Our readers react to the week’s news:
Taxing by the mile
Now some halfwit wants to charge Illinois drivers by the mile, or buy a $450 pass. Here's a few thoughts how Illinois can save money: All politicians take a 40 percent pay cut Eliminate patronage jobs Combine departments/agencies doing similar work. Quit jacking taxes causing business and residents to move out. Lower taxes. Audit businesses, doctors, etc. that turn in inflated prices. Audit every government assistance programs to eliminate fraud. Auction off every piece of state-owned equipment not being used.
Too much for too little
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This idea of taxing us 1.5 cents per mile, to help us repair the roads. I wouldn’t mind paying that penny and a half as long as our legislatures stop giving themselves raises. They make too much money for what they do, which is very little. And the fact that they can’t balance the budget but want more money from us to fix the roads.
Albers celebration was awesome
Just left the Village of Albers 125th year celebration and the “125” Circus. It was totally awesome, the circus was very well done and really enjoyable. This was a real family event, young and old were there, I was impressed with the two sell out performances. Another thing worth mentioning was all the 125 shirts and suspenders, they looked great. The committee did a great job, look forward to their main event on June 3, 4 and 5. Small town great community looking forward to it.
Put them under oath
Time for the NGA Board of Directors be brought before a panel of Congressmen and Senators, and Dick Durbin who was involved could call for this: put them under oath and ask them the question, “who from the White House or anyone connected to the White House, contacted you encouraging you to put the NGA headquarters in North St. Louis just because the White House leaders, our president wanted it there for his ‘Promise Zone’?” He made promises seven years ago and look where we are. We are more divided blacks and whites than ever, there are more blacks living in poverty, on welfare more than ever.
Known for corruption
The NGA not coming to St. Clair County is because it is corrupt, just face it, known nationwide as being corrupt. You can’t trust anyone in politics in St. Clair County.
Much press over transgender teens (boys) demanding to use the girls bath and locker facilities with no restrictions. Of course liberals are all in agreement, with no regard to the girls who do not want boys in their facilities. Solution: when the boys get the complete sex change surgery at the expense of their family, and not the taxpayers, they will be allowed. What’s wrong with that?
The April 16 edition the Belleville news Democrat had an article on page 8 about pregnancy-ending drugs, don't you just love those expressions, another statement used in the article is a drug that safely terminates a pregnancy, my question is safely for who, the baby that is being murdered, NOT! When is our society going to wake up and realize that it's a human life that is being ended, period.
Slogans for Romanik
New campaign slogans for twice-convicted felon Bob Romanik: Bob Romanik is financing his campaign on the backs of strippers, not fat cats. Bob Romanik: I’m a man of convictions. But only two, so far. Bob Romanik: a role model for all twice-convicted felons. Romanik’s bank deposit of one million dollars to his campaign took 17 hours to count the beer-soaked folded one dollar bills.
I’d like an answer to the employee fiasco with the St. Clair County road district. I’d like to address Mr. Kernan, who specifically is that employee you intend to hire? I look at the employment column in the paper, I don’t see any ad for this position in the paper. Is it somebody you just chose? Or is the taxpayers paying for it again? A political crony job?
I’ve known David Jacknewitz all of his adult life, he is a good man. I have to assume now that all elected officials of Caseyville Township are all good people, because Brad Vamoose continually slams them all in the paper. Anybody VanHoose slams is a good man.
Vote to fix the problem
If the estimates in the editorial about the amount of income tax increase we would need as Illinois citizens to pay off the debt is truly 7 percent to 8 percent of our income, I agree with the BND, I think it's time we make somebody else feel sorry, other than the comptroller Leslie Munger. Let's do something that's never been done in the Illinois state legislature, let's use common sense when we go to the polls on Nov. 8 and fix this problem ourselves.
They have us again
A real fine headline today about Rauner and Madigan rivalry and how their budget talks have been hamstrung by that rivalry. These miserable, greedy, cheating, lousy, lying politicians have got us again. These people with their ignorant egos are holding up everything in this state and are about to run people out of it and about to break us. People need to get into the streets, they need to storm the capitol building, and they need to storm the courthouses.
Hormberg was excellent choice
Let me congratulate the powers to be who had the sense to appoint Janet Hormberg to the bench. She is a long time member of the States Attorney’s office. She has done an exemplary job, she is a super person, very deserving. Very qualified. And she is not involved in all the garbage in that county that everyone else is. It was an excellent choice to appoint her, and I know she will be a real credit to that miserable Democratic Party.
Democrats betray union workers
To all you union people who believe in Hillary vs. the Republican Party, take a good look at what is going on in the news and what EPA is doing to all you coal miners and all you steel workers. It’s not the Republicans who are anti-union, it’s your Democrats, and through their EPA and Obama’s clean air packages that is throwing American workers, the good union workers, out of work. Just stop, enough said.
Look at property taxes
I see where Belleville is going to increase property taxes for all the residents. I’d like to present something to Mr. Eckert and the rest of the City Council, publish how much TIF money you are siphoning off from property taxes. And I think you people in Belleville and the rest of us better wake up. Check your property tax bill and you will find out, half of your property taxes are going to Belleville’s TIF districts. That means Belleville has money that they are taking that you already paid for taxes in Belleville and they are taking it and putting it in a TIF district and giving it away to development of the mayor’s whim! Quit electing these officials and raise hell people. We are getting screwed over by the TIF!