Our readers react to the week’s news:
How about convicting for sexual assaults?
I find it interesting the State Attorney can spend money on an “innocence project,” yet failing to convict people of sexual assault as sex offenders, pleading it down to reckless conduct, or home invasion, or burglary. And these people avoid having to register and letting people know what they really are. They are failing to investigate adequately accusations of criminal sexual assault, sexual abuse, and other sex crimes. Only recently after pressure was put on them from victim advocate groups and the press did Kelly’s office ever publicly admit that they ‘let people down’. All well and good that “innocent people” are being let go.
About penion cuts
Reading about these pension cuts. When my husband took early retirement, he got a large check from his company. We knew when he reached 65, it would decrease because they were supplementing his check. It did decrease, but we still made it. With our Social Security and his pension and mine. Why are these old guys griping? I’d rather have one dollar now, than no dollars in a few years because the fund is broke.
Sorry for Teamsters
I’m sorry for the Teamsters who will lose part of their pensions. I have to assume that if they were strong union members or were that they are Democrats. Whereis your Democratic Party now, and where is your inion now? Voting for these people is like voting for your party instead of your country.
Don’t count on a pension, save for yourself
After reading about the Teamsters and their pensions. I remember my dad telling me years ago, “don’t ever rely on a pension” they do not have to give these to you. Save for a rainy day. All you people who decided you were going to live on pensions all your life, including the teachers who don’t deserve half of these pensions,.because why should they retire at an early age, and the people of the state pay for this? This is ridiculous. No one ever paid for my husband’s stuff, and we saved for a rainy day. And thanks to my husband we have a very nice life, thank you.
Three judges skirt the law
The three judges running for election instead of retention by trying to skirt the law because they know they would have trouble getting reelected because people are fed up with this Democrat corruption. Baricevic said running for election allows him to respond to any kind of attacks that come his way and this gives him a chance to talk about his record and that is why he needs to run this way instead of running for election like normal people do. John Baricevic barely won retention in the last election. That indicated to him that he is nothing but totally 100 percent political.
What does ‘substantially’ mean?
What exactly did the hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Elections mean, when he said Judge Baricevic’s and Haida’s statements of candidacy are “substantially in the form required”? Substantially? Does that mean it is 50 percent or 75 percent? What does the word “substantially” mean? Alderman have gotten thrown off the ballot for not numbering their documents. What does the attorney mean by “substantially?” I guess if you are a judge you play by different rules.
Don’t fight the judges
There’s been news and controversy about the judges resigning their positions so they can run for reelection and get 50 percent plus one vote to win and retain their seats, and buck the tradition and law to run for retention and needing 60 percent of the vote to get reelected. I admire Mr. Cook’s efforts, but keep in mind, these are highly politically connected St. Clair County Democrats. Their reach goes beyond St. Clair County, it goes to Springfield and all the way to Chicago. You are going to fight a losing battle in this corrupt state, they will prevail.
Contratulations to hero who saved three from fire
Huge congratulations to Joseph Redmond II from East St. Louis for risking his own life to save three neighbors from a fatal house fire. This man is a hero. I often praise firemen for running into burning buildings, but you seldom see a citizen who does the same. Congratulations Joe, you are a good man.
Bishop refused to attend parish meeting
I see Mike Bost invited Bishop Braxton to be a guest at the state of the Union Address. This is the kind of prestigious event that the Bishop loves to attend. I wonder if he attended the speech in full ceremonial dress that he so dearly loves to show off to the public. I could not help but contrast this to the meeting at St. Lawrence parish that the Bishop refused to attend thus alienating more Catholics. I wonder how many Catholics, including myself and my friends have left the church during Braxton’s tenure. I hope that Pope Francis lives long enough to appoint Braxton’s replacement in a few years. If the next Bishop is like Pope Francis, then I will return to the Church.
Roosevelt School has a great motto
A great motto on Roosevelt School. ‘If you have integrity nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters. Think about that. Especially when you vote.
Special treatment for Triple Lakes Road
Driving on Triple Lakes Road, past Imbs Station Road going south, and for some reason the county went out and salted Triple Lakes Road south of Imbs Station Road. Who lives out there that gets that kind of treatment? No other road was treated. A flat level road gets salted and brined.
Dallas Cook keeps people informed
I’m calling about the article in Saturday’s paper by Phil Henning about Dallas Cook and his father. I agree with Mr. Henning, every time Dallas Cook tries and succeeds in letting people know what is going on, transparency, the good ol’ boys try to make up things about him, because they don’t like him. He fought for his position, take your crying issues elsewhere. Dallas Cook is not going away.
Collinsville, we are doomed
Thanks to the after-election warnings of City Council Members Nancy Moss and Jeff Kypta, the people of Collinsville have to put up with Dirt Devil Miller, and his good buddy, Brombolich, pushing through anything they want in city government. Now that the new city manager is being interviewed, or “groomed” by Miller, you can bet he will vote with the other two crooks. We are doomed.
Powerball winnings could help others
The Powerball jackpot, higher than ever, was won by someone who doesn’t know what to do with it. There are two kinds, the ones who will blow through it quickly and then are broke. and then the ones who have lived in one place and say “this won’t change my life.” That can’t be true. They have no idea how xmuch a billion dollars is. It could fund the good, helping hospitals, homeless, start a fund to help environmental causes.
Churches could help homeless
Shame on the churches in Belleville, they scream about social justice, but no one provides a place for homeless people to go from the freezing cold at night.
Good for Romanik
I’m tired hearing about Bob Romanik is trying to spend his own money to clean out the county offices. Can we afford four more years of Kern and the county board? We’ve been taxed to death, we need no more. I’m all for him spending his own money if it brings people to their senses.