Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for Aug. 15

American diplomacy leaves a lot to be desired

It seems to me that American diplomacy leaves a lot to be desired. We fought Germany in World War I and less than 40 years later we were fighting Germany again. We fought North Korea in the 1950s and here we are again with a nutcase running around there shaking a spear at us. The diplomacy after these original victories should have not left room for a recurrence of tensions between the U.S. and those former enemies.

We had the disaster of 9/11 and now liberals want immigrants from those unstable countries to be welcome here with open arms. Bringing possible terrorists here is unwise to say the least. Liberals may even encourage them to take flying lessons. So it appears that there are nut jobs on both sides of the oceans. The efforts of disarm American citizens and import immigrants from mostly Muslim countries is insanity at its best.

Jim Bonnevier, Belleville

No good options for North Korea’s nuclear threat

Dealing with North Korea has been a decades long quagmire for the United States and the options are limited to diplomacy, military action, or accepting North Korea as a nuclear power. Couple this with ever present saber-rattling from North Korea and President Donald Trump’s comments on turning North Korea into a land of “fire and fury,” a dangerous game of brinkmanship is unfolding.

Diplomacy is not new when it comes to North Korea. The Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations have tried normalizing relations in exchange for the nation to denuclearize. Even then, North Korea found a way to build a nuclear arsenal. Perhaps North Korea could understand that there is a divide between nuclear weapons and the survival of their nation?

Preemptive military action on North Korea’s nuclear facilities is risky, but the U.S. would be successful. However, a reciprocal attack possibly containing chemical, biological, or nuclear agents by North Korea would result in catastrophic civilian and military deaths. Furthermore, many of North Korea’s nuclear sites are well concealed and highly mobile, which would complicate operations.

The last, and best, option would be to accept North Korea as a nuclear power. Regardless of the numerous attempts to halt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the nation has crossed the nuclear threshold. From here, the U.S. must focus on clear means of arms control, one that might not sit well with the current administration.

Benjamin K. White, Swansea

Why isn’t violence against Muslims considered terrorism?

Recently there was an act of terrorism on a mosque in Minnesota. The mayor of the town has already called it an “act of terror.” These acts of terror on Muslims will cause safety concerns for Muslims all over the United States just exercising their right of freedom of religion. They will now be in fear every time they attend their local mosque. Another thing that is disappointing about this issue is that the vast majority of media outlets have failed to call this an act of terrorism let alone speak on this issue. Yet if a Muslim were to, God forbid, bomb a church, surely it would be breaking news for many media outlets. We call on our leaders to follow in the footsteps of the mayor to condemn these acts of terrorism and be fair to people of all religions and races when looking at issues like this one.

Suneed Ahmed, Muslim Writers Guild of America member

People need to hear the good news

If there had been 1,750 people rioting in the streets, burning cars and looting stores on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in 110-degree heat, it would have been front-page news!

But then 1,750 people from 103 churches, one as far away as Melton, Wisconsin, come together to serve a community, not one word is written about it!

With all the bad news about people doing awful things to each other, it would have brought light and hope to your readers to read about the goodness and care some have for their fellow man.

Convoy of Hope outreach to East St. Louis served 3,420 guests with groceries, haircuts, school backpacks, new shoes, hot lunches and health services.

Come on, News-Democrat! People need to hear the good news!

Mary Rose Johnston, O’Fallon

Animals kept in horrible conditions at Mascoutah Homecoming

I am from out of town and came to the recent Mascoutah Homecoming with my family. Being a bunny owner and loving all animals big and small, I was very upset at the conditions the animals were in for the showings. Rabbits had no water or food, were in wire-bottomed cages (which can rip their nails out and cause them to bleed to death), and one bun had diarrhea (that can cause them to die very quickly because they are so little). They were in cages that were too small, and the bigger cages held three or more buns in them. They couldn’t hop due to the wire cage bottoms and the size. One rabbit was digging at its water dish, which was bone dry. I got pictures of all the abuse and neglect these poor animals were suffering. I was so heartbroken. I contacted numerous people and surprisingly I couldn’t get anyone to help these babies. I hope this letter finds its way into the right hands to investigate the living situations of the animals that were at the show.

Monika Palmer, Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Thank you, and I will try to pay it forward

On Aug. 7, as I sped by a gas station while hurrying to a meeting, I noticed hesitation in the engine. Then, as I came adjacent to Three Springs Park on Frank Scott Parkway in Shiloh the reason became obvious — I was out of gas. It was about 6:15 p.m. I put my flashers on and exited my vehicle. Within minutes, a young man stopped on the north side of the road (I was on the south) and asked if I needed help. I told him I was out of gas. He nodded and drove off to the west. In another five minutes a van with two young women stopped in the entrance to the park. They also asked what my problem was and insisted on going back to the gas station at the intersection to the west to get me some gas. After they drove off, the young man returned with two gallons of gas. After putting it my car and refusing reimbursement, he drove off just as the two young women returned having been informed at the station that the young man had resolved my problem. I thanked them and was on my way.

Oddly enough, I was on my way to a Men’s Group meeting at my church. My journey had been aided by a couple Good Samaritans. Kudos to the three of you. I will try to pay it forward.

Thanks very much.

Len Butler, O’Fallon

Will Belleville traffic circles ever have flowers?

Are we ever going to see flowers and shrubs in the traffic circles in Belleville? They have some beautiful ones in O’Fallon.

Peggy Malec, Belleville