A good leader lost
We lost a very good, I would even say exceptional, alderman in the last election. I don't know why the people in Fairview Heights Ward 1 didn't vote for Gil Klein. Probably because they just hadn't paid any attention to what he had been doing for the two terms he served. Or they were listening to the campaign rhetoric that had as much validity as a pile of bull dung.
We have Gil to thank for two actions that will resonate through the years: a city administrator and a finance administrator. He pushed for these positions and finally was able to muster the votes to overcome the mayor's objections.
Two professional men educated in their respective fields. Now if we can get the city to establish an adequate suitable "cash reserve," we will be on our way to being a well-managed city.
All we have to hope for now is the aldermen and the mayor don't interfere and let these two men guide the city forward.
Thank you to Gil Klein for a job well done.
Claude T. Cable
The perks of teaching
For information as to graduation rates for government schools versus private schools, go to the U.S. Department of Education website. For teachers' salaries, go to http://www.familytaxpayers.org/ salary.php; plug in Belleville High School District 201.
The reason they accept any and all students is that they get a taxpayer check for every warm body that fills a seat.
These figures do not consider all the support services and non- teaching employees who work for District 201. The average District 201 teacher/administrator wage is $64,822 for their 180 days of work a year versus the 240 everyone else works, giving them the equivalent salary of $86,400 plus benefits. Add in holiday breaks, at least a couple of weeks a school year, and a tremendously generous benefit package, and when they retire we send them a very generous retirement check until they are dead.
Stick to the real story
As Bob Dylan once sang, "The times they are a changin'." First, we had school children singing the praises of the chosen one. Feel free to sing along: Barack Hussein Obama -- mmm, mmm, mmmmm.
Then we had the "Story of Stuff." It portrays capitalism and any form of consumer consumption as pure evil.
And now, to further our advancement toward socialism, we have this lovely school program put out by a company called Teacher Created Materials. It's an innocent-sounding name, but beware. This is another progressive front that is attacking our children.
The people involved state: We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, etc. And: The people's basic needs must be met in a country; needs for housing education, transportation and health care are overseen by our government system; labor laws ensure that people work in safe environments and that they are paid fairly for the work they do.
Some readers are probably overjoyed, but to me this is an attack on our Constitution and should not be a part of any school curriculum. Contact your school administration today and see whether any of this drivel is being taught. If it is, demand they put a stop to this progressive propaganda and start teaching real American history.
Roddy D. Riggs
Just following the law
In response to "Pols at polling place" in the Sound-off April 11, regarding candidate in polling place: A candidate must present candidate credentials to the election judges and according to the Election Code 10 ILCS 5/17-34 (17-23 specifically) candidates can be poll watchers by state law and are allowed in the polling place from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m.
In regard to name and address loudly announced: It is stated in the Election Code 10 ILCS 5/17-9, any person desiring to vote shall give his or her name to the judge of election, one of whom shall thereupon announce the same in a loud and distinct tone of voice, clear and audible.
I sincerely hope this explanation better clarifies that the election laws are governed by state and federal law, and as the St. Clair County clerk, I must statutorily comply.
St. Clair County clerk
Politicians all the same
Well, President Obama was voted in (if not ushered in by the mass TV media) to help fix the economy and create jobs. Little to nothing has been accomplished.
He took his Chicago buddies (David Axlerod, Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers) to Washington and they in turn took care of their buddies on Wall Street.
Then came the Republicans with major victories in November 2010 and their campaigns (John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell) were all about jobs. Well, they, too, have done nothing about the jobs picture.
However, now we are focused once again away from jobs to the continent of Africa. As for Libya we need to worry about the U.S., not Libya. We helped create that mess by sticking our nose into that country's affairs and now we are more or less committed to the end game, whatever that is or was. And like normal we'll probably help create a worse monster.
So does it really make any difference which political party in this country is in power? What a supersized mess.
Not union and proud of it
In a letter March 21, Steve Bendick diagnosed me as being "envious" of unions and I was probably "not qualified" to be a member. Let's see, envious? I think not. Not qualified to be a member? Absolutely correct.
* I would rather create jobs than just fill a position then count the years until retirement.
* I would rather have some choice as to whom I want to pay on a monthly basis, and particularly not related to holding a job as with union dues.
* I am not envious of individuals getting paid the same wage regardless of performance and have done quite well getting paid for performance and initiative over the 37 years of my career.
* I believe anyone qualified for a job should be hired and am not envious of the fact that in Madison County your chances of getting a job with the Illinois Department of Transportation or other state offices has been next to zip if you were not a registered Democrat. You know, they are not a member of "zee party," yah.
* I would rather spend my own money on the candidates I choose and not the unions' Democrats.
* I am not envious of the SEIU, NEA, and its legions who think they can intimidate anyone and everyone into paying up for their existence as they continue to try in Wisconsin and other states.
I certainly am not qualified to be a union member.