Our readers comment on the week’s news in our Sound-off column.
The government already provides breakfast and lunch to poor children during the school year. Lately, there has been an effort to provide meals to these children during the summer months. This makes no sense whatsoever. The families of these children are receiving supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.Why are more government programs needed to provide meals to poor children during the summer months? Why aren’t their families using the LINC card to provide food?
Invite the homeless
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Will this bishop follow the pope’s letter and invite all of the homeless people to his property and feed them, let them stay a couple of days? Or will he not?
Such a big man, Mayor McCall. Great move. You’ve shown your true colors after you evicted the Cahokia Community Basket, which helps the deprived and dissolute people in the Cahokia area. Not only have you evicted them from the building, you have also laid off the whole city if they had anything to do with ex-Mayor Cornwell. Just proves what kind of person you are.
Offended by article
I’m offended by the large article in the celebration for the Gays and Lesbians in down-town Belleville. They represent only 3 percent of the general population, according to the census bureau, but they get too much attention. The idea of being born that way is not backed up by medical literature. This is a lot of hoopla over people who are clearly following a lifestyle for other reasons, other than being born that way.
Thanks to all St. Clair Township residents who spoke out and attended the township sewer meetings. It proved that we all still believe in democracy, especially at the local government level. We look forward to a fair resolution of the sewer issue.
There seems to be a lot of criticism in the Village of Swansea for their upcharge for St. Clair Township residents for sewage treatment. However assessing the upcharge for this service is quite common. In fact, Belleville is doing a similar upcharge to Shiloh residents in the Windgate subdivision for the same sewage treatment. To my knowledge, there have been no complaints from those people. So, to the residents of St. Clair Township, suck it up or build your own plant and see what it costs.
I think the saddest part about the Rachel Dolezal issue is the racism about the black people. The fact is this woman may not be black, but she has done more to fight for blacks than most blacks do themselves. Yet, now that she is not one of them, she is against them. This saddens me. This is what needs to change. If you don’t accept me as part of the solution, you become the problem. And, that is what her whole issue exemplifies. She may not be black, but she can be part of the solution. She shouldn’t be cast aside, because she isn’t black.
Make it a priority
Sincere condolences to all families who are suffering the loss of a loved one in Charleston, S.C. This young man had racial prejudices, but that wasn’t the main cause of the crime. Most mass shootings are created by mentally disturbed people. Should we as a country not also be thinking about how we should be handling mental illness? Families are so limited in assisting their relatives with mental problems if they are adults. Budgets have been cut in this area, we continue to sweep it under the carpet. How many mass shootings will we have to endure until we understand that changes need to be made in our mental healthcare system and make it a national priority?
Get rid of apartments
The apartment project on Freedom Drive is nothing more than the reincarnation of the failed whole project on 74th Street. That was a prime, pristine subdivision where middle-income people prospered. Since those apartments have been there, it has been nothing but a hellhole. Time for Belleville to tear them down. It’s in the ordinances, why are we having all these problems with people breaking the law? Why are they still there? Tear the apartments down.
I usually enjoy Glenn McCoy’s political cartoons, but the flying McCoy’s with his brother Gary, is often tasteless and not funny. The one with the two boys in the pool last Friday was really bad.
I just read the article about the ex-husband’s son of Paula Sims, and they died in a car crash. The statement from State Sen. Bill Haine is stupid. How can his heart go out to Paula and say the poor woman is still in jail and will now grieve the loss of her only child. She should grieve, did she grieve over the loss of the two that she killed? Senator, you should not be making those comments. Feel sorry for the children she killed.
More on Haine
I’m calling about the Paula Sims article and her ex-husband who died in car accident. I read it twice because Sen. Haine prosecuted the case and then turns around and says, “My heart goes out to Paula, the poor woman is still in jail.” Oh my gosh, talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth. What more would you expect from a politician? I hope you get a lot of calls on this, it is horrendous.
It’s a sure time of the end times —the BND came out with a cartoon against the Republicans.
Regarding the Sound-off calls about the teacher’s pension: There is so much misinformation out there. One of them said there is free health care. Teachers do not get free health care; that is not true. When they retire, they pay for their health insurance just as they do when they are working.
A deal on gas
I just got gas for $2.64 in New Baden. These little towns can sell gas cheaper than Collinsville, for $2.99. What gougers. They have a good racket going, knowing people won’t drive too far to save a few cents.
I guess the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson found out they are not the leaders of the black community, because they couldn’t stoke up enough to cause riots in South Carolina. They found out the church is the true leader in the African-American community. That is why we had peace and love.
Reason for war
I’m sorry, I was always taught the reason for the Civil War was because the Southern states wanted to break away from the union, not because of race.
I know there were black people killed by a white man, and now there is a stink about the Confederate flag flying. There was nothing said about it before, flying for umpteen years. They fly the flag to show respect for the Confederate soldiers. It is ridiculous to take down the Confederate flag.
To the caller concerning state teachers’ pensions, who stated once money has gone into the system it has never been taken out. The problem was created by all our elected officials in Springfield. Not only did the state skip their obligation to the fund, they also swept money off these funds to pay for all their social and political projects. If that money alone went untouched there would not be a problem today.
The philosophy of unions is completely different in the public and private arenas. When management and labor negotiate in the private arena, both know there’s a limit about what good can be obtained. Go over that limit and businesses will cease to function and union members gain nothing. Labor tries to get as close to that limit as possible as management tries to stay as far below to try and maximize earnings. Public unions are quite different and, in my opinion, should be outlawed. Labor has the same goal as private unions to maximize the benefits of their members, management has no incentive to hold the line. In fact, in the public arena, management is dependent on labor for their votes or donations and support.
There was a nice multi-page article recently, touting Sen. Bill Haine and his family. Here is a Democrat who has been in office for over 13 years. He was not elected the first time — he was appointed by the state Democratic leadership. And, they have done such a great job with Illinois in 13 years. If that was a true statement why have five of Haine’s children decided not to live in the state of Illinois? Even his own children won’t work here because of the regulations, the graft, the taxes and the leadership out of the Democratic, Chicago-run state. At least he can say he didn’t raise a family of dummies.
What’s the story about the moss-covered standing water on the lot at the corner of Hillside Lane and Illinois 13? Looks like a mosquito breeding ground and who knows what else. I think someone should look into it.
The manholes on McClintock Avenue after resurfacing are pathetic. I recently traveled the route and it is horrible. Every manhole had a bump in the road. If it was the city engineer who wsa responsible, remove him. If it is the contractor, get him back to fix it. Our tax dollars pay for this and this is what we get. Come on, Mr. Mayor, do something about it.
Our Democratic state representatives from Madison and St. Clair counties — Dan Beiser, Jay Hoffman, Eddie Lee Jackson, Bill Haine and James Clayborne — held a news conference to bash the only person in state government concerned about its financial condition: Gov. Bruce Rauner. I almost choked when I read Jay Hoffman’s remarks, “Now is the time to be looking to the future.” Doesn’t he know the future isn’t looking good, thanks to him and his cohorts? Since Madison and St. Clair counties are widely known as judicial hellholes, maybe those who called the news conference should be called the “Hellhole Gang.” The only question I have is: did they arrive together in one of Clayborne’s rented limos?
What it represents
As a black American, I look at the flag as white power. When I see it, I think it’s no different than the slave owners hanging slaves on the trees in the South. That’s what the flag represents to me.
Your cartoon in the Tuesday, June 23 paper and your depiction of Pope Francis was unjustly written. As a Catholic, it is very offensive. I don’t recall you insulting any other religions in the same way.
I had a choice on June 25 at 10:30 a.m. when the Supreme Court sided with President Obama: I could listen to the president brag about his victory, or I could go out to the back yard and pick up my dog’s droppings. I chose the latter.