Call for drug tests
I read with sadness that an East St. Louis Housing Authority officer was high on cocaine when he shot a burglary suspect. I know of police officers taking prescribed pain killers four times a day, which is just as bad. Why not have mandatory drug testing for police officers, firefighters, health care workers, teachers and government officials? We place our lives in these people’s hands. A person high on drugs is not serving the people, and a person high on drugs with a gun is downright dangerous.
I think BND cartoonist Glenn McCoy needs to be fired for his totally insensitive cartoon about transgender people. Do you really want somebody on your staff who does not understand that this is just like calling black people the “N” word? It’s very discriminatory.
A loss for ESL
The sign in East St. Louis reads: City of Champions. And when R.J. Krause died recently, the city lost a true champion. I had the pleasure of knowing R.J. for 30 years; officiated the games for his youth team was quite a thrill.
A few questions about the scandal in Caseyville Township. I’d like to know why my sewer rates have gone up $10 in the last six years while the township is sitting on millions of dollars? I’d also like to know who is Richard Donovan and by what authority does he speak for the township? Where is Bruce Canty? He is the township supervisor but seems to be invisible when controversy appears. If we would eliminate townships, more of our tax dollars would go to the cities and we’d get rid of a useless layer of government.
Bowing to pressure
It’s a crying shame that the district attorney in Baltimore decided to charge six police officers before conducting a complete investigation involving the man who died in custody. It’s a crying shame authorities had to bow to political correctness and give in to the thugs. Is there a chance all these officers did something wrong? Yes. But when the facts come to light, I would be highly surprised if more than one or two did anything negligent let alone criminal.
Do the job right
Is that a temporary fix I’m seeing workers doing underneath Interstate 255 on Illinois 157 in Cahokia, or is that supposed to be a permanent fix? Asphalt won’t fix a concrete hole. Why doesn’t the state fix it correctly rather than waste our tax money? Wait, this is Illinois; they never fix anything correctly the first time.
Stop this fight
Belleville has spent at least $165,000 to fight St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s move to O’Fallon. Why spend taxpayers’ money fighting a done deal? The $165,000 does not include having the Belleville mayor and police chief go to certificate of need state meetings when their time could have been better spent working on crime and other issues in Belleville.
A sick feeling
How many more thousands of dollars is Belleville going to spend trying to make Memorial Hospital the only game in town? Let’s not forget, a few years ago Memorial decided it would not accept patients covered by United Health Care. If the city prevails in its attempt to make Memorial the only game in town, all the hospital will have to do is say ‘we don’t want to use United Health Care anymore,” and everyone who is covered by that plan will be out of luck because St. Elizabeth’s will be gone.
Don’t like it? Leave
This is regarding Darwin Miles, the developer in O’Fallon who is complaining about Caseyville Township sewer tap-in fees. I live in Fairview Heights and I like paying $28 at my home. I also have a business in Fairview Heights and I think the charges are fair. If Miles doesn’t like what Caseyville Township charges for sewers, he should move to Belleville or Edwardsville and build his businesses there.
More TIF ahead?
In regard to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows development, I understand the Shrine plans to close its hotel so a new hotel can open on the other side of Illinois 15. What’s the Shrine going to do with the old hotel? Get some TIF money and turn it into senior apartments?
Old guard wins
I find it ironic, funny and sad at the same time that people are telling former Belleville Alderman Joe Hayden to stand down. He is expressing an opinion without being asked because he knows more than they do. It seems clear to me, the secret in this city is don’t upset the old guard. Never mind it you have an advanced degree in government and other subjects vital to the growth of Belleville. We are going to continue to elect old high school grads and old senior citizens. I think there is an 84 percent chance the people writing in didn’t vote. If we had a decent voter turnout, the results would be different.
This isn’t progress
I don’t know why I have to say this, it should be obvious, but it is not progress for Belleville to leave shopping centers abandoned like the one on Carlyle Avenue oron the Beltline at 74th Street. It’s wrong to declare other property to be substandard so it can qualify for TIF financing and to pay a builder to build something else. resulting in these vacant shopping centers.
Focus on local news
Why it is that lately the BND is full of pictures that take up a half page of the paper, but there is so little local news? TV new has had some bad accidents but not a word in the BND. Why don’t we get more local news? Aren’t you a local newspaper? I use to read the paper for two hours; now it takes me less than an hour. That’s why I buy the paper, for local news.
Keep the service
Monroe County is a great place to live in and raise a family. But the County Board chairman is looking at closing its taxed-based ambulance service after 27 years. He would rather contract out to a private company than fix the internal issues. Good luck to the safety of the citizens. Residents need to voice support for our local service.
Matter of principal
It is truly sad that Lelon Seaberry Jr. is not going to be the principal of East St. Louis High School this upcoming school year. It makes no sense they keep on changing principals.
Enough of TIF
Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert has given away enough of our taxpayers money in the form of TIF. I want my tax dollars to go to roads and the police and fire departments.
Watch for oil
To the Cahokia street sweeper: When you see oil coming from your machine, that means pull over, check your equipment, shut it off and call a mechanic. I can’t believe the amount of hydraulic oil I’ve seen in five or six blocks. It’s either a new driver, or one who doesn’t care about taxpayer equipment.
Move on, O’Fallon
In reference to the editorial about the spat over the Strange Folk Festival. It seems a waste of time for O’Fallon to fight for control of someone else’s proprietary idea. Long before the Strange Folk Festival came on the scene, O’Fallon hosted two popular events, Mayfest in the spring and Homecoming in the fall. These involved parades showcasing O’Fallon’s band and those from neighboring towns. They also afforded an opportunity for local organizations to sell food and for local entertainers to perform in the park. However, about 10 years ago the city terminated these events, citing cost as the reason. It may be a proper thing for O’Fallon to consider replacing Strange Folk with a new concept that integrates both Mayfest and Homecoming. It just might be time to consider a new idea that just might work for the city and prove popular with this population.
Not to our welfare
Black people are not the only ones on welfare. There are whites and Hispanics also but not Asians. Asian people are taught moral values: Get an education, get married, have children and respect your elders. Nowadays, why get married and have children when the government will support you if you don’t get married? All a female has to do is have a child and she can get paid to stay at home. If she chooses to go to college, our tax money will still support her and her family, pay for college tuition, books and other expenses; child care, too. Our government wants to cut Social Security and give more money to welfare. We should remember, people worked for Social Security. Most people on welfare never worked.
The rest of the story
I’m calling about the disparity between the reporting of the Belleville City Council meeting and the video of the meeting. A video of a recent meeting showed that Mayor Mark Eckert announced that the Shrine project was going to be worth about $60 million instead of the $50 million previously discussed. Will that change the TIF amount the developer wnats? Why doesn’t the BND report these things for the benefit of the people who don’t have cable television? There should be a crosscheck between what was reported and what was said. That is why your paper is valued. Don’t blow it.
Support the governor
I keep reading about people who are against the governor and his efforts to get the state back into some financial condition that is not as embarrassing as it has been. People better get behind this guy and work toward his programs because we are on the brink of bankruptcy. State workers are going to lose everything, they are going to lose their pensions. Somebody needs to have the guts to stand up and stop this, tell everyone just what the Democrats have done to that pension system to cause it to be $111 billion short. That is an unbelievable figure. Get this state shaped up or more people will be moving to Missouri like I did.
Light up the flag
It’s nice to have an American flag in the center of the roundabout in Highland. Flag etiquette requires the American flag to be illuminated at night or be taken down. It shows respect.
Blinded by promises
Another town in the metro-east gets spurned by another out-of-state developer. This is in reference to the grandly promised development in Shiloh at Frank Scott and Green Mount Road. All kinds of retail stores were going to be there including a Cabela’s, but all we have is another financial institution, just what we need. This is reminiscent of the debacle at MidAmerica Airport. When will all these greedy and blind towns wake up? Maybe when their tax coffers are empty, or maybe when the voters speak up.
Say it straight
“A tragic event” was the headline in the Thursday paper in regard to the murdered Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student. Why don’t we call it a cold-blooded murder by someone who has no regard for human life?
Silence is telling
I wonder where Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all the other community activists are now that a black man has shot a white police officer in New York City?
I’m a resident of St. Clair Township, and my sewer bill increased from roughly $25 for two months service to $60. Thanks, Swansea, for price-gouging your neighbors. I can't vote there but I can vote with my feet. They won't see me shopping in Swansea anymore. There is nothing for sale in Swansea that I can't buy elsewhere.