Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Opinion - – Brad Lind­strom, Belleville


The News-Demo­crat will run elec­tion let­ters through Sun­day, Nov. 4. The dead­line for elec­tion let­ter sub­mis­sions is Fri­day, Oct. 26.


“As prose­cu­tors our goal is not a con­vic­tion,” Bren­dan Kelly said. He went on to say, “Our goal first and fore­most is jus­tice.”

Mike Bost’s cam­paign ads ig­nore the sec­ond phrase and quote only the first. This is a pa­thetic piece of se­lec­tive pro­pa­ganda. If Bost can’t make a bet­ter ar­gu­ment than that for his can­di­dacy, he should give it up. In­ci­den­tally, The South­ern Illi­nois Law En­force­ment Com­mis­sion named Kelly “South­ern Illi­nois Pros­e­cu­tor of the Year.” Maybe be­cause his goal first and fore­most is jus­tice.

– Stephen Brown, O’Fal­lon


Mike Madi­gan has bro­ken the record as the long­est serv­ing House speaker in mod­ern his­tory: his 17th term – 35 years. He is the most pow­er­ful House speaker in the na­tion.

Even more pow­er­ful than the gov­er­nor. He’s the only House speaker in the na­tion who also serves as a state party chair­man. No won­der he does not want term lim­its. Illi­nois has the sec­ond high­est real es­tate taxes in the coun­try. Illi­nois’ bond rat­ing is one point above junk rat­ing. The state owes more than $250 bil­lion in pen­sions, over $50 bil­lion in un­paid bills. Be­tween 2010 and 2014, Demo­crat-con­trolled Illi­nois handed out tax breaks worth roughly $4.6 bil­lion to Sears, Mit­subishi, Mo­torola and oth­ers. Re­mem­ber this next time Democrats say they are for the mid­dle class, as one let­ter writer keeps say­ing al­ways vote Demo­crat. Yeah, right. – Charles Robin­son,



We are all Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. It should not mat­ter if you are white, brown, red or black. We serve the same coun­try. We all de­fend the same flag. We should not be sep­a­rated in this coun­try. Ev­ery­one here is an im­mi­grant. We all come from some­place else. If you love your coun­try and serve your coun­try, noth­ing else should mat­ter. It’s time for our con­gress­men to do their jobs.

We have peo­ple on the East Coast un­der wa­ter, and the pres­i­dent and Con­gress don’t seem to care. Right here in the U.S. we have a pres­i­dent that is kiss­ing up to the Rus­sians, and Con­gress doesn’t say a word. We have kids sep­a­rated from their par­ents, and Con­gress doesn’t say a word. Ev­ery­one should vote this time. We need more women to run for of­fice. If women don’t run for of­fice, the good old boys club will con­tinue to mis­treat women as well.

If you are tired of busi­ness as usual, then get up and get off your butts and vote. – Robert Kirk­land Jr.,



Right on the heels of ut­ter dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Hur­ri­canes Florence and Michael, comes an alarm­ing re­port in the pres­ti­gious jour­nal Na­ture that mit­i­ga­tion of global cli­mate change will re­quire a mas­sive switch to plant­based eat­ing.

The re­port con­cludes that global warm­ing threat­ens the world’s very food sup­ply, in ad­di­tion to gen­er­at­ing scorch­ing heat, rag­ing wild­fires, dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes, mas­sive flood­ing, and ris­ing sea lev­els. It was com­piled by an in­ter­na­tional panel of 23 cli­mate ex­perts and fol­lows the lat­est warn­ing about ris­ing tem­per­a­tures by the United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change.

A 2010 United Na­tions re­port blamed an­i­mal agri­cul­ture for 19 per­cent of green­house gas emis­sions, 70 per­cent of fresh­wa­ter use, and 38 per­cent of land use. Car­bon diox­ide is emit­ted by burn­ing forests to cre­ate an­i­mal pas­tures and by op­er­at­ing fac­tory farms. The more dam­ag­ing meth­ane and ni­trous ox­ide are re­leased from di­ges­tive tracts of cat­tle and from an­i­mal waste cesspools, re­spec­tively.

In an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able world, just as we re­place fos­sil fu­els by wind, so­lar, and other pol­lu­tion-free en­ergy sources, we must also re­place meat and dairy prod­ucts in our diet by vegeta­bles, fruits, and grains.

Our next su­per­mar­ket visit of­fers a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to get started.

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