LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
ELECTION LETTERS SUBMISSION DEADLINE
The News-Democrat will run election letters through Sunday, Nov. 4. The deadline for election letter submissions is Friday, Oct. 26.
PATHETIC PIECE OF SELECTIVE PROPAGANDA
“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
ALWAYS VOTE DEMOCRAT?
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,
EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE
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.,
GLOBAL WARMING THREATENS WORLD’S FOOD SUPPLY
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.