If 18 Grammy Awards are one measure of Aretha Franklin’s greatness, another is the unbridled esteem of her fans. Ray Charles said, “I don’t know anybody that can sing a song like Aretha Franklin. Nobody. Period.”
No American president, or any city council member, for that matter, has ever unreservedly delighted in the way he or she was presented in the press. “I so appreciate the accuracy of their reporting on my perceived flaws!” said no official ever. “And good for them for holding me accountable.”
President Donald Trump has veered into perilous territory with his assault on the free press and the First Amendment. His references to journalists as the “enemy of the American people” are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has withstood challenges to her leadership from her own party. But with the calculus changed in Trump’s Washington, even a blue wave in November wouldn’t give her a sure thing.
Watch for the Democratic split to deepen and widen as the party’s 2020 presidential wannabes, likely an even larger field than the 17 contenders Republicans struggled with in 2016, begin their public maneuvering.
Illinois residents pay nation’s highest property taxes. Money supports retired police, teachers and other public workers. Little goes to current public servants in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
East St. Louis Park District overspent renovating three tennis courts, so it is asking St. Clair County taxpayers to make up the $20,000 difference. Don’t reward government waste with involuntary contributions by taxpayers in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
BND editorials reflect deep care for the community, even when frowning at the bad in hopes that it becomes good. News media’s role and place in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, sometimes means tough love, but it’s love all the same.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis expects SNAP program to push and support education to those on food stamps as a way to break the cycle of poverty in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. Creating taxpayers with dignity, futures should be Congress’ goal.
What does it cost to have a baby in the United States? American health care, with prices set in secret, can confuse the most aware consumers - even an Idaho Statesman health care reporter with good insurance.
East St. Louis Township supervisor explains, defends using a nearly $900 vendor check to advance money to an employee in response to a BND editorial opinion. Says township government helps the poor in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
A house in Alorton is either a haven for adults with disabilities or a fire trap. Illinois was slow to respond to 40 fire code violations and reports of neglect to those who appear to need more care than a boarding house should provide in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson just visited Scott Air Force Base to discuss pilot retention, but also highlighted military spouses having trouble transferring their professional licenses. Illinois lawmakers can fix this.