Belleville News-Democrat - - Opinion -

Af­ter read­ing Joseph Re­ichert’s let­ter, I found it cringe-wor­thy and re­ally of lit­tle help to Bren­dan Kelly. It was laced with racist re­marks, in­clud­ing “mostly Mus­lim Arabs at­tend SIU,” and seemed to den­i­grate Navy en­listed sailors and maybe even Marines, as a veiled slight to­wards Mike Bost’s ser­vice as an en­listed Ma­rine. As a prior en­listed air­man, who was later com­mis­sioned, I’m proud of my en­listed time. My pro­mo­tions up to lieu­tenant colonel were due to the sup­port I had from count­less air­men and non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers. Re­ichert then touted Notre Dame as “the best univer­sity in the coun­try.” I’m sure Har­vard, Yale and even Pur­due Univer­sity grads will find that silly. As for coal, much of it is ex­ported to China, in­clud­ing coal from Illi­nois. With sup­port­ers like that, who needs po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies? By the time this let­ter is pub­lished, the elec­tion re­sults will be in. Then I guess we’ll know the sen­ti­ments of 12th Dis­trict vot­ers. – Phil Hen­ning, Smith­ton

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