. Clair County 10 years ago. Smart move — I make 25 to 30 percent more spendable income by not paying the outrageous various services and taxes in the State of Illinois. Letter writers complain about city and county government officials. Last election, only 12 percent of the population voted. If you want change, you need to get out and vote.
Regarding the BND front-page report regarding medical marijuana patients hurdles: The person prescribed marijuana for medical use may be added to the national registry of citizens denied firearm ownership. Lawful or not, marijuana use is marijuana use. And second amendment rights can be denied to those whose drug use may be mind altering. This plan is under serious consideration right now in the White House.
Trump and Obama
I do find it interesting that the liberal commentators on TV dismiss Donald Trump because he has no details to his plan. All he is doing is bringing up anger among people. The fact is, when President Obama ran for his first term, all he did was bring up anger in people and ideas. He had no concepts and details on how to get things done. If you voted for Obama, keep your tongue quiet on Trump. Because if we get Trump, we will get what we got on Obama — not much done.
I heard on the news that an airline stewardess who changed her religion to Muslim was objecting to serving alcohol because it was against her religion and somewhere along the line was let go. I would like to know, legally, what is the difference of her filing a lawsuit based on her religion compared to the clerk in Kentucky having a religious problem with writing a marriage certificate for Gay and Lesbians couples. Seems to me there is no consistency in the law.
I’m tired of driving around Caseyville Township and seeing new, unweathered political bumper stickers promoting David Jacknewitz on utility poles, highway guard rails, vacant buildings and even public bus stop signs. This is against Illinois State Statues and carries a fine of $500 per offense. Even though government agencies spend taxpayer dollars to remove them, new ones always reappear. Jacknewitz has to know about this illegal activity. Does he think he is above the law? He is not up for reelection for almost two years. Give us a break. What if every elected official did this. What would our public right of ways and utility poles look like?
Before government was involved in the welfare business, people relied on their families, friends and communities, basically those who could see if they deserved it. Wouldn’t it be nice if people could lose welfare or have it reduced if they caused trouble or if their children weren’t attending school or didn’t maintain a “B”average? This would provide incentive for good behavior and give kids a better chance at a good life.
President Obama’s recent executive order granting federal contractors up to seven days of paid sick leave per year makes me ill. He waves his magic wand as if money grows on trees. For him and his family, it does. Contractors will just fold their cost into the contract that will be ultimately paid for by taxpayers.