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Letter: Denying student speech at Akin graduation is censorship
A letter writer from Georgia takes issue with the graduation ceremony at Akin Grade School.
May 26, 2017 2:41 PM
Letter: Franklin County CASA thankful for gala support
CASA of Franklin County appreciates the turnout for its recent gala.
Apr 13, 2017 6:55 PM
Letter: Help North Carolina kids learn about Illinois
Letter to the editor: A fourth-grader in North Carolina is doing a report about Illinois and she's asking for our help.
Apr 13, 2017 3:03 PM
Letter: Courthouse tax is a step backwards for Franklin County
Kyle Wayne Neal of Benton writes that while no one would disagree Franklin County needs a new courthouse, he worries how the proposed new sales tax to pay for it will hurt area businesses.
Mar 20, 2017 10:56 AM
Letter: Dakota Access Pipeline a risk for America
To the editor: The potential completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) illustrates yet again a long negative history of how the American people and the U.S. government have interacted with Native Americans. The ownership of the land the pipeline is being constructed on is at dispute, and thus illustrates how the American people and the U.S. government violate treaties signed with Native Americans. While an entire letter could be written just on that topic, I won't focus on this point. History shows us that the majority of Americans won't be moved by the mistreatment of indigenous Americans. Therefore, I will focus on what should matter to the American people: the water we all drink. The DAPL is a pipeline project designed to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline will run under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The tribes have formed a group (Water Protectors) who have been protesting the pipeline running under the Missouri River. The river is a sacred body of water and is the only source of drinking water for the reservation. The Water Protectors have reason to be concerned about the danger to this valuable water source. The original construction plans for DAPL had the pipeline running close to Bismarck, but the plans were changed. The reality of 3,000 pipeline spills in the U.S. since 2010 made that move happen. The risk of a spill is very real. A spill in the Missouri River could not only devastate the water supply for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, but also for the over 18 million other Americans who live downstream and drink water from the Missouri River. Recently, 2,000 American veterans went to North Dakota to stand with Standing Rock and try and protect the drinking water of millions of Americans. As a result, the Army Corps of Engineers, under direction from the Obama Administration, decided to perform a legally required environmental impact study instead of granting an exception for DAPL. However, as one of President Trump's first executive orders, he has ordered the construction to move forward. Are we really going to put the safety of millions of Americans' drinking water below the profits of the oil industry? Are we really going to risk our most precious resource to further the use of carbon based fuels that we all know we must stop using? Are we really going to violate another treaty with Native Americans? Anthony Stephens, Marion
Mar 10, 2017 1:26 PM
Letter: Celebrate Local Government Week
Bryan E. Smith, the executive director of the Township Officials of Illinois, says it is time to applaud the work of our public servants, who perform essential services to their communities.
Mar 10, 2017 12:25 PM
Letter: Trump's attacks on press are unacceptable
Marion writer Anthony Stephens says referring to a group as "the enemy of the people" has a long history in world affairs, none of it good.
Mar 10, 2017 12:27 PM
Letter: Sheila Simon helped change political outlook
Dennis Southerd of Mount Vernon writes, "During the time I spent with Sheila, I saw not only what a politician should be, but more importantly what an individual should be."
Mar 3, 2017 10:02 AM
Cuts and explanations wanted
It has been over a year since I wrote my last "Letter to the Editor." In my absence there have been changes in the Benton Evening News front office staff who I believe will print both views of a story. In May of 2015, two council members were sworn in, Fred Kondritz and David Moore; these two men evidently want to save money as they have suggested moving the police dispatcher to West City from the Franklin County Jail on East Main Street. Commissioner Wyant voted with Moore and Kondritz to move the dispatching. Commissioners Baumgarte and Miller voted "No" to the move and to saving money. Commissioner Miller is the finance commissioner, so we would like to hear his reason for his "No" vote. Commissioner Baumgarte is over the water and sewer department, which has raised our sewer bills, and probably there will be more raises. So why did he vote "No"?
Oct 8, 2015 2:27 PM
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