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  1. Anonymous on July 24, 2021 at 11:17 am

    IN contrast to all who think the flower pots on Main Street are so ugly– someone went to a lot of expense nd effort to try to beautify our city. If you think that the pots need to be painted, get out there with your brush and paint and paint away. As far as blocking the view of oncoming traffic, that is a legitimate complaint. I’m sure it was just and oversight and can be remedied very quickly! Thanks again to whomever planted flowers along our Main Street.

    • Anonymous on July 25, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Good morning
      I currently live in Belleville, and my family (multi ethnic) would like to relocate to Mascoutah. Our concern is; would we excepted? We are a quiet hard working family, and just want to hear from some locals. Please… give us your honest opinion with out being cruel. Thank you for your help.

  2. Anonymous on July 23, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I was at the park last night under the ag building pavilion for the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social. The MIA or city decided it would be great idea to blacktop the show and arena area. The MIA and St Clair Farm Bureau worked hard to bring the 4H to Mascoutah now they are trying to remove them in my thoughts.

    • Anonymous on July 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

      What does that have to do with 4H? Just put some bedding down and good to go. Not much different than the old lime. At least it is more usable year round now too

  3. Anonymous on July 22, 2021 at 11:38 am

    So yesterday I was driving by the 4 way stop at route 4 and seen the gentleman with his signs. I was struck by several that indicated commy and socialists. My question to him is, does he refuse social security and Medicare? Are those not Socialist programs to help the retirees in the United States. And if he is collecting it, is he not just a hypocrite?

  4. Anonymous on July 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

    I don’t understand what the big deal is concerning slot machine businesses. They bring revenue into town and if someone wants to throw away their money on them, that’s their business.. No one is forcing them to do it.

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2021 at 11:31 am

      I agree, let the market decide how many businesses can be successful.

    • Anonymous on July 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Mascoutah veterans don’t like progress much and, most are hypocrites anyway. Let them whine it’s there nature.

  5. Anonymous on July 16, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I love Mascoutah but detest the electric rates! I do everything I can to keep the cost down. i make sure lights are off when not being used. I’m extremely careful with my AC. I’ve basically turned into the electric police and my kids think I’m crazy. Isn’t there anything we can do? Isn’t there anyway to change electrical companies? There has to be something!

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 6:41 am

      I’m willing to bet your kids aren’t the only ones that think you’re crazy

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 8:11 am

        The new business front improvements a a welcome sight.The large green awning needs a power wash or replaced. it looks awful.

        • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 8:16 am

          I have no idea what you are talking about.

        • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 10:19 am

          maybe we could paint the new trashcans (i mean flower pots) on main street rainbow colors and possible blm stickers on some to show that we are a open minded town.

          • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 11:49 am

            Don’t dismiss this idea right off the bat…What if you asked MHS art students to submit their designs for each planter? The City could choose the ones that best represent Mascoutah. Sort of like the mural on Main Street. It wouldn’t have to be done all at once. Maybe one planter a month.

          • Anonymous on July 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

            But we’re not an open minded town. If they wont let a gay float in the parade what makes you think we can handle BLM.

  6. Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    I think it is time to make the covid mandatory for schools. Other shots are mandatory. Everyone should get it or else we will never rid of the virus. Memorial Hospital is now taking covid patients from Springfield MO. this has got to stop or we will have another lockdown. Do you all want that?

    • Anonymous on July 16, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      You are misinformed. Read the caption under the home page at nurembergtrials.net and see the criminals in the photo. You don’t get shots for a common cold, which is what a corona virus is. If you get this virus, simply take hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin and feel better in a day. The experimental unapproved inoculations make the problem worse if it doesn’t outright kill you.

      • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 9:21 am

        Totally, totally agree.

      • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

        Good one. Spreading more false info. Go stick yourself head in the sand if think the vaccines are worse for you. Now I don’t know if should be mandatory but also don’t spread lies

      • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm

        You are misinformed, just like an antivaxxer is. Follow the science, you are not following science.

        • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 7:01 am

          Yeah, follow science!! Unless you’re born a male and want to identify as a female, or vice-versa. Then, don’t follow science. Actually, just follow science when it benefits you. Or, follow science when it lines your pocketbook. Uh oh, did I say something wrong?

          • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

            That has something to do with covid

      • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 11:42 pm

        All the vaccines you received as a child kept you from getting all the terrible viruses that afflicted the world until the 50s and 60s. Thank your parents for getting you vaccinated, cretin.

        If you don’t get vaccinated and then end up on a vent in the ICU all I can do is laugh at you. There is no sympathy for the clowns that were anti-mask and anti-vax.

        • Anonymous on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 am

          You are still spreading misinfo. If they really cared for us, the insulin for diabetes patients would be free and so would inhalers for asthma patients. Have you not seen the reports on Vaers? Obviously not or you would not push the unapproved, experimental ‘vax’ that kills more people than the virus. This is also against Nuremberg Code, and many media reporters, doctors, nurses and hospital staff will end up at Nuremberg for perpetuating this crime. You also don’t get jabs for virus with 99% recover rates, which is for most people unless they are overweight or have other health issues.
          I’ve already had the virus and it was like a cold for 3 days, big whoop. For those with more serious cases, ask your doctor for HCQ or Ivermectin and the recovery will be a day or two at most. If your doctor won’t prescribe it, contact the Frontline Docs who can get it for you.
          They will go through the entire Greek alphabet to get the world inoculated, the next ‘variant’ will be Epsilon.

          • Anonymous on July 22, 2021 at 9:39 am

            You are so right on. I agree with everything you said. It wouldn’t hurt to make sure you get enough vitamin D, and some zinc for extra measure. A virus that the survival is so good, doesn’t need a vaccine thrown down our throats.

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 1:05 pm

        Oh great another Qanon cult follower with sh*t for brains.

  7. Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Did you miss it?? I’ll bet you did. July 14th was International Non-Binary peoples day!! I can’t believe more wasn’t made of this in the National Media. There are over 1 million U.S. adults that do not identify as either male or female, and I for one think they are way past due to receive the recognition they deserve. It’s a shame the vast majority of those who identify in this manor are under age 29 and white. I hereby challenge the non-binary culture to become more diverse/inclusive and less racist, by allowing more minorities into you group. This is your only hope in getting Grandpa Joe to declare a Federal Holiday to honor you.

    • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Stand nude in front of a mirror, if you see a penis, you’re male. If you see a vagina, you’re female. What is so hard to understand? If you have a problem then go to a sensible physicatrist. It might also be a benefit to talk with a head of your clergy. May God help you!!

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 6:57 am

      Couldn’t agree more. We need a “National I Don’t Stand For Anything Day”. Oh wait, we had that on election day

  8. Anonymous on July 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Question about the new flower pots on Main Street. Is that their color or are they going to be painted yet?

    • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 6:44 am

      It doesn’t matter the color, they are eyesores, what a waste of money. The pot by North County Road is blocking the view of oncoming traffic, its hard enough to see the east bound traffic, now they put a flower pot there to block your view, what a bunch of idiots.

      • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 8:34 am

        While I agree with you in some regards, I think the placement was not given the proper thought. There are some in place that do indeed block drivers view of oncoming traffic. Others interfere with the walking path and hinder handicap access.

      • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 3:28 pm

        Wouldn’t say eyesore, but cheap looking. Should have spent more on fancier ones. They match all the black pothole patches haha.

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 6:47 am

        Must be nice to sit back and complain all the time, meanwhile not being willing to donate time or money to help. Such a nice view from the catbird seat.

    • Anonymous on July 16, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Ugly Ugly Ugly those pots don’t match anything . Look cheep , BUT PROBABLY NOT.

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 6:49 am

        So easy to snipe when you’ve done nothing to benefit the community. Stick to your secret keyboard, let the adults handle the rest.

        • Anonymous on July 19, 2021 at 6:28 am

          Your an idiot, would love to meet you and set you straight.

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 7:09 am

        Cheep? Before you take to the anonymous airwaves to complain, at least learn how to spell. Your comment would be much better taken if you spent as much time on your grammar as you do slighting the people that are actually trying to help this community.

  9. Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Gotta love Missouri. Filled up my car over there today and gas was $2.67 a gallon ($3.29 here). Sixty two cents lower is a good savings. Last week it was $2.72 over there. Of course it goes up here and seems to change only for an increase. Besides myself, I know of six other families here in town that buy all their groceries and gasoline in St.Louis. 38 miles one way isn’t that far to drive for such good savings.

    • Anonymous on July 14, 2021 at 10:57 am

      You must not be local originally. Old news. Been like that for decades. My time is more valuable then worried about saving $14 bucks.

    • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 8:11 am

      So in other words, you’re cheap and not to bright.

      • Anonymous on July 15, 2021 at 3:29 pm

        It’s too, not to, bright guy.
        Not too bright to put wear & tear on your car.

  10. Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I wish people would stop draining their house water across sidewalks and into ditches. Full ditches are breeding grounds for mosquitos, and for those of us who walk, water across the sidewalk is hazardous– especially in the winter when it freezes or when it is mossy and slick!

    • Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      I agree with sidewalk or driveway or street.
      Ditches, I disagree.

    • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      I assume you are referring to sump pumps and downspouts. Pretty sure already not allowed to dump out near sidewalk as cause icing hazards. But also where is the water supposed to go if not in the ditches

      • Anonymous on July 24, 2021 at 11:15 am

        When the ditches have water in them all the time, it is a health hazard since mosquitos breed in standing water. If the ditches drained, it would be fine. Come look down at the dtich in the 1000 block of Madison. It constantly has water– stagnant water– standing in it!

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 6:53 am

      Is there so much water across the walking paths that it’s hazardous? Seems hyperbolic to me.

  11. Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    I know this isn’t right but I’m really jealous of those people that don’t have to work but still get money from the government. There are things at home I would like to do but don’t have the time because I have a job. I feel guilty and angry at the same time.

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      You could have done the same but, if you have a good work ethic that little voice in your head says, don’t be a lowlife, you’re above that, be proud of your upbringing.

      • Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 10:30 am

        I have a sister-in-law who is on unemployment and also receives the extra $300. I wouldn’t be so mad if it wasn’t for the fact she is always going shopping and buying things. She said I should just quit my job because they can’t deny you unemployment. At what point did our society embrace unemployment as a career?

        • Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 12:06 pm

          They started embracing unemployment when the U.S. became the laziest, fattest country in the world.

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      I would love to take a month long vacation with pay. Don’t want to be greedy…LOL

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      Imagine how you are going to feel when famlies start getting that $500 child tax credit starting July 15. Unless you have a child under age 17, you are s**t out of luck. Are past jealous and into major angry??

  12. Anonymous on July 9, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Has anyone seen any of the food trucks in town? I haven’t seen any since last year.

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Better places to go I bet. Also one that came a lot no longer is in business

  13. Anonymous on July 9, 2021 at 9:20 am

    While registering my high schooler for the new year, I started wondering about some of the fees. One in particular is the student parking fee. We pay an excessive amount of property taxes to the school already so I don’t really understand why we have to pay for the kids to park. So I have three questions about this fee. #1: why do we need to pay to park? . #2: where does the money grabbed by this fee go towards? #3: does the staff have to pay to park? If not, then why do the students? Want to see a classic deer-in-the-headlights look? Go ask questions 2 & 3 to anyone on staff at the school and you will see that look. Ask question #1 and you will probably get the answer I received “we’ve always charged the students to park”.

    • Anonymous on July 10, 2021 at 9:14 am

      I agree. If it were a small parking lot, then I could understand setting it up as a “first come, first serve” type of registration, or maybe seniors only along with a fee. However, MHS has a HUGE parking lot. Why do students have to pay a fee. Seems like just another way to grab some extra money to me. Shame on the school district!

      • Anonymous on July 10, 2021 at 6:12 pm

        I believe the parking fees should be used to maintain the parking lots.instead they are using taxpayers money to redo parking lots that were in good condition and needed no repairs

      • Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 12:25 am

        With the amount of $ spent to transport students to & from school. Why is it necessary to provide a parking lot for the students? Because we (the tax payers) aren’t getting proper representation on the school board & no one will ask the hard questions.

        • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 8:31 am

          We can ask but I guarantee that we will just be patted on the head and told that we don’t understand how a school district is ran.

      • Anonymous on July 13, 2021 at 4:26 pm

        The parking fee is $50 per student. Not sure why there is a fee at all. I too am curious as to whether the staff at the high school has to pay the fee. If so, how much do they pay? If not, then why should the students? I know several students park in the front lot of the building near the main entrance to avoid the fee.

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      You live in Mascoutah. What did you expect?

    • Anonymous on July 12, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      I can attest that Mascoutah has fairly low overall fees compared to other schools of similar size in the area. The state continues to lag behind in disbursing money which has put the schools in a bind. While the school taxes are a significant part of your tax bill be glad that you are getting something for your money. We continue to pay very high county taxes and have terrible roads and loads of general mismanagement and waste within the county.

      • Anonymous on July 14, 2021 at 9:27 am

        Actually, the portion of our property tax bill that goes to the county is only about 12% of our total bill.

  14. Anonymous on July 8, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Ok so we have been in this pandemic for over a year. The Missouri side has had an increase in cases. Everyone needs to get vaccinated that can, all others need to wear their masks over the NOSE and MOUTH. So simple. Just do it. So easy.

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 5:29 pm


    • Anonymous on July 14, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      If you are being forced to get a poisonous ‘vax’ be aware that Nuremberg trials 2.0 are going on now. Any hospital, doctor, nurse, employer, teacher, professor, school pushing this medical experiment, unapproved by the FDA, are liable for violating the Nuremberg Code. Follow the trials at nurembergtrials.net and be informed.

      • Anonymous on July 17, 2021 at 4:25 pm

        Oh good lord. Just go crawl into a hole please

  15. Anonymous on July 8, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    The Belleville news Democrat has an article that says Ameren is forgiving $29 million in utility bills to help their customers. Why can’t Mascoutah do that?

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 12:22 am

      They could but then rates would go up to recoup the lost revenue

  16. Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 8:29 am

    It’s just a float. They’re not asking to open a brothel on Main Street.

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 8:33 am

      OMG! We’re allowed to have a brothel on Main Street? (jumps up and down, clapping with glee). We should open one in the old Mascoutah Steak House building. That would be a perfect location! Can you imagine the amount of business they would have during the Chili CookOff?

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 9:27 am

      are we talking a gay brothel or would it be for everybody

      • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 11:57 am

        I guess it would depend on the business permit the Council would issue. It seems only fair to make it all inclusive…LOL. Couldn’t you imagine the discussions the council men would have regarding rules and sales tax? Of course, there would probably be a lot of objections to their float in the homecoming parade.

    • Anonymous on July 10, 2021 at 12:08 am

      Just speaking. These folks wanting to make a statement/impact with a float. The MIA needs a group to fry chicken for the Homecoming. Why not step up & contact the MIA & volunteer to fry chicken for the Homecoming? You can help the community & make a statement @ the same time. What can you loose?

      • Anonymous on July 10, 2021 at 9:11 am

        That’s a fantastic idea!!! Bravo to you!!

  17. Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 8:32 am

    If you feel gays are sinners and should be shoved in the closet (no pun intended), what would you say about a straight male watching pay-per-view porn on cable and thinking his wife does not know about it. I’m the wife.

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Sin is sin. Watching porn is no different than adultery. He is coveting another through visual pleasure. It’s sinful.

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      This came up 2 years ago . Big plans . No action. Just a lot of stuff on FB in support and against. No one entered a Pride float. Some one just wants to stir the pot. Freedom of speech. Its a great thing. if the priders want recognition and acceptance for their life style so be it. I would suggest the pride community volunteer with in a community . The movement would be better served by actions than in your face except me. I except they want to be treated equal that’s America. I read on the page , writers talking of sin pay- for-view and porn. As I understand the thought is just as much sin as the action. So to the wife you have never looked at a guy with out his shirt or swimmer in a Speedo without a thought? No your human. The bible says all that god created is good. Why aren’t gays good? A male dog will hump another male dog and a female will do the same ,go’s for cattle to.

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      come on man dont turn the parade into a circus next you got a blm float then a proud boys float and moms for Trump float where do you draw the line on free speech????

      • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 11:32 pm

        The Proud Boys float could go alongside the BLM float. To save space, the KKK and Black Panthers could share a float.

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2021 at 8:11 am

      i like to watch golf on tv because it helps me with my game, lately though when my wife would go in the kitchen i’d turn on the porn chanel then back to golf when she came back in the room , the third time she caught me she said “leave the porn chanel on you already know how to play golf”

  18. Anonymous on June 30, 2021 at 6:43 am

    My friends and I are thinking about putting a gay Pride float in the Homecoming parade this year. Yes or no?

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2021 at 7:44 am

      Absolutely! Be you snd don’t let anyone tell you different.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:32 am

        You must be a fruit loop to, move to San Francisco if you want preach being a fruit

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      It’s 2021, love who you want but who says you need to have a float that you prefer the same sex? I guess I just don’t understand why a float is needed.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:04 am

        I guess you could pose the same question to the churches in town, or the library, or the c ity, etc. It’s just fun to be part of the City, to celebrate the homecoming. Nothing more.

        • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 8:59 am

          Those are actual organizations, not a sexual orientation. Those people are promoting their “business.”

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Be careful, there are more bigot’s in this town then you might think.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:26 am

        Yes there is and I for one will speak out.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:36 am

        LOL see what I mean. This town has alot of backward f**ks in this town.

        • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 11:30 am

          Hypocrite considering your mentally ill, & use body parts not the way they were intended for. Yeah go to Chicago or NY or Cali or STL. Wouldn’t recommend getting all rainbow in mascoutah

          • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

            Imagine getting this upset because some people are deciding to be happy with who they are. News flash: no one is holding a gun to you or your kids to turn gay. That would be about as bad as forcing their kid to be straight under threat of abandonment, disownment, and homelessness… OH WAIT…

            I kinda agree about that last part though. Clearly celebrating pride is more tolerated in a major city than some half-dead Midwestern farming village, huh?

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 8:27 am

          That means your a gay blade also, keep it to yourself. Nobody else cares

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Hell no, Mascoutah don’t need s*** like that. Its a disgrace

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Sinners! Heathens! Mentally deranged! Unstable!

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      I don’t get the need to shove the gayness in our faces. I thought you just wanted to live your chosen way of life without interference. We have the same goal. We just want to live our way of life without someone shoving their chosen behaviors in our faces.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 2:28 pm

        Mascoutah showing there true colors. Still think you live in a good town???

        • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 4:14 pm

          Yeah, pretty disheartening. Unfortunately I do think it is a few people that are not accepting.

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 8:29 am

          Its a great town, and we are going to keep it that way, you wanna gay float, go somewhere else, it don’t belong here in Mascoutah.

          • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 8:26 am

            The word is “It’s.” Place a period behind the word “way.” Capitalize “Y” in the word “you.” Place period after the word “else.” Capitalize the “I” in “It.” Use “doesn’t” instead of “don’t.” Okay, your good to go now. Feel free to carry on with your ignorance.

          • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 12:09 pm

            Here’s an idea,when the float comes down the street,put a bag over your head or better yet don’t attend the parade at all,problem solved,wasn’t that easy?

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 4:17 pm

          There’s like 20 people on here commenting. That’s not the full 7000 population opinion

          • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 8:19 am

            Wow! Are you psychic? I’m beyond impressed with your abilities to read each comment and guess who wrote it.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 8:40 pm

        110% agree/correct

  19. Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    What a great time to be in Mascoutah! Our high school sports are doing incredible. We are getting ready to be in prime Mascoutah showcase time with the Forth of July events and the Mascoutah Homecoming. I am so glad we decided to move to this community 20 years ago for the great schools and have decided to stay and make this our forever community.

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Wow, honey! Either lay off the weed or the sugar high! Nice but a little over the top.

      • Anonymous on June 29, 2021 at 9:52 am

        Lol haha

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      The resurgence in the athletic program in town has been really neat. When I was in high school we were pretty bad at everything. What’s the difference now?

  20. Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Please be careful when coming to intersections now that the crops are up. I always appreciate when the farmers leave a little square by intersections. I know the farmer at the southeast corner of fuesser rd and richter rd always does that. Kudos to the farmers out there trying to help protect the public.

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      Some small-cap guns;
      Snake or glow worm pellets;
      Smoke devices;
      Trick noisemakers (known as party poppers);
      Booby traps;
      Trick matches;
      Cigarette loads; and
      Auto burglar alarms
      This is a list of fireworks allowed in Illinois. Why does Mascoutah allow the sale of fireworks that are illegal in Illinois than warn us thru the Herald not to use them. Doesn’t make sense the police allowing illegal activity.

      • Anonymous on June 29, 2021 at 9:54 am

        Zzzzzzzzz “crying noise”
        America! USA!

  21. Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Does anyone know anymore details about the splash pad that has been proposed for Scheve Park? I believe the Lion’s club fish frys proceeds were being donated for the cause. Is this being spear headed by the MIA or the City. I can’t wait for Mascoutah to get a splash pad. I love the pool but sometimes can be intimidating for my little kids. We love the splash pad in O’Fallon but want to stay in Mascoutah. Thanks for any additional information.

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2021 at 5:42 pm

      hopefully by the pool and not way over by the green space off tenth st & house owners

  22. Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Is Mascoutah having their traditional 4th of July festival this year? I remember seeing they are having the fireworks but did not see if they are having rides, entertainment, food, etc. Thanks

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      No. Just fireworks. It’s been on the city’s website and in the Herald several times.

      • Anonymous on June 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

        I saw that back in May and just didn’t know since CDC guidance had changed if any provisions were being made to do more things to help defray the cost of the fireworks. As someone that has thoroughly enjoyed going to the park on July 4th, spending money and having a good time with all, I wish the city could capitalize on the people that just come and don’t help support the costs associated with the event. Maybe donation buckets on the sixth street and harnett street. I would volunteer to help work. Just a thought.

  23. Anonymous on June 27, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Pride Month is over on June 30 and I’m sure there are many of you that are really glad it is. But it is more than a month. When you look past all the parades and rainbow flags flying, you will see people who just want to be accepted for who they are. They want to be accepted in the work place like anyone else. They want to love who they wish, marry their heart’s desire, and raise a family like everyone else. If it takes a month of massive parades, speakers, demonstrations, etc to try and get their point across, then so be it.
    The bottom line is this: They just want to live their lives like everyone else. Is that so hard to accept?

    • Anonymous on June 27, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      I find it interesting that the school board president claims he has no ties to the contractor doing the million dollar parking lot paving job but his minority company has done work with them and the subcontractors doing the work also how they took the millings from the middle school to the DMS yard which is not a legal disposal site I hope the elected school board looks into this matter his minority company has done work on the tennis court I’m pretty sure that’s illegal

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 10:23 pm

        He is not a minority, so he doesn’t have a minority company. He is a white male.

        • Anonymous on July 2, 2021 at 10:20 am

          His daughter’s mother has a minority company I believe it’s AMS they did work on the school tennis court people please wake up the school district needs to look into his dealings with Hemmer construction before the the state’s attorneys office starts investigation and makes the school district look bad

    • Anonymous on June 27, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Sinners! Mentally sick.

      • Anonymous on June 27, 2021 at 4:11 pm

        Are you referring to the gay people or the board president?

      • Anonymous on July 3, 2021 at 6:08 pm

        Implying someone is mentally ill in a negative light has created a stigma for those who need help and are ashamed. We have lost too many lives. Please watch what you say when you are oblivious to the facts of mental health.

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Yes, it is very hard to accept, they are very sick people. Fruit loooooops

  24. Anonymous on June 25, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Get ready people! The shooting of fireworks has begun. We had some over on Widgeon Dr. Nothing serious, but it’s not the 4th yet either. Im sure the best is yet to come.

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      America! USA! USA! USA! Time to celebrate & party. Blast em off!

  25. Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Can someone please explain to me how “refinancing” $7.4 million in bonds adds the same amount to the expense budget of the school district? Refinancing involves borrowing from a lender to repay debt from another lender, usually at a better rate. A small amount of expense may occur, for possible fees, but not the full amount of the refinancing.

    • Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Traditionally in municipal or school refinancing, the agency has to budget the expense side of paying off the old debt and the revenue side to have the new debt. It is very confusing and I asked the same question when I was on a board. Ultimately it saves money for the district taxpayers and that is a good thing.

      • Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm

        I understand what you’re saying, but according to the article in the Herald, only the expense side of the budget was amended?

  26. Anonymous on June 23, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Has anyone used Pods, U-Pack, or Packrat for moving from one state to another state? I want to minimize damage to my property and any recommendations or suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

  27. Anonymous on June 23, 2021 at 10:52 am

    I like Mascoutah that’s why we moved to this town instead of another when I was transferred. The thing I find horrible is my utility bills. I have lived in 4 other states thus far in my career. Cost here are by far the highest I have ever paid. Why?? I have a coworker who lives in O’Fallon. We compared bills his usage was 12 units higher than mine yet his bill was $126.00 lower. Why does Mascoutah charge these high prices?

    • Anonymous on June 23, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      What to you mean by units? And, are you removing water and sewer charges? The utilities are consolidated?

      • Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 1:09 pm

        I should have said kilowatts used. Yes I just compared electric usage .

    • Anonymous on June 23, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Mascoutah’s electric is definitely higher than surrounding communities. Just remember your city bill includes electric, water, and sewer. O’Fallon’s bill has separate bills for water, sewer, and electric. Ever since Mike Baker was not elected mayor and vacated his council seat, I have not heard anything about electric. It is going to get real ugly if prairie state shuts down like the legislature wants.

      • Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        Mike may not be on the council any more but he won’t give up the fight. The present council needs to listen.

  28. Anonymous on June 20, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations to the MHS Boys Track Team! We are so proud of you!

    • Anonymous on June 21, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      What did the track team do?

      • Anonymous on June 22, 2021 at 5:31 pm

        Wow!! Remove the rock you live under.

        • Anonymous on June 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

          Actually I have been out of town for awhile. But thanks for the rock reply. Reinforces that hometown, friendly attitude Mascoutah is known for. After calling two 2021 graduates and one of them calling someone else, I finally got an answer. I guess all is well now and I can crawl back under that rock.

          • Anonymous on June 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

            Get a new phone when you get there.

        • Anonymous on June 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm

          Really? Under a rock?? The person was simply asking a question. Why respond like a bitter, crab a$$ed A-hole? Oh, never mind…..you probably voted Biden, that would explain it. Hey, just live with it quietly, don’t take out the frustration of your poor choice on the rest of us.

  29. Anonymous on June 19, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I was driving on 6th street earlier and a car of teenagers going the opposite direction passed me and throughout firecrackers at me. I was surprised and it happened so quickly that i didn’t have time to turn around and follow them. This is not funny. Someone could have gotten hurt. Dont they have stuff better to do.

  30. Anonymous on June 18, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Does anyone consider it a good idea for our sitting President to provide a list of the United States 16 most critical infrastructure entities we wouldn’t want hacked by cyber criminals, to the leader of the country most accused of hacking US systems? Ok Vlad here ya go. I’d appreciate it if you would leave the ones on this list alone if that’s ok with you. I guess the one’s NOT listed are fair game? At what point do you consider this doddering geriatric a risk to National Security?

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2021 at 12:03 am

      If you don’t think every other nation state knows the IP addresses of the critical infrastructure sites already, you’re living in denial. Just as we know theirs. Ask yourself why the utilities put their access out on the internet knowing it was not secure. They used to use point to point connections when the access was needed. As a matter of convenience they placed their systems on an open network for easier access.

  31. Anonymous on June 18, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. It’s good that blacks have a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery. Since I’m not black and the holiday isn’t for me, I do appreciate the extra day off.

    • Anonymous on June 18, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Just another attempt from Grandpa Joe’s staff to once again offer proof as to how ‘woke’, caring and life like he truly is. After the signing, the President’s staff allowed him to recite from the teleprompter and he made the following statement; “Great Nations don’t ignore their most painful moments, they don’t ignore the moments of the past….they embrace them.” Dear Joe, would you consider tearing down statues and monuments embracing the past? How about the rewriting of our American history via the 1619 project?

    • Anonymous on June 21, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      I can’t believe that more people are not outraged about how stupid Juneteenth is and how it is a federal holiday. They will moan and groan and get bent out of shape regarding a Pride Month – which is not a holiday – but won’t get upset about this. Oh yeah. Now I get it. Federal holiday equals day off. OMG!

      • Anonymous on June 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm

        As a straight, White male I actually have no problem with Juneteenth being a holiday. Look at it as black Americans celebrating their independence from the slave masters. Same as celebrating our ancestors independence from the English king. Even though Juneteenth doesn’t affect me since I am White and can’t celebrate it (and have no reason to) I can see why it’s important to black Americans. On another note, I am curious as to why Illinois has a holiday for Casimir Pulaski.

    • Anonymous on June 22, 2021 at 8:04 am

      I wonder when the Indians will get there day. We gave up our land forced to live in reservations.

      • Anonymous on June 22, 2021 at 9:47 pm

        But who did the Indians take the land from when they first migrated here?

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Agreed. It’s good to see at least one other person around here who is capable of being happy and having empathy for other people.

  32. Anonymous on June 17, 2021 at 10:08 am

    To the little monsters that thinks setting off firecrackers when working people are trying to sleep is funny, we will catch you and call the cops. And to the parents…take care of your brats.

  33. Anonymous on June 16, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Another corrupt Mascoutah government worker! The poop plant guy! Only in Mascoutah. Classic. Classy. Fricking Mayberry ha. Got off easy, must have had a great Attorney & a short record.

    • Anonymous on June 17, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      I’d move if I were you. But you’ll stay and whine just like most.

    • Anonymous on June 18, 2021 at 8:05 am

      Every single state, county, town, city, village, etc., has some level of corruption. Even the military has it. Not sure why you seem to think it is something unique to Mascoutah.

  34. Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that the former city manager who was fired is now back and running the homecoming parade? Seems odd.

    • Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      I don’t believe he was fired. I believe he resigned.

    • Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Why? Maybe he wants to volunteer and has turned a corner on his addiction. Also why didn’t you step up to do it?

      • Anonymous on June 15, 2021 at 8:35 pm

        Good for him. He’s stepping up and helping his community. How about you? The homecoming is coming back and it really needs volunteers. Many of the older members are slowing down. We need new blood…. new younger volunteers. Please help! …and please support those that are.

      • Anonymous on June 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm


    • Anonymous on June 14, 2021 at 10:53 am

      His kids are in the mascoutah school district, and they frequent activities in town. He’s a just a normal person, leave him alone. 5+ years on a occupation doesn’t define a person. He also did a pretty good. Besides, somebody has to do it. I guarantee ten people aren’t lining up for that volunteer job.

    • Anonymous on June 15, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      Just thought I’d reply to this one. Yes the former city manager resigned for personal reasons. He has stepped up to get back involved in the community by volunteering to chair the parades. People should be happy not critically questioning someone for volunteering. I have commitments in June July and August and wont be in town for homecoming this year . Believe me the parade is no easy task. Each year it gets harder to find volunteers. This year Im helping Cody. Please step up your help is needed to insure another great parade. Thank Mike Baker past parade chair.

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2021 at 8:41 am

      So what, maybe he lives to run the homecoming.

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      There will be a plethora of booze!

      • Anonymous on June 21, 2021 at 10:22 pm

        Of course. It is the Mascoutah Homecoming und Drunkfest

    • Anonymous on June 19, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      Cody was and is a good person. He was better than most of the past and present city managers. He developed a problem, who doesn’t have a problem? Cody was and still is a very good person and I’m proud to know him!!!!

    • Anonymous on June 22, 2021 at 7:57 am

      Yes people have noticed. The ones paying attention have also noticed that he’s a really decent guy who had personal issues in his past that he now has under control. I think it shows a huge amount of character for him to come back and offer his time to handle the organizing and operation of the homecoming parade. Look at your own life, I’m sure there are skeletons hiding there you aren’t proud of. Wouldn’t it be nice if the people around you would accept and forgive rather than sit on their thrones in judgement?

  35. Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    I hope that bear in New Memphis finds a safe place to hide. It would be a shame to have someone shoot it. Poor thing!

    • Anonymous on June 14, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      I think the Illinois DNR is monitoring its travels. Maybe it’s on a summer vacation!

  36. Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I took a walk through the park this morning and was amazed at the amount of activity that was going on so early. The city pool was full of school kids, i’m assuming some sort of summer school class. Many adults walking around getting their exercise. I wander if the city has looked into forming some sort of programs to encourage residents to get together and exercise or just to be able to meet. Just thinking of different ideas. Thanks Mascoutah for the great park!

    • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Why should the city spend money for community activities at the park? If residents want to meet up and walk around the park, or hang out at the pavilion, then do so. The city has better things to do and better things to spend their money on. I understand you love the park, and that is great. But rethink your statement.

      • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 10:35 am

        Never once said the city should pay for it. Maybe you should rethink your statement.

        • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 1:41 pm

          Even having a city employee “look into” something costs money. That employee doesn’t do it for free. I understand what you are saying and I think it is admirable. But any sort of program should be left up to the residents not the city.

          • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm

            The city is here for the residents. Most communities have robust parks and recs departments that provided opportunities for residents. I understand what you are saying, and appreciate that but the city has staff that are being paid to provide opportunities for the residents.

          • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

            The city does not have a parks and recreation department, nor do they have the staff to do that. They are doing the best the can with their options.

          • Anonymous on June 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

            If your all about City employees maybe you should check out how much time they spend doing nothing but riding around in the City Trucks, or find them at the local convenience store, so you want to talk about money, get a grip on the City of Mascoutah employees, they have a pretty easy job.

        • Anonymous on June 12, 2021 at 12:05 pm

          I pay taxes and I think some should go towards community events

      • Anonymous on June 12, 2021 at 8:29 pm

        There is a parks and recreation department. Know your facts. Go to mascoutah.org/departments

        • Anonymous on June 13, 2021 at 8:40 pm

          Yes there is but there is no park specific tax like a lot of other communities.

  37. Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:00 am

    I am sure excited that it looks like we will get to have our Homecoming this year! This is where Mascoutah is at its best! Volunteers, people supporting each other, that is why I love living in this town. Many people like to spew negativities and misinformation on this forum and I am sure they will find something negative to say. I love my town, my school, and most of the people here!

  38. Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Why is it that I can go to just about any dine-in restaurant and actually dine inside, yet every fast food restaurant I visit doesn’t allow dining in?

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Rather than employ personnel they’ll end up eliminating once the $15 minimum wage kicks into full gear, maybe they’re opting to end inside dining all together. After all, we’ve all become acclimated to drive thru only due to past Covid restrictions. Just a guess of course, but if McD’s was my store that’s what I would do.

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

      Lack of workers and cheaper to not have to clean, etc

  39. Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Just got my property tax bill. Have lived in the same house on Impala since the mid 1990’s. Now, just the portion going to the school district is more than the whole tax bill was just a few years ago. I think it’s about time to call it quits to living in Illinois. I just can’t think of any sane reason to go on living here.

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 11:42 am

      There are plenty of valid reasons to vacate the State of Illinois, all revolve around our idiotic Governor put into office by the same voters responsible for our current President, but your ‘local’ tax bill can’t be blamed on the State. On my bill, 61% of the total was for Mascoutah Unit #19. We all voted for the new High School building that was truly needed, and the new Wingate Elementary school that resides practically in Belleville. I know, I know, we were told that our taxes wouldn’t be affected, but if you believed that you probably vote blue and will continue to do so blindly. Our school district is one of the best in the area. This keeps our community attractive to new residents and helps to maintain our housing prices. It also provides a first class education to those who are willing to put in the work to learn. While I wish it was half what it is, I also don’t have a problem supporting our district.

      • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:05 am

        I agree with your post. I wish my taxes were half also but having a top notch school system is worth every penny to me. The community supported building both the new (10 year old) high school and wingate elementary. Our increased property values are because of the excellent school and community that we live in. Kudos to all the staff at the school and city that make our community great!

      • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:15 am

        One of the best??? All schools are one of the best. For some reason other ONE OF THE BEST schools don’t pay what Dist 19 does. Geez

        • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:21 am

          I would disagree with you. Look at our rankings. Mascoutah is almost always ranked near the top in the metro east and the state. I would encourage you to look at the tax rates compared to our neighbors and state schools and I you will find our rate is amongst the lowest around.

          • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 5:44 pm

            Only when compared to similar size schools. Belleville and O’Fallon high schools aren’t comparable to Mascoutah because of the larger student populations.

        • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:23 am

          Mascoutah routinely ranks amongst the best in the metro east and the state. They have one of the lowest tax rates around. Do a little research before you spew our your negativity.

      • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 5:40 pm

        I don’t think Mascoutah attracts that many people. In fifty years (1970-2020) the population grew by just slightly more than 3,000

  40. Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I had read some of the earlier posts of people complaining about mail delivery. I can see why. I get the Mascoutah Herald in the mail. I just received the last three issues three days ago. Today I received a catalog that had on the cover “prices effective April 2,2021-April 25,2021”. The catalog is basically useless at this point in June. Several of my bills are also arriving late. Good thing I can check online to see when certain bills are due.

    • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Did notice my property tax bill came right on time! The post office is definitely not going to hold that up! I’m just trying to have a little fun! I love my mail carrier. He is the nicest guy and always has a smile on his face.

  41. Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    So our animatronic joke of a President can travel to Tulsa and deliver what has to be the most disgusting anti-American speech ever given by a sitting President, but can’t be bothered to mention a tribute to the brave that gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy. Anyone who voted for this man truly should have to pass a basic intelligence test before the next election. Well done all you Biden voters!

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      I agree 100%. Some talk has sprung up about paying the families a reparation for the incident. If that happens what about the families of the ones lost at Pearl Harbor. Neither of the victims asked for what happened.

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      Would you expect anything less from a puppet?

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2021 at 8:03 am

      We all know there are a lot of racist in Mascoutah but, you don’t have to show it here.

      • Anonymous on June 9, 2021 at 11:57 am

        You are So Stupid!!

      • Anonymous on June 9, 2021 at 12:46 pm

        Yes there is, and I am proud to be one of them.

      • Anonymous on June 9, 2021 at 2:05 pm

        Nothing racist has been said.

      • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm

        I read nothing racist anywhere in the comment. Or is having an opinion against a man who was himself accused of being a racist by his own Vice President now considered ‘being racist’.

        • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:19 am

          I can read between the lines also. And what happen 100 years ago is called racist. Open the mind ppl.

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 11:34 am

      I’m confused. What about the president’s speech bothered you? What about it was “anti-American,” as you put it? Were the 39 (likely much more than that) dead, 800+ injured, 6000 imprisoned in internment facilities, and 10,000 left homeless after the Tulsa massacre not Americans like you? Is Biden as unAmerican as those who got into planes and dropped bombs on various buildings during the attack, a domestic aerial assault on American soil?
      Yes, Memorial Day is meant to honor the brave men and women in uniform who gave their lives to defending this country and its people. We honor them every year, as they well deserve, but no one has talked/would talk about the Tulsa massacre. Schools didn’t even start teaching about it until the early ’00s.
      To learn from history we need to come to terms with it. Not ignore it because it makes us uncomfortable.

      • Anonymous on June 11, 2021 at 8:29 am

        Biden could have commemorated the event by addressing the ways Americans have attempted to end racism in the past century, including electing the first black man to be president of the United States, and the first ‘woman of color’ as VP. He could have mentioned the accomplishments and contributions of generations of successful black entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, engineers, artists, preachers, athletes, etc. Instead, what he chose to do is continue to spew his normal BS rhetoric that America is still as racist today as it was 100 years ago. I guess that’s why people of color are storming the Southern border to get in here. Makes sense to me, of all the countries to flee to, lets pick the most racist one on the planet. Yes, I’d call that anti-American.

  42. Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    To the adults who allow their children to use the Mascoutah pool. Please explain that chairs should not be saved by placing a towel on the chair. The chairs should be for adults only. If the kids need a rest, then spread a towel on the concrete, and take a rest. I’m to the point where I don’t feel bad removing a towel from the chair so I can use it.

    • Anonymous on June 6, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      I agree. There is no need for the children to be territorial. They very rarely set down anyway.

  43. Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 8:25 am

    I opened up the Herald today and there was no Sound Off! OMG!!! Where is my Sound Off? We want Sound Off! We want Sound Off! OK, well, at least I do.

    • Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 10:50 am

      I hope they didn’t cancel it. Thats my favorite part of the paper. Mascoutah people crack me up.

      • Anonymous on June 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

        It’s like reading the comics. I love it! Plus sometimes there are serious discussions that may not happen under ordinary circumstances. I think it is a win-win.

    • Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 10:52 am

      We can only hope it goes away, forever!

      • Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm


        • Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 3:17 pm

          The only people that want it gone are those that voted Biden. Thanks to the national media, facebook and twitter, it’s the only outlet someone can vent without it being taken down or edited. #truth.

    • Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      That’s the only reason I got the paper. The whining liberals complain about the dumbest stuff it’s hilarious.

    • Anonymous on June 4, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      just curious if anyone had comments on the new Mascoutah Eye Care Clinic building proposal across from TOM’s Supermarket…no mention in the city council/chamber news?

      • Anonymous on June 4, 2021 at 1:44 pm

        I went there once. Nice people but wayyyyy over priced. I ended up going back to all about eyes.

        • Anonymous on June 7, 2021 at 6:08 am

          I’m afraid I have to agree. super nice, but super pricey. I have myself, and two kids that wear glasses. I can’t afford them and I my insurance doesn’t cover eyeglasses. Also not much of a frame selection. I do wish them well however.

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 8:04 am

        What kind of comment are you wanting? Glad they are doing well enough to build a new place.

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2021 at 9:43 pm

        I’d rather have a new Tom’s.

        • Anonymous on June 7, 2021 at 6:05 am

          I dont see that happening. At least according to the rumor mill.

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      It isn’t being cancelled, I don’t think anyway. There for a while, no one was posting anything!

  44. Anonymous on May 31, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t know if anyone noticed that the school administration has approved an almost $1,000,000 contract to some company, Hemmer Construction, for fixing the parking lots. Seems like an awful lot of money considering the high school, administration building, and middle school have new lots. I assume that the school out behind Lowe’s has a new lot, so where is the money going. The grade school probably needs some work and perhaps the bus yard. I am not in construction, but it seems like a lot of money for limited work. And who is Hemmer Construction? Why didn’t Christ Brothers, Lake Contracting, DMS Contracting, Kilian Construction, or any of the other companies that bid jobs in Mascoutah bid on this?

    • Anonymous on June 1, 2021 at 10:13 am

      The school has an Executive Director of Business that can probably answer your questions.

      Those construction companies were probably not aware of the bid if it wasn’t advertised.

    • Anonymous on June 1, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      Hemmer Construction is owned out of Naples, Florida according to the state of Illinois. It appears a relation of the owners works out of Belleville. This location is run by a guy who has been in the construction industry for many years. He has worked in nearly every aspect of the industry, so he undoubtedly knows the construction market. He has worked for a couple of companies in the area helping them get established.

      • Anonymous on June 2, 2021 at 10:33 am

        Yes, the local guy has worked at Supplied Industrial Solutions which is who got the small contract that was discussed here last year.

        I believe he is now helping a local female minority contractor get established out of Mascouath.

        • Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 11:19 am

          Well, tell us more? It is hard to read between these lines. You seem to have just a little bit more information than what is written?!?!?

          • Anonymous on June 10, 2021 at 8:51 am

            From what I’ve heard from several of my friends who work at the school is that this Hemmer guy now works for School Board Pres. girlfriends company as well.

    • Anonymous on June 1, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      Sounds pretty greasy just like the other construction project that the school did at the high school last year.

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

        Is it being implied that the construction contracts are greasy because of who is getting/not getting the contracts? Or, is it because you think there are kickbacks of one type or another for limiting the pool of players to a few chosen contractors?

        The school will follow the money for the contractor and subcontractor, but it is probably very hard for them to follow the chain of promises done on handshakes and back room politics.

        • Anonymous on June 9, 2021 at 9:00 am

          Probably not kickbacks because the money trail is easier to follow. It is probably more around scratching each other’s backs. You help me here and I will help you over here. Just politics on a small level but someone helped someone else get a contract the didn’t deserve and there will be something coming in the back end.

      • Anonymous on June 14, 2021 at 8:43 am

        I think the most recent comment from June 1 is interesting. We have power and greed. Almost always leads to corruption. Shame on these people who took advantage for their own, I mean girlfriend’s, gain.

  45. Anonymous on May 24, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Don’t you find it funny? Robot Joe signs an anti-Asian hate crime bill, and the National media refer to Kamala Harris as “the first woman and person of Asian descent” to hold the office of VP. Guess they’ll pull out whatever part of her DNA they need that fits the story. Now if we can just get Joe to sign a anti-Black on Black crime bill, she can go back to being the “first black woman” to hold the office.

    • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 6:24 am

      I don’t think about the President daily, nor do I watch the main stream news. I recommend you get out of your house & go live life.

    • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 8:07 am

      I thinks it’s insulting to Biden to be called Robot Joe. He’s an animatron ( a mechanized puppet), not a robot. The Disney Imagineers say the biggest obstacle they face with his design is getting him to walk like a human. Up until now, all of the animatronics at the hall of presidents were designed to turn their heads slightly and move their arms. Designing one to walk (whether it’s up and down stairs or to & from a podium) has been difficult for Disney.

  46. Anonymous on May 24, 2021 at 8:01 am

    This past weekend there were 47 shootings in Chicago and 9 of those died. I guess Chicago is trying to take the top spot from St. Louis. What say ye BLM activists? Nothing? That figures.

    • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 1:10 am

      Can we at least wait until the Cardinals/White Sox series is over to see who won?

    • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 6:25 am

      Old news. Been going on for 5-7 decades.

  47. Anonymous on May 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Park Handicapped Accessibility Problems
    We have a handicapped accessibility problem at Scheve Park, and I’d like to merely start the conversation, gain community support and momentum, and then soon figure how to take this to the Mascoutah Parks and Recreation Board to figure potential resolutions without great additional expense to city residents.
    My name is Nate Wambold, and I’m a licensed Architect and a born and raised resident of Mascoutah.
    I don’t like using the phrase “handicapped accessibility”, as that brings a connotation to a specific and limited demographic, but using it grabs attention.
    Our problem extends far beyond the definition of handicapped. OUR PROBLEM IS LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY AND PARKING at some of our public spaces in town, and I’m merely starting with Scheve Park as it touches home at the moment for me. Accessibility concerns do include the handicapped, but they also include the otherwise aging population, people otherwise that have problems walking around or great distances, and even parents (and GRAND PARENTS) toting young children and needed accessories.
    In recent years, we’ve seen great improvements at Scheve Park on a number of fronts, including improving the baseball fields.
    However, we’ve taken away “easier access” parking, moved it further away, and have done very little to nothing to address closer parking spots for folks that NEED IT, nor has there been any attention given to how to traverse the deep ditches along borders of the park that are barriers, in and of themselves, to many simply trying to get into the park.
    We need more accessible parking spaces along borders of the park, curb-cuts/ramps, as well as “bridges” over these ditches. My intent, at this moment, is not to propose resolution, as it will take a village. I’m asking for thoughts on how to get and maintain momentum on this issue so there is better chance the city will act. And I’d like to see this happen very soon and will do and donate whatever I can to assist. We can look to fundraisers, donations, sponsorships, and even mere volunteering to make some of this happen vs. raising taxes. Taxes are already a concern for residents. Let’s not make things worse by trying to make things better.
    I’ve been thinking of these problems for a few years now watching my parents, as well as those of my friends, grow older with decreasing mobility. Again, accessibility is an issue for many other people for many other reasons, long-term or even temporary. However, my fire now under me is because of my parents and recent conversations trying to figure out how to get them up to the park so they can merely watch their grandchildren play a game from time to time, and the lack of close, plentiful, accessible parking coupled with more accessible paths in and out of the park makes this extremely difficult or even impossible (especially when the park is in full throttle during the seasons).
    Thank you for your time. You can find me on Facebook, and I hope we, as a community at large, can figure how to make this problem better for everyone.

    • Anonymous on May 23, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      “Handicap Accessibility “ is for a limited and specific demographic. But there is nothing negative about that fact. Anyway, from 6th street heading west on Harnett there are approximately 61 parking spaces, of which only 2 are handicap parking. Those 2 spots are at about midway between Harnett and 10th street. There is a sidewalk between the 2 spots that allows access to the park. I personally think that maybe there should be at least 3 more handicap parking spaces along that section of Harnett and a few more sidewalks that cross over the ditch. I don’t think it would be feasible to put any parking on the west end of the park along 10th street. Also when entering the park from 6th street near the pool and driving west, there are 3 or 4 handicap spaces on the left side of the road. Not sure if more spaces would be needed on that road. I really don’t think anyone is going to rework the park for every person that is older, or has walking problems, or is pushing a stroller, etc., etc.

      • Anonymous on June 2, 2021 at 1:42 pm

        Might be better to reach out to the city manager or a council member.

    • Anonymous on May 24, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      It sounds like you’ve already done some extensive research on the issue. I’m sure the city would be happy to consider any suggestions you may have. Perhaps as a licensed Architect, you would have the knowledge and ability to draw up a comprehensive plan that would bring our town up to Federal handicap standards? I’m sure the council, as well as your fellow citizens would appreciate your donated expertise.

      • Anonymous on May 27, 2021 at 8:33 pm

        Haven’t done the research. I’m merely observant to a situation needing improvement. It’s the responsibility of the municipality to handle such and then to implement those bare minimum accessibility standards. Whether or not there are any code deficiencies is not my point (yet it’s worth looking into to confirm they are at least met), I’m merely discussing well thought-out considerations for the public at large, that will just so happen to have a larger impact on those with mobility issues. With some improvements, all would benefit from being able to move in and out and about the park easier, more efficiently, safely, and possibly provide more parking (and accessible spots and drop-offs), without sacrificing any of the park itself.
        Some people will never “get it”. But many will, and do.
        I’m most happy to help with things and very much plan to do that which I can, with hopes it will make things better for the community at large.

    • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 6:28 am

      they’d rather spend money on bucket trucks and poles

      • Anonymous on May 25, 2021 at 7:42 am

        Well if the truck and poles are needed then so be it.

  48. Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    If anyone knows a gentleman with Illinois Disabled Veteran license plates (who uses the waste site), please let him know that when dumping yard waste at the city waste dump, bags are not allowed. There are at least 4 signs that state No Bags.

    • Anonymous on May 27, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Paper bags that are made to be biodegradable are allowed

      • Anonymous on May 27, 2021 at 2:06 pm

        I was told by the city that the paper biodegradable bags are not allowed. They end up ripping apart and the wind blows the pieces everywhere. In fact, I dumped some paper bags there one day and put the empty bags back in my trunk. A city employee on a tractor at the burn pile saw me dumpimg them and proceeded to drive up to me and berate me for leaving the bags. I let him talk stupid to me for a few minutes and then popped my trunk open to prove I kept the empty bags.

      • Anonymous on May 28, 2021 at 8:12 am

        When you apply for the waste site access card, or renew it thru the mail, the list of provided rules has the following listed as the first item on the prohibited item list: bags of any type. There are at least four signs stating “ No Bags Allowed” as you approach the gate and in the yard waste disposal area. Whoever is dumping bags there must be the same illiterate people that ignore the red octagons with the white letters of STOP on them.

        • Anonymous on June 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm

          The Council voted unanimously to allow biodegradable bags at the yard waste site.
          December 21, 2020.
          Five months later the City Code does not reflect the changes.

          • Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 11:34 am

            That’s our (out of town resident) City Clerk for you. Ridiculous. Uncalled for.

  49. Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 10:34 am

    I’m sounding off on the Sound-Off. Let me first preface by stating that I believe the Herald had good intentions to provide a platform for us to voice our opinions about the good things Mascoutah and us residents have to offer living in this great town. What I thought would be inspiring stories and testimonies of the positive things that take place every day in this community of neighbor helping neighbor; I have to say it is now appalling to read Sound-Off, which has become a turn-off. It has turned into “Facebook-on-paper” of you hiding behind the “anonymous comment box” to write mean, nasty, belligerent, rude, arrogant and sometimes venomous opinions/statements about friend, foe, neighbor, city official, police, store-clerk, and others who are trying their best to live and work and make a difference in this town. Sound-Off entitles you to your opinion (thank God we live in a free country that allows freedom of speech) so why not write or share a well-thought out opinion that strives for where we can all improve and thrive together. Everyday politeness, respect and kindness is a choice. Mascoutah is a town influenced by the engagement and happiness where families can draw from by interacting and socializing together. Mascoutah has offered a quality of life over the decades and even today to build, grow, support, provide, impact, energize, define, communicate, motivate, share and encourage how we all can continue to celebrate our long-lasting heritage and traditions with the best possible quality of life. This town might be slow in the process and outcome of that growth (but we are getting there) while remaining rich in culture, Christian values and morals and everyday good life for our children and loved ones. Sound-Off should be the platform of your positive experience or story of your neighbor, store clerk, postal worker, city official, police officer, firefighter, teacher, church volunteer, vet, nursing home/assisted living worker and any other resident or town member who helps make Mascoutah a friendly and special place to live!

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 11:41 am

      For goodness sake, change to Decaf, honey.

    • Anonymous on May 24, 2021 at 6:30 am

      What an idiot, get a job

    • Anonymous on May 29, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      You just described about every small town in this country.

  50. Anonymous on May 20, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Mascoutah Pool opening on schedule?

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:03 am

      Yep. Just released details I saw on Facebook

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 9:36 am

        Those hours are weak. Should open at 8am. Ridiculous. In fact, it should be 8-8 daily.

        • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 9:56 am


        • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 10:07 am

          Considering 11-7 is 8 hours, that should be enough. The pool will probably be very difficult to get into since there will be occupancy limits due to Covid and because the base pool will be closed.

          • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 12:18 pm

            just contradicted yourself, & validated point of longer hours

        • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 11:42 am

          It’s the same hours as the last 50 years. Nothing has changed. I’m at least happy that we are getting a season. Base is not. That could have happened here.

          • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 4:43 pm

            The earlier writer did not contradict himself/herself. And no, bigger crowds do not necessitate longer hours.

        • Anonymous on May 22, 2021 at 7:49 am

          Yeah, now that the pool is finally open, let’s complain about the hours. Good grief.

          • Anonymous on May 22, 2021 at 9:38 am

            Right? If they couldn’t staff it and it would stay closed, you’d complain. Now it’s staffed to similar hours as past years and you’re still complaining. It’s never enough. And the one saying it should be 8-8 every day, do you want to come work? Do you use the pool? I’d venture a guess and say no on both.

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:19 am

      According to the city’s website, yes. Opening on May 31st

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:28 am

      I’m wondering the same about the pool, especially since the base pool won’t be open this year. In the news it said a lot of pools won’t be open this summer due to the shortage of qualified lifeguards. Even if the Mascoutah pool opens, they will probably do something like requiring you to schedule the day you want to use it and limit the amount of hours you schedule it for. I think Freeburg did that last year. You couldn’t just go to their pool. You had to pre-schedule the day and time frame you wanted to use it.

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

      how much is the beer & margaritas there?

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 12:20 pm

        They have booze there? Awesome. Hopefully $2 & $4

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      open it sunrise to sunset

  51. Anonymous on May 20, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Great showing at the last council meeting Mascoutah residents. Residents better not complain if not going to show up.

    • Anonymous on May 20, 2021 at 10:12 am

      I see that the new administration spent over a half a million dollars at their FIRST council meeting. thumbs up boys

      • Anonymous on May 20, 2021 at 12:27 pm

        They are also hiring more employees. If only some of the current ones would do their jobs. The amount of employees and salaries this town has rivals those much larger. Lack of management = poor employee performance. Some of those folks need a true boss.

        • Anonymous on May 26, 2021 at 1:09 am

          I feel lucky and also blessed. My town Mascoutah, has an outstanding Police Dept. along with a great EMS Service. The all volunteer Fire Dept. does a great job at fires and accidents. I am lucky to have an Electric Dept that does a great job and the crew lives close so they can respond to an emergency quickly after regular work hours. They restore power in some of the worst weather without griping. I am lucky that I don’t have to climb down in a trench to repair a broken water main. That same crew responds quickly to any after hours sewer blockages in the sewer mains. I think the City has a well maintained park and ball fields. The City Mechanics do a good job on the vehicles and machinery. The Cemetery looks good as well. All in all the City is a good place and the workers have my respect. Thank you

          • Anonymous on May 26, 2021 at 9:29 am

            Forgot in the previous post that the workers in City Hall are great as well. Especially the downstairs girls. They have to deal with irate residents.

      • Anonymous on May 20, 2021 at 10:32 pm

        Don’t have to buy bucket trucks or pay workers with my tax dollars, if we didn’t have this ignoramus electric contract…..instead Ameren.

        • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:05 am

          Technically not your tax dollars. The electric fund is funded by the rates we all pay for electric. I think the city should look into selling to Ameren but that is another issue. For time being they need to provide a good service for how much we pay. Thus need the equipment/linemen

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 12:04 am

        Do you even realize how much the entire budget is? Do you even know what the 500k was spent on? Easy to spout out numbers but do you actually understand?

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:30 am

        I’m willing to bet that the purchase of the new bucket truck and street sweeper are actions that were already in motion before the new administration took over.

  52. Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    The turd that is the mayor of Chicago refuses to answer questions from White media. So any White owned media outlets should refuse to give her any airtime. Don’t air its press conferences. Maybe the people in Chicago with half a brain will elect a new mayor and get it out of office.

  53. Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 11:44 am

    More fentanyl has been seized at the border by authorities in the first few months of 2021 than in all of 2020. Almost 6500 pounds worth! Thank you Grandpa Joe, you’re doing an awesome job!!

    • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Say it isn’t so. Slow Joe said no drugs or criminals come across our border.

    • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      Better than Trump ever was.

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 8:22 pm

        Why is it that Biden supporters can’t say anything supportive of him, only disparaging to the past president?

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        Trump biggest problem was his mouth ( he’s a smart a**). Slow Joe’s problem is that he’s just a dumb a**. I’ll take a smart one over a dumb one any day.

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 9:16 pm

        I would ask you how you came up with “Better than Trump ever was”, but you obviously are not going to come up with anything true or intelligent.

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 7:00 am

        Whoever you are, your just one idiot, you have no clue what’s to come from the dumbest president ever.

      • Anonymous on May 23, 2021 at 9:56 am

        I’d be happy to put up with mean tweets every other second for cheaper gas, a hold on inflation, and a secure southern border. Our children’s children will be dealing with the mess the current geriatric twit is wreaking on our country.

    • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 10:01 am

      I just can’t believe so many ppl are still hanging on to the trump cult. Stop it, so we can get a real conservative back in office.

      • Anonymous on May 21, 2021 at 4:56 pm


  54. Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    With the easing of restrictions let’s see if there is an increase in cases since is on the honor system on if someone is fully vaccinated.

  55. Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 6:15 am

    Local post office is a joke. Hire some workers! Get the mail delivered in a timely fashion. Ridiculous.

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

      I would like to present you with the facts as to why the Post Office is bogged down. The conglomerate known as Amazon is the culprit. Their packages each day are sent each through Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and the Amazon Delivery Fleet. The leftover volume for each day is dumped on the United States Post Office and those packages take priority. The United States Post Office delivers on Sunday now because of the Amazon overflow. It is not fair to continually criticize the United States Post Office and its Employees for something they have no control over. If you want to voice your frustration, it needs to be directed to the CEO, Jeff Bezos at Amazon. Our Postal System works just fine and I would personally like to say THANK YOU to everyone of the employees. You can watch the political circus on television and their nonfactual reporting. If you would like the absolute truth, I just presented it to you.

      • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        Or just fill the $20 hour vacancies. Mascoutah alone could use at least 3 more, full time employees. That would help with efficiency & speed.

      • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 5:59 pm

        “Works just fine” is far from accurate. Blasphemy.

        • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 11:16 pm

          As I stated above, the Post Office runs just fine. Your criticism should be directed at Amazon. I have had numerous discussions with employees from the Postal System. The storyline is the same each day. Amazon takes priority over the general mail. The solution is quite simple, if you want the postal system to run like the good old days of the past stop ordering online. If everyone does his or her part, the issue goes away.

          • Anonymous on May 17, 2021 at 10:33 am

            Not happening. You got real solutions or true problem solving options? Or just an ignorant zero possibility recommendation?

      • Anonymous on May 18, 2021 at 3:34 pm

        So Bezos gives the Postal Service a ton of money to deliver there overflow. If they cant handle it, don’t except it. So, no excuse.

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Nothing wrong with the folks at the post office. See other post about Amazon, UPS, and FEDEX. That post gets it right.

      • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

        Sincerely, -Local mailman

    • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 7:38 am

      That is why it is very important for all people 12 and above to get vaccinated. Let’s keep everyone safe.

    • Anonymous on May 18, 2021 at 6:49 am

      Nothing wrong with the post office operations. However, if you feel there is, feel free to apply for a job there so you can fix it.

    • Anonymous on May 18, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      The mail is delivered in a timely fashion six days a week in my neighborhood. If it takes 2-3 days to mail a letter to Belleville, O’Fallon, Freeburg, across town or anywhere else close by is really a non-issue.

    • Anonymous on May 19, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      What time frame do you consider a “timely fashion”?

  56. Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Went to Hop House in O’Fallon last week, the worst service I ever had at a restaurant, I asked for the manager and the owner came over to our table, first of all he was drunk, he said his name was Mike D**** which I could have cared less, and acted like he was the only restaurant around that had food, I told him he could do better with 3 year old waiting on tables. Never the less, will not every spend another dime in that place. FOOD WAS AWFUL ALSO

    • Anonymous on May 18, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Interesting. Been there several times and it was awesome

  57. Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I wonder if the Mascoutah School District will hold a vaccine clinic like Belleville 201 and East Saint Louis.

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 11:25 am

      I would sign my kids up.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 12:01 pm

        Why do you have to wait for the school district to have a clinic? Besides, the schools you mentioned are largely populated by the “underrepresented” people of darker colors while Mascoutah school is mostly populated with “privileged” kids of a lighter color, so no clinic

        • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 8:15 pm

          They should still offer it. It would be great to have the kids vaccinated for Summer and Fall.

          • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 6:44 pm

            Then get them vaccinated. Why wait for the school to offer it?

          • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 9:15 pm

            Why not just go to one of the other numerous vaccination sites in the meantime? I don’t understand why this should be an obligation of the school district. If they did do it, they would be chastised for the wasteful spending of our tax dollars. You want the vaccine? Great, go get it. There are several outlets for obtaining it.

          • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 5:35 pm

            I took my kids to the Fairgrounds this morning. In and out in 30 minutes.

  58. Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    I realize that we live by an Air Force Base and airport, but…this is a transportation, air tanker, and medical base, not one for fighter jets. So, what’s with the hot dogging Top Gun pilots screaming their fighter planes on take off from Scott? It is enough to wake up narcoleptics! No problem with C-121’s, C-130’s,C-141’s, C-17’s, KC-135’s, KC-46’s and C-40’s, but if you’re flying FA-18’s, F-15s, or F-16’s, please think of the civilian population living and working and going to school nearby.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Yeah. Just ease up on the throttle a little (IN A FIGHTER JET). Insert sarcastic eyeroll here.

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:30 am

        Can’t ease up on throttle on take off.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 10:57 am

        Nonsense. I have seen them doing “normal” take off’s with far less noise.

        • Anonymous on May 18, 2021 at 6:54 am

          One thing to consider is that not alll fighter aircraft engines operate at the same “loudness” level. And they always do “normal” takeoffs at Scott and Midamerica. Air Traffic Control doesn’t allow the “hot dogging” during takeoffs.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      The fighters are taking off in normal fashion. They use the engine augmentors to get airborne quicker. They aren’t hot digging. Air Traffic Control won’t let them. Maybe it just seems louder than normal because they may be taking off at the southern end of the runways rather than at the northern ends.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:19 am

      Scott isn’t really a medical base.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Those fighters are the sound of freedom.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      Oh good night!!! Get a life!! Complain about something that at least makes sense. Be grateful we have the finest Air Force in the world. Don’t like it, move!

      • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 10:09 pm

        One of the finest.

  59. Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Who is the weird guy on the corner of Rt. 4 & Main Street selling signs?

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 10:37 pm

      Me. Got a problem?

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:35 am

        I have a problem. The city should require you to have a permit. You should be paying taxes. More importantly, my biggest problem is how you harass the women at the senior center and try to work yourself into their wills.

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 8:21 pm

          So no sign for you?

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 10:44 am

        Just another reason Main Street looks like crap, and very little outside investment. If I am a millionaire in St Louis, I am not investing at 4 & 177. Tacky. Eyesore. Weird.

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 5:54 pm

          If I was a millionaire, St. Louis is the last place I would live.

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:38 pm

          gotta love the trailer trash & snap card folk, comin outta the liquor store mid day, mid week

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm

          Speaking of Route 4, when will more businesses be built, north of the carwash before Fuesser?

          • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 9:18 pm

            Whenever you’re ready. Have some money laying around you want to invest? There are opportunities and a tailor-made TIF in place to take advantage of. I look forward to seeing your investment north of the car wash! Thank you for contribution to commerce in Mascoutah!

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 8:25 pm

          If you’re a millionaire in St Louis (and that’s not as much as it used to be) and 1) you’re considering investing in Mascoutah to presumably make money and 2) you don’t because there’s a guy selling signs outside, I feel like the million is quickly to depart.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

      He’s an idiot with to much spare time.

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 5:50 pm

        What makes him an idiot?

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 8:25 pm

        *too much. Too much spare time.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 11:56 am

        I notice at the top of this column it says no personal attacks or libel. Yet someone is personally attacked by you calling him an idiot (which is a personal attack) and it’s printed anyway.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 12:29 pm

        But he’s probably more intelligent than you.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      What makes him weird? I’ve met him and he seems nice enough. Doesn’t seem strange, or odd, or weird.

      • Anonymous on May 16, 2021 at 8:39 pm

        Simple. He has a different opinion on the world than the original poster. Same thing happened on Facebook recently. He’s “wasting his time” doing nothing and yet, someone who claims to be tolerant had the time in her day to take a picture and bad mouth the guy. Typical from that type of thinker.

  60. Anonymous on May 11, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Sound Off has been awfully quiet lately. People must be waiting to sharpen their pencils for when the new mayor takes his first meeting in office.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      He’ll be great!

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2021 at 7:18 am

        He will be a failure

        • Anonymous on May 15, 2021 at 9:18 pm

          Nuh uh

  61. Anonymous on May 9, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I know the school district tried to do right by the seniors, but last night just didn’t make it. After years of growing up, hearing about their parents prom, their friends and families proms, last night was a total let down. Too many time slots and rules. No prom queen or king. Maybe it would have been better to not have it at all. Granted I just talked to a couple of the kids, but they were disappointed. Maybe some others loved it. Still can’t help wonder if it would have been better to have dropped it.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Should have just required a negative test and let them have fun. How many large groups got picture before hand, parties after, etc yet I bet no positives

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      I don’t understand why they didn’t just have a regular prom like every other year.

      • Anonymous on May 9, 2021 at 4:42 pm

        A group of them went to Texas Roadhouse afterwards and said they had more fun there. Apparently they had dinner and the manager bought them all dessert.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2021 at 5:58 am

        ILLINOIS. Pritzker. Lightfoot. Durbin.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      The prom was supposed to be in football stadium from what I understand, and it was well planned from that standpoint. Weather forced it in and they did the best they can I’m sure. Public schools have to follow the laws to a T as they are funded by the state , so that said , I’m sure they did all they could to make good situation out of a tough one. One thing is for sure, people will always complain. How about giving them credit for thinking outside the box?? The kids got to dress up, take pictures, and be with their friends. Thank you MHS staff for doing what you can for our students.

    • Anonymous on May 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      At least they got one. Last year didn’t.

  62. Anonymous on May 6, 2021 at 10:02 am

    You have to love today’s Democratic party. They just can’t accept that people of color actually have a brain and are quite capable of following the voter registration process. Every time a Red State passes a bill clarifying and firming up voting regulations, they immediately pull out the ‘go to card’ stating it will suppress minority voters. Having taken the time to actually read the new bills recently passed in Georgia and Florida, I’m at a loss to find a single thing in either one that would support a suppression argument.

  63. Anonymous on May 5, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    I just read an email from work that says the pool at Scott AFB will not be open this summer due to the inability to recruit enough certified lifeguards. A lot of city pools across the country are facing the same issues this year. Want to bet Mascoutah may have the same problem with getting enough lifeguards?

  64. Anonymous on May 1, 2021 at 8:50 am

    During Monday nights city council meeting, the council is going to vote on employee contracts for city manager and police chief. I wonder how much of an outragious paycheck each will get?

    • Anonymous on May 1, 2021 at 11:20 am

      I would be willing to bet $100 they don’t mention the salary. They’ll just approve it and move on.

      • Anonymous on May 1, 2021 at 3:17 pm

        I’ll do you one better. I’ll donate $150 to the food pantry if they say what their salaries will be. I’m betting they won’t.

        • Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

          You should donate to the food pantry regardless.

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

      Why aren’t the contracts attached in PDF online with the rest of the packet? Shady by Clerk or Secretary. Probably about $99k ea both with benefits.

    • Anonymous on May 4, 2021 at 9:36 am

      To the soothsayer who predicted no salaries would be given for new city personal contracts , your $100. bet is safe. I wonder why and wonder how much my taxes will increase now. Great job!

  65. Anonymous on May 1, 2021 at 8:44 am

    To those of you who have older family members: So many times I see pictures in the obituary page where the photo is so blurry or so strange that they are barely recognizable. Nearly everyone has a cellphone. Please take a moment to take a nice photo of your loved one. It doesn’t have to be professional, but something clear and with them smiling. If you can take the time to take selfies, you can take the time to take grandma’s photo. You’ll be glad you did when, unfortunately, that last day arrives.

  66. Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    We now know how the city of making up for lost revenue, speeding tickets. Holy cow have they been writing a lot

    • Anonymous on April 30, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      That’s good. Shows they are doing their job of enforcing the law. They actually pull over a lot more people for speeding than what shows up in the police report in the Herald. A lot of them just get verbal or written warnings, so those don’t get printed.

      • Anonymous on April 30, 2021 at 10:30 pm

        Yeah. And, have you seen how the fines are split up on a speeding ticket? The city is not ‘making up for lost revenue’ on speeding tickets. They’re doing their job and they should be commended for that.

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Need to write some high weed grass tickets & eyesore fines.

    • Anonymous on May 4, 2021 at 9:40 am

      yep,let’s all gripe about the number of speeding tickets so they quit issuing them,then let’s gripe because everyone is speeding,smh!!

      • Anonymous on May 5, 2021 at 4:58 pm

        I don’t think anyone was complaining about the police writing speeding tickets. They seem to just be making an observation that they write a lot of them (which is good). I personally don’t have a problem with them issuing tickets for speeding. I am curious as to their thought process sometimes when one driver may get a ticket for 5 miles over a 50 M.P.H zone and then another driver in same area doing 18 over the limit gets a warning.

        • Anonymous on May 8, 2021 at 10:42 pm

          That’s happened? How do you know? They don’t specify in the newspaper that a warning was issued as opposed to a ticket. If you have evidence you can provide, please do.

  67. Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 9:40 am

    I just finished watching Grandpa Joe’s first Presidential address to Congress. A huge shout out to those fantastic Disney Imagineers, they made him seem so ‘life like’. If he gets his way, look for massive spending, a rise in inflation and the devaluation of the US dollar. But according to him, ‘WE’ can afford it. Thank you to all who voted for this guy. No idea who you are, because I’ve yet to see a single one of you say anything positive about your choice.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      He is better than Trump.

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 8:41 pm

        Can’t do it can you? Try coming up with something that doesn’t mention Trump. How about Bidens handling of our southern border? Or maybe him taking credit for the last administration’s fast tracking of the codiv vaccine. State one thing this geriatric puppet has done you honestly agree with?

        • Anonymous on April 30, 2021 at 5:48 pm

          Getting the vaccine out. Trump got it onfast track, but had no plan to distribute it. Biden cares about the United States. Trump only cares about himself.

          • Anonymous on May 2, 2021 at 12:06 am

            Yeah. Trump couldn’t get people in line to distribute the vaccines that are only so useful. Such a party line that makes that argument. Basically, there’s nothing the president has done so far that is noteworthy and that’s OK. He has 4 years to get something together. Even though I disagree with him politically, I want him to be a success because I believe in America.

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 10:05 pm

        You just keep telling yourself that. Portland has practically been burned to the ground. What has Brain Dead Joe done about it? He has let hundreds of thousands come in (unchecked) thru the southern border. He wants to not only raise the federal taxes on gasoline, but also wants you to pay taxes based on how many miles you drive per year. The real problem now is that the Democrats have total power and can do whatever the hell they want because people like you put them in power. The US is no longer the envy of the world and soon won’t even be one of the top five superpowers. But , the founding fathers did predict that the US would last only a few hundred years before it collapses due to greed and the love of power. And in case you haven’t noticed, the collapse has started. We definitely are not the greatest country in the world anymore. The only people that think we are the greatest country are the immigrants coming from third world countries.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      Not that he was a great choice, just better than the orange turd.

      • Anonymous on April 30, 2021 at 10:31 pm

        The cheapest form of communication…”no but, it’s better than…”. Pathetic.

  68. Anonymous on April 28, 2021 at 9:52 am

    The pot holes on Government Street are nothing compared to the pot holes starting at Depew and Parkwood Drive North and on Barbara Drive. Can we get some help from Ward 7 Representative on giving us some help on horrific street repairs and resurfacing. It is long past due. This is in North wood Hills Subdivision in Ward 7 District.

    • Anonymous on April 28, 2021 at 11:54 am

      What city are these streets in?

  69. Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    A lot of comments being made recently on need of street repairs in Gulfport. We hope whoever wins the Ward 7 Election tonight for City Councilman will give the voters in North Hills Subdivision some consideration on seriously needed street repairs/resurfacing. Our calls for help on this matter in the past seem to fall on deaf ears. Thanking you in advance for your help on this seriously needed matter.

    • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      What does a subdivision in Mississippi have to do with Mascoutah, Illinois?

    • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Whose everyone got in the Ward 7 Councilman election in Gulfport? I need to know!

  70. Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 9:50 am

    The flashing stop sign eyesore at County Road/Fuesser is unwarranted. Terrible decision making.

    • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 2:07 pm

      Why did they put in a flashing stop sign there?

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 7:19 am

        dah so maybe people will actually make a full stop i think they need to put cameras on intersections and ticket
        people who think their to busy or important to bother to stop

        • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 8:58 am

          Dah, why would people make a full stop there when they usually don’t at the two flashing stop signs where Harnett meets 6th street. You can make the sign 10 feet wide and all the lights it will hold but doesn’t mean people will obey it. The problem is that Mascoutah has a lot of ignorant people that can’t read. They don’t know what a red octagon with the letters STOP even means. On two occasions I have been stopped at the intersection of Harnett and 6th and a driver has actually went into the other lane and passed me without even slowing down. I followed one to see what fire they were responding to and it turned out they were just in a hurry to get to the McDonald’s delivery thru.

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 10:18 pm

        Because the councilman in ward 7 wanted the flashing stop signs.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Agreed. Move it down to Harnett & County by the HS.

  71. Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I must say, I’m extremely impressed and thankful for all of the facility updates that have gone into the high school. The campus is truly a neat place. That said, I have now been to two sporting events, and the landscaping and grass around the campus is simply embarrassing. Weeds everywhere , unkept grass, and just lack of attention to detail all around the building and stadiums. The facilities look great but are kind of diminished to the areas surrounding it. I know the district has resources that can fix that problem, and as a taxpayer , this needs to (and has needed to) be addressed. It is becoming a conversation around town that shouldn’t be had.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 8:59 am

      I wonder if the school ever fixed the mold problem they had?

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      This is really an issue. I was just at my son’s tennis match this week, and honestly, the grounds are really bad. All of the areas around the courts are overgrown , and as I looked around it seems there are more weeds than grass on campus. I drove around the parking lot and there are areas of grass that are two feet tall. When I think about the money spent and amount of taxes paid, it really is unacceptable . Our grounds should look nice , as some of the other schools I have recently been too take more pride in their grounds.

  72. Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Have you noticed? Does anyone else see the false narrative being pushed out by the media? Let me throw a couple names out there for you. One is Ma’Khia Bryant, the other is Nyaira Givens, both are teen age girls of color. I’m guessing 99% of you have never heard of Nyaira, Why does one girl sound familiar and the other doesn’t? It’s because one of these unfortunate children fit the BS rhetoric being shoveled by the National media and one of them doesn’t. Nyaira and Ma’Khia live Cincinnati and Columbus respectively, 100 miles apart. Within 24 hours, one was stabbed to death by another teenager, while the other was shot by police as she attempted to stab another person. One is a ‘local’ story you have to dig for, the other is blasted across the National media as proof the nations police force needs torn to the ground. Ask yourself, in the 9 seconds the officer had upon arriving to the scene, seeing a knife wielding person attempting to stab another person while she yells ‘I’m going to kill you’, what should that officer have done differently? Call for a counselor? Use his ‘Flash’ super powers and swoop in to disarm the assailant? Maybe just let the girl stab the other one and keep everyone else out of harms way and clean up the mess afterwards?

    Here you have a case where the officer did exactly the right thing, and the national media is beating him up. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t is how every police officer in America must feel.

    This leftist attack on police which is supported by the likes of Al Sharpton, LeBron James and even our current Administration has got to stop. When police stop policing, robberies go up, murder rates soar and more black Americans die. It doesn’t affect us in small town America, we love our people in blue. It hurts those living in our major cities who can’t hire private security.

    Get ‘woke’ to the real world people. We live in the greatest Nation in the world1 I refuse to let the media and our current Administration convince me otherwise.

    • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 7:52 am

      100% spot on. If a story doesn’t fit the leftist media narrative, you’ll never hear about it. And it doesn’t stop there. They are moving forward with HR1, packing the Supreme Court and flooding this country with undocumented immigrants to stack the deck in future elections. In the meantime, we all have to sit back and take it because if we argue, we’re racist/sexist/homophobic/bigoted. Malcolm X once said that the media is the most powerful entity on earth, they have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent. Could not have been more true.

      • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 8:30 am

        Nobody knew the power of the media and the importance of controlling the youth than Adolf Hitler. The Nazi’s mastered the art of controlling all media ( much like the liberal left today)

    • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Ma’Khia Bryant’s neighbor has the doorbell video footage of the incident. Even the neighbor said that after watching the video, he feels the officer had no other choice. Ma’Khia’s mother said Ma’Khia was such a loving person and that she was just a child. A child trying to kill two of her friends with a knife. Doesn’t sound very loving or child-like to me. Of course the cop could have done nothing, let her kill her friend and then shot her and then 2 girls would be dead.

  73. Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    I noticed the Old Jefferson’s Restaurant building is for sale. Maybe all of the people that want a Taco Bell can pool all of their money together and buy a Taco Bell franchise.

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      That land is cursed. Nothing ever makes it there.

      • Anonymous on April 28, 2021 at 11:57 am

        I’m thinking of buying the building and using it to sell marijuana in part of it. The rest of the building will be used for video poker and as a tattoo parlor.

  74. Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Is it true that the select baseball/softball teams get priority is scheduling the ball field?My son’s baseball has gotten bumped a couple of times when a select team when my son’s team scheduled the field first.

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Never heard of that happening. I thought there was a sign-up list and that was that.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2021 at 5:06 pm

        Well we have been practicing on the same day and same time for a month but the select team coach said otherwise.

        • Anonymous on April 25, 2021 at 7:07 pm

          I suggest you call City hall and find out what is going on they may not be aware of what’s going on

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 7:50 am

      100% not true
      There is a calendar on the city website that is very clear on who has what field. City hall has done an outstanding job of balancing out teams.

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        Agreed! Fields are first come, first served and scheduling opens on the previous year. The City has done a great job of making sure all organizations have fair, balanced opportunities for field use.

        • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 1:07 pm

          That’s been my experience as well. Seems like every year there are complaints from one group about the scheduling of the other group

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 9:10 pm

        It could be the select team coach wanted the field without the proper scheduling.

  75. Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    We need to get this Covid virus under control. This is the 2nd time one of my kids needs to be quarantined. Everyone 16 and over need to get vaccinated and EVERYONE needs to wear a mask. My child is worried of getting Covid. It has been a rough 13 months. By now we should have Covid under control.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      I agree. I have been businesses in town that do not enforce the mask policy. Everyone needs to wear a mask over the mouth and nose.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      I hear you. We were invited to a birthday party where masks were optional, because the host and his family had Covid. We all need to wear masks to protect ourselves and others.

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 10:31 am

        Then don’t go. Scared? Stay home. It’s really not that difficult.

        • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 11:37 am

          For your information we did not go.

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 10:20 pm

        I am fully vaccinated. Screw the damn mask

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      News flash, the vaccine will not control the circus. You want to control the circus? Turn off the TV.

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

        I guess you are a non-vaccine supporter. Listen to science. They to work.

        • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

          Which science should I listen to? The science that one day says the vaccine and/or masks work or the science that says they’re ineffective? Everyday is a different scientific study about whether the masks or vaccines work. If the masks work, why the need for vaccines? If the vaccine works, why the need for masks? Oh wait, do both and then get additional booster vaccines to protect against different strains. And don’t forget to show your papers before you travel, go to a baseball game or into a store. I remember a society that required citizens to show their papers before they gained entry into a public place. Take a look around you, we’re not far from that.

          • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 11:36 am

            Idiot! Why are you such a Negative Nancy. Everytime a kid is quarantined they cannot play on their sports team or participate in scouts or visit with friends. We are careful. We all wear masks to keep us and others safe. It is stress on all of us. Wear your wash and get vaccined.

          • Anonymous on April 27, 2021 at 12:44 am

            Why call the poster an idiot? Is he not entitled to offer his opinion? Geesh

          • Anonymous on April 28, 2021 at 9:39 pm

            So I take it you don’t do vaccines? If you needed chemo treatment would you turn it down because one side will tell you that it can kill cancer cells and the other side says it’s nothing but a poison? No flu shots?

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 6:40 pm

        I agree 100%

    • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

      Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, it would wag the dog.

  76. Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    I live in Northwood Hills subdivision in Gulfport and the streets are in dire need of repair and/or resurfacing. The Beat 2 Supervisor tells me that this is a city problem and the city tells me this is a county problem. The streets continue to be almost undriveable and the pot holes are getting worse everyday. As a city and county taxpayer, I shouldn’t have to go through these issues without some satisfaction or some department taking responsibility.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      I agree. They are passing the buck. No one wants to take responsibility and fix the problem

    • Anonymous on April 26, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      My uncle lives in Utah. What does that have to do with anything?

      • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 3:46 pm

        How are the streets in Utah?

  77. Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Can we finally stop hearing about George Floyd, my god get over it, I feel sorry for the cop going to jail for doing his job. If people would behave they would not be in the position George was in. Everybody has their own opinion, I support the police officer in this case. Now maybe the protesters can find a real job instead of making excuses that the white man keeps them down. JUST SICK OF THE RACISM ON THE WHITE PEOPLE. ALL YOU HERE IS THE BLACK MAN TALKING ABOUT ABUSE, WELL IF THEY DIDNT GET IN TROUBLE ALL THE TIME THEN WE WOULD BE IN THE NEW EVERYDAY.

    • Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 11:11 am

      I wonder why they can’t just hold it in the gym so they don’t have to worry about the weather?

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:46 am

      Well said. Support the police, the guy was a thief, and a career criminal, my opinion he deserved what he got.

      • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

        Really? So being a petty thief warrants death?

        • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:37 pm

          So simple a caveman can do it. Don’t resist arrest, don’t get dead. Seems simple to me.

        • Anonymous on April 24, 2021 at 6:42 pm

          He deserved everything he got

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2021 at 6:08 pm

      Well you’re a real bright spark, aren’t you. Spoken like a privileged white Anglo who has never been the victim of racism or in this case, murder. Get over yourself! I guess you don’t believe in the criminal justice system either where a jury of peers selects a verdict based on evidence given. If that’s the case, maybe it’s you who should leave America and go live in a country like Russia where the government decides the verdict.

  78. Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 9:10 am

    The Mascoutah senior prom is going to be held at the tennis courts this year. I can appreciate the work the district went into protecting the kids but isn’t this a little over the top? Why can’t they just have something inside so the girls don’t freeze to death. And if they are so worried about covid, the prom itself is the least of their worries. Its the after prom get togethers that will cause covid problems. Think about it for a sec. Then you’ll get it.

    • Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Exactly. Just wear a mask and be inside. Talk about over reaction. I am tired of it. If parents don’t feel comfortable then don’t go. However it might be kinda neat to have outside prom if a nice night a new stars are out

  79. Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I was reading the police report for April 2-April 8 in the Herald. In a 3 day period police responded to a vehicle lockout at the same street 3 times. Want to bet that all 3 times it was the same person locking themselves out of the car? A lot of uninsured motorists and improper use of cell phone tickets. I noticed that almost all of the vehicle citations include the officer’s name and the offender’s name. However, on one day of the report two people are pulled over for squealing /screeching of tires, yet only one individual had his name posted for all to see. One person got a DUI on the 6th yet their name isn’t posted. One call on the 7th was for sex offender registration, yet that individual’s name wasn’t posted. So I am curious as to who decides which offenders get their names posted and which offenders don’t?

    • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      I find it interesting that you find it important that should print all names but yet you don’t have the Courage to print your name sounds like you’re just a busybody

      • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Like you? Where’s your name?

  80. Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I see no end to the rioting, looting, burning, destruction and assaults on the police in Minnesota or Portland. So I think it’s time to clean up the trash. The police have guns…use them.

    • Anonymous on April 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

      I do not agree.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:47 am

      Well said

  81. Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Jefferson’s closing. Not shocking. Why would I pay $30 for twenty hot wings? Or $13 for unhealthy unimpressive sandwiches.

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      yea the local taverns are cheaper w/ same quality

      • Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 12:06 am

        I have to admit I liked the shrimp po’ boy. Didn’t know the last one I had would be the last one I had.

    • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 9:14 am

      I find it in poor taste the negative comments about Jeffersons after they closed. Why didn’t you sound -offers voice your concerns to management? It’s sad to see another business leave Mascoutah. Maybe this time covid was the last straw. I think the biggest problem for businesses here is lack of community support . Maybe the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t promote business here like other towns. I read in this forum, people want Taco Bells and Dairy Kings / Queens and other types of businesses . My question for all is , would you invest in Mascoutah knowing most fail? If so, why don’t we see your business open here?

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

        This town doesn’t support businesses that are here. I wonder if Amazon will help sponsor their ball teams or clubs and organizations after all the local businesses closed.

        • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 9:18 am

          Why do you feel the businesses here don’t get supported? Do the owners of the businesses state that as fact? From what I have seen, all of the restaurants and stores get plenty of business. Do I personally support any local businesses? Sure I do. I eat at restaurants, shop at various stores, and sometimes even buy gas in town (currently though I do buy gas in Missouri because it is .70 cents less per gallon than in town). I think most people are like me in the fact they support local businesses but also make purchases online or at businesses out of town. Depends on what I’m buying and the price.

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        Maybe people want to combine eating with shopping or viewing a movie. There is certainly no cinema or stores for shopping. The few stores here don’t offer music, clothing, electronics, or other sought after wares. This town certainly has enough people to warrant a cinema. Give residents something besides bars and slots.

        • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 1:07 pm

          Go for it, buy a building and build a cinema. You can run all of these wonderful films being shown in the cinema these days.

        • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 11:58 pm

          I don’t know of any small town that offer music, clothing, or electronics. Why would they? There is no way to compete with the big box stores. Wal Mart is already the largest toy, electronic, and clothing retailer. Even Toys R’ Us couldn’t compete. Theaters are soon to be a thing of the past. Drive-In theaters may survive. Even before the whole Covid thing, clothing retailers in malls were going out of business left and right, so how would a clothing retailer survive in Mascoutah. Years ago towns like Mascoutah offered everything. But then a new business model called shopping malls killed most local businesses. Now online is killing the malls. When I moved here in 1998, Mascoutah had four major car dealer brands (Ford, Chevrolet, Buick and Chrysler). Now all four are gone because the auto manufacturers wanted the dealerships moved to high traffic locations. I guess it’s called “progress”.

        • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

          The tone of your post suggests that the city is somehow supposed to do something to “give the residents something besides bars and slots”. What exactly would you want the city to do to accommodate these needs? The opening of a business requires significant personal investment from the owner. Sure, the city can provide some tax incentives for new business but, then people complain about that. So, what’s your plan to bring in this “cinema”?

        • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

          Cinema? Music stores? Great Scott, I feel like this post should have been in the November 12, 1955 edition of the Herald.

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 10:20 pm

        Poor taste? Jefferson’s? Good one. I see what you did there.

      • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 8:58 am

        Jefferson’s had plenty of support. Been in there on multiple occasions to pick up an order and they were so busy that the phone had been taken off the hook because they already had so many orders. I once dialed them 43 times to place an order and the phone was busy. Drove up there and went in to order and sure enough the phone was off the hook. Drive by on any weekday and the parking lot was full of people from the base coming there for lunch. Most restaurants don’t just close one day unannounced. Usually they put up a sign stating they are going out of business. Even after they closed down, for the next 2 days they still had a sign on the door announcing their new hours. I don’t think the closure had anything to do with not enough support or Covid.

        • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 2:57 am

          Then what’s the point of your post? We’re all aware that Jefferson’s was busy, then it wasn’t, now it’s closed. Maybe you can get your minutes back from your fell carrier, since you called 43 times.

          • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:47 am

            It was always busy is my point. Up to the day it closed.

  82. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    It is an exciting time in Mascoutah!! We have a couple new city council members, a new mayor, and a new member to the school board.

    What exciting changes are in store for us? Or, will it be more of the same. I personally think the City may see the most change because it is three new positions. Let’s support them and see what happens. As for the school, only one new member and the same president probably means more of the same unfortunately. It would be nice to see what a change at the top might do to spur new ideas and energy to the school. It may also get rid of years of tension with a very slippery board.

    Cannot wait to see the new changes!!!

    • Anonymous on April 11, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      What “changes” are you looking for? And what “more of the same” are you concerned about from the school board that causes you concern? I’m curious to hear.

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

      I agree, change is happening. As for the school board, what change are you looking for? The schools routinely rank among the best in the area. The facilities are second to none. The board has decreased taxes the last 4 years. Not sure what else the community wants. The board president presides over the meeting and is the official spokesperson of the board. Other than that, he/she has no more authority or power to take action.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 11:55 am

        I’m curious as to how you claim the school has decreased taxes the last four years? That’s false. I have all of my tax paperwork going back to 1999 and I can assure you that the taxes for the school has gone up every year, and that includes the last four years. I checked the property taxes for the last four years for my son, mother, sister-in-law and mother-in-law and I can assure you 100% that the taxes for this school has gone up every year . Now I don’t live in any of the newer subdivisions, in fact, I live in a small house built in 1965. Just the share of taxes the school district gets from me is currently more than my whole tax bill was just 10 years ago. My whole tax bill ten years ago was $1625 a year. Now, more than that goes just to the district. That doesn’t count the rest of the taxing bodies on the tax bill. I haven’t met a single person in this town that can claim the school district portion of their property taxes has decreased.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

          School District tax rate per county website 2019 = 4.8396 2018 = 4.8824 2017 = 5.0964 2016 = 5.1763. Just remember the school board only sets the rate (which has decreased). They do not set your assessed value (county determines) or a township multiplier (which is set by the state). A simple calculation to figure is Assessed value x township multiplier x tax rate = total rate. I’m a former county employee that is frustrated when misinformed people spew misinformation. Yes, you tax bill can go up, but the school board, city council, county council, water districts, etc. only set the rate, they do not control your assessed value or township multiplier.

          • Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 12:09 am

            Very informative post here

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      Yawn. 20% voter turnout

  83. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Just a question that I hope someone knows the answer to. What is the distance of the “walking trail” that starts near route 4 and extends to County Road?

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Why would you post that here? Wouldn’t a simple call to the City, or a simple google search allow you to ascertain that information immediately? Or why don’t you just go walk it. Just shows some of the incompetency & low IQs in this community.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm


      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 2:41 pm

        Smart a** I did call the city. Nobody seems to know for sure. I received 4 answers that varied from 1-3 miles. I do walk it. I’m just curious as to how far I am walking. If you find the answer on Google please let me know. How does asking a simple question signal low IQ and incompetency? I posted the question on this forum because I know a lot of people read this forum. I guess asking the question does make me look like I have a low IQ. But it’s still higher than yours.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

          1.3 Miles

          • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 5:05 pm

            Thank you.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

          Ever thought of just measuring distance in your car from Route 4 to County Road?

          • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

            That wouldn’t provide an accurate measurement since the trail doesn’t go to route 4.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 4:13 pm

          City Hall doesn’t know? Morons

          • Anonymous on April 14, 2021 at 2:46 pm

            It’s starts by car wash on Route 4

          • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 6:49 am

            Grow up

        • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 6:48 am

          Google earth or maps has a measure function. Pretty easy to use

          • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 11:13 am

            Thanks for the tip. I have never used Google maps or earth so I’ll try them.

  84. Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Why does it seem that not long after a road is rebuilt and repaved, suddenly utility work (sewer, electric, water, gas lines) needs to be done? Must be Murphy’s Law of public administration! It wouldn’t be so bad if the road were actually restored close to its pre-construction condition, but it usually is not. I realize, of course, that repairs and replacement of underground utilities are important.

  85. Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I live in one of those neighborhoods where every couple of years our streets are covered with slag chips (tiny rocks basically) and oil. Anyway as I’m walking my dog today on the street behind me, I see a guy walking up and down the street with a leaf blower running. So I figured I would just watch and see what he is doing. Then I realized what he is up to . He was blowing a big rectangle that extends along the curb from the east end of his property line to the west end property line and the rectangle extends from the curb, not to the middle of the street , but to just past the middle, closer to the properties on the north side of the street. He was blowing every bit of those slag chips past the middle of the street so he won’t have any slag chips we’re he parks his vehicle. What an a**hole of a neighbor. Glad he doesn’t live on my street.

  86. Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    This goes to the owner of Huddle House, the service there is getting so bad that it took 20 minutes to get table cleaned off, another 15 minutes to place order, another 15 minutes went by and still no drinks yet. I really like there breakfast and have had very good service till Saturday. After 50 minutes I finally got up and asked for a manager and there was not one on duty. I suggest that the owner spend a little time in his restaurant to see the way things are run. My biggest perk is while waiting, all the young waitress were standing around by the cooks laughing and not worrying about customers. Another sad situation is the place only had 5 tables of customers, pretty sad that 3 waitresses on duty couldn’t keep everyone happy. There was a lot complaining going on that day. Will never waste my time back there again.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      My dad recently retired as an over-the-road trucker. A few years ago he was passing thru and stopped there to eat. He said it was one of the worst truck stop restaurants he had ever eaten at.

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Ate at Huddle House several times. Food was okay but service was always slow. Seen a lot of staff playing around the counter. If I ran the place I would hire a seasoned cook to go along with the other one ,on each shift. For each shift I would hire at least one seasoned waiter/waitress. I would ask the seasoned wait person to kick the one goofing off in the butt when needed!!!!

  87. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I’m confused. I need a photo ID to board an airplane, to enter a military installation, to open a bank account and to withdraw money from that account (unless it’s thru an ATM), to have a library account (an ID and proof of residency), to write a check at a business, to buy alcohol, tobacco, or vaping materials, to get a fishing license, to rent a car, to apply for a SNAP card, etc., the list goes on and on. So why is it so terrible that the state of Georgia will require a photo ID to vote? Every state should do the same to preserve election integrity.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      On top of that, 35 other states in the union have stronger election laws than what GA just passed. It’s just another case of the liberal vocal minority getting their way and making others follow, which happens all too often in our country. That’s why this country is falling apart at the seams.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 11:50 am

      The problem the Dem’s have with photo ID’s for voting, is the new influx of illegals pouring through the Southern border and currently residing in among us. We can house them, educate them, and fast track them to citizenship, but they can’t legally get a voter card…..yet. I’m calling for a Robot Joe voter/supporter to pipe right on up and explain how a photo ID for voters is wrong, racist, or what ever term you’d like to tie to it. The illegals will be the new voting block educated by the once KKK party, and taught to securely fasten themselves to the teet of the American working tax payer.

  88. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    So Major League Baseball requires a photo ID to pick up tickets at Will Call but boycotts a state that requires a photo ID to vote. The hypocrisy.

  89. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    To those people who, at least once a week on Facebook, ask what that loud boom was, grab a brain. We live next to an military base. Do the math!

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Can the words brain and Facebook be used in the same sentence?

      • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 6:23 am

        Did you mean brain & sound off don’t go together?!?

  90. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I had to laugh when I read Facebook this morning. The Leu put a nice spin on their basketball camp but in reality it was a hot mess. No organization. A lot of money spent by parents including myself on something that wasn’t thought through. The little kiddos were completely lost. I’m sure the people at the Leu had their hearts in the right place or at least I hope it was their hearts and not their wallets but this is exactly why we need a Y. More experience more organizational skills.

  91. Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    For the people Complaining about the post office you realize that Donald Trump appointee is still in office so if you wanna blame somebody blame Donald Trump and his appointee.

    • Anonymous on April 2, 2021 at 9:07 am

      Good joke. Like that is really the cause. Get a life

    • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Yes! Donald Trump is the reason the post office is a nightmare!! People like you are the reason this country is so screwed up. And, I’m not even talking about your disregard for punctuation…

      • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

        The post office has been in trouble years. Long before Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Quit blaming trump for something that was happening before he took office

  92. Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 8:33 am

    It’s Scottish American history month. Let’s all raise a glass of Scotch.

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 9:56 am


    • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 12:27 am

      Can’t. It’s racist.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

        Racism isn’t real. It’s only perceived.

  93. Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 7:18 am

    I have 21 years of active duty and live in this town. I have been reading these sound offs and i wasn’t shocked to hear about the number of people taking advantage of the programs. But with that said, i think it seriously tarnishes the pride we try to represent. I saw the messages of the number of homes and started looking at addresses and names, very disappointed. Our own city manager is claiming disability to property tax reasons. When we instill that it is ok for us to use the system, what are we teaching our families, children, etc.. As as active member of our military, please don’t think we are all like that. We don’t feel that we deserve anything different. We chose to take the path to work and serve our country, unfortunately, many feel that they can take advantage of loop holes because it is justified. For those brothers and sisters that have serious injuries, this isn’t for you. For you claiming 70-100%, working the system, you know better than this. And to all the civilians, we aren’t all like this. We are proud soldiers, vets and went in to serve this nation and want to continue to serve this nation, in all forms, including paying our way in society.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      CM disabled? How much did house cost? Able to work 50 hour weeks being disabled? $2500 paychecks? Hired over others b/c of handicap? Juicy stuff. Do tell more.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

        Yeah I want to hear more. There’s no way a “disabled handicap” person can perform that type of job. Nor do I want I want my taxes dollars funding a half a## operation due to lack of effort, lack of mental capacity, & physical durability. Pretty appalling & sickening when you think about it, in regards to major decision making, operations, and management. Eye opening, thanks for letting us know. -MHS Grad ‘93

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2021 at 8:41 am

        Its public record, just look it up in St. Clair County Parcels. We should not shame folks being disabled, by no means. What disappoints me as an active service member is that fact that it is growing to be part of a norm that when you retire, there are services/firms out there that aid in getting you that status so you can avoid taxes. We don’t deserve special treatment because we served. Keep in mind, once you get 100% disabled, there comes a lot more special tax treatments for income taxes and education programs.. We promised to protect our people, we should be stepping up and ensuring we don’t take advantage of these programs and to help those that need help. Someone with a disability that didn’t serve should get just as much support or more, that is our duty and we are failing due to entitlement and greed. I knew these programs were there as they are discussed frequently, but didn’t realize the vast numbers using them in these communities. Disappointed, look for yourself… St. Clair county parcels and type addresses in. I’m sure our realtors are loving it as they know they can charge higher prices to our military, knowing they can afford more as they work the system.. Prayers to all and hope we start leading with pride in our country, community and continue to serve the citizens, as they serve us.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      God Bless You

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 1:55 am

      I find it interesting that you think I filled a claim with the VA for compensation for a service connected injury to avoid paying taxes. I allways thought it was so I could have a hot meal with the lights on. For the record, there is no Worker’s Compensation for the military. When you have a bad day you cannot quit. If your working conditions are poor you cannot file a grievance with the union or go on strike. You don’t get to decide where you live or work. Yes it’s service, but military personnel are not just fodder for war. We expect to be able to enjoy the benifits of freedom just as (most) other Americans do. And yes we expect to be made whole for what we give up. More often than not that expectation is denied. The government and the VA expend a great amount of effort working to prove service connected injuries didn’t happen or don’t exist (ever hear of agent orange, PTSD, tramaitic brain injuries). People are constantly telling me “Thank you for your service.” While I appreciate the sentiment, it doesn’t help with the pain I live with each day or keep the lights on. If you really did want to thank me you would support the people who served to protect your rights rather than complain about a meager amount of compensation.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 9:56 am

        Just jumping in on this one.. If you can’t work due to disability, hell yes you need help.. military/civilian anyone.. i can tell you that for civilians, we can’t get workers comp and still work, that is the difference… Brother, america owes you all that served this country, and if you were injured doing that, we should all take care of you.. I think the point was, people using loop holes and then justifying it due to normal injuries or health issues, that anyone could get in and out of military. God bless you and hope the government is taking care of you all since you aren’t able to provide for yourself due to your service.

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm

          I agree it’s not about those that served and were injured. We should and will take care of you. I have a problem with the ones taking advantage of the system. If you can still work like a city manager you don’t deserve to get the benefit or if you’re that disabled then you shouldn’t be able to do the job.

    • Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Shouldn’t the city get the same deduction on salary?

  94. Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I called the Herald office to place an advertisement and was told that Mike Baker was on vacation. Does he think he has this election in the bag and doesn’t have to work for it? Shouldn’t he be talking to people and explaining how he is going to help solve our problems here in town? I’m disappointed in him.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Dear whom ever made the comment about me being on vacation. I dont t think I have it on the bag at all. If you would take the time to call me, you would find out yes vacation and checking out
      The spinal cord program in Tampa for my daughter who is quadriplegic. . My # 618 806 7514.Mike Baker

      • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 7:45 pm

        To the person that wrote the comment about Mike Baker being on vacation needs to understand Mike’s daughter is his top priority and I believe he’s taking his run for Mayor very serious it just so happens this was the appointment they were given we hope this works out for Jessica she deserves a fair chance ,walk in their shoes before you make an accusation of this sort

        • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

          I agree. Very short-sided to judge without all of the facts. But I guess that’s what anonymous posts are for.

          • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm

            But wouldn’t that mean he would move to tampa? just asking.

          • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 7:07 am

            If you think Pat is the right choice for our mayor, we are in trouble. Hope you like smiles and hearing what you need to hear.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      Huh. Weird

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 10:22 pm

      I don’t know what’s worse, your assumptions of Mr. Baker or the fact that he felt you deserved a reply from him.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 10:04 pm

        Are we so bereft of dignity that we now attempt to publicly shame a person whenever we perceive a sliver of an opportunity? And for what purpose? Mike Baker and Pat McMahon were the only two community members willing to take on the Mayor position. Bully for them for caring about Mascoutah. Their reward—other than the spectacularly lavish $9,600 Mayor’s salary—B.S. like this galactically stupid criticism. Keep it up and maybe we’ll convince our future qualified candidates to avoid public service altogether.

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 1:42 am

          There may have not been a more common-sensical post made on this forum.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      You all do realize the city council controls the happenings in the city. The mayor only votes if there is a tie. So you should be concentrating on the 2 new councilmen. Our mayor is simply a figurehead unless needed to break a tie.

      • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Not true, at all. The Mayor votes on each agenda item just as the other Councilman do.

      • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 5:13 pm

        Another individual clueless to how things work.
        Start attending council meetings.

  95. Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 11:45 am

    If I had the power, I would either do away with the current U.S. postal system or at least drop it in the hands of administrators much more capable. We are at their mercy and they know it. I mailed a birthday card from Mascoutah to my granddaughter in Carlyle and it took over 3 weeks. Is this seriously how one of our most important government agencies should be ran? Why can you order something from WalMart or Amazon, and it is sitting on your doorstep in about two days? This is ridiculous. It needs a good kick in the backside and then a good fix. Isn’t there anything that can be done about lost and late mail, newspapers, and magazines?

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      The most inefficient and inept entity in the world is the US Federal Government.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        Ronald Reagan said: “the nine most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help'”. Yet, here we are, on the heels of an historic election in which we are subjecting ourselves to more and more of government bureaucracy, regulation and control. But, hey, the President won, right?

    • Anonymous on March 27, 2021 at 2:36 am

      That’s what you would do with your “power”? We already have one inept leader, do we really need another?

  96. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I found the Meet the Candidate interesting, esp the Mayoral segment. It is very clear that one of them has done his research and is very knowledgeable and the other is a wanna be with a sarcastic, know it all attitude. Pick wisely, friends.

  97. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Senators Hirono and Duckworth vowed to not confirm any White nominees the Biden administration nominates for any position. And nothing but crickets from the leftist mainstream media. Proof that people of other colors can also be racist. Imagine the uproar if two White senators vowed to not confirm any bl**k or Asian nominees.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Imagine the uproar if you spelled out the word black, instead of simply insinuating to it!

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 12:59 pm

        That’s why I don’t spell it out . In today’s society I would be labeled a racist if I spelled it out.

        • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 9:07 pm

          That’s my point. The mainstream media and the underlying social warriors have levereged their way to making the rest of us step-in-toe. It’s unreal. Am I supposed to say As#i#n, and bl##k now? What about A##rica#? How do you even pronounce those words? Are they even words now? It’s like a Dr. Suess riddle but wait… Am I allowed to say that? Katie bar the doors if we were to say Indian! Such a joke. We sensible people need to rise up and reclaim the same freedom from what the minority seems to monopolize.

  98. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:06 am

    If it was physically possible to kick myself in the butt I would do it. I really wanted to attend the meet and greet at the high school this past Sunday. I don’t know a single one one of the individuals running for the school board or city council. Even marked it down on a calendar on my refrigerator door so I would notice it. Got to screwing around with mowing my yard and totally forgot about the event.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 12:43 pm

      You can still watch it online, but it was mostly a waste of time. No good questions were asked, and everyone just gave the same answers.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:39 am

        Guess I watched a different forum, very informative and was helpful in my decision making.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      I know the feeling. I live in Belleville and mailed birthday cards to my grandkids in New Baden and it took a week to deliver the cards.

  99. Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Just a question for anyone that can enlighten me. What is the difference between the city and the township? We have city offices and then we have the township offices. What’s the function of the township offices? I am just curious because I have never lived in a town that has both.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      The US is divided into States, Counties, Townships and finally ‘Towns or Cities’ (except Louisiana, they’re a little different). Each division has their own responsibilities and layers of government required to perform functions within each of their specific geographic areas. There are 102 counties within the State of Illinois, and 22 Townships within our own St. Clair County. You can count up the number of towns/cities if you wish, but I think you get the idea. In a similar manner, there are State roads, County roads, Township roads and town/city streets with each entity using resources from their respective tax base to maintain. Imagine a single office for the entire State that is responsible for managing everything, what a mess that would be. By breaking down the square miles into many areas, with groups of people to manage each, its easier to deal with. Mascoutah ‘City’, resides within Mascoutah ‘Township’ so it makes sense that the township offices are situated within the city limits, but they wouldn’t have to be. The township shed that houses equipment for road maintenance is located out in the ‘township’. In my case, I live in Englemann Township, and their offices and equipment shed are located in the same building off Highbanks Rd East of town. Hope that answers your question and what I’ve said makes sense.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 7:51 am

        Not really. I didn’t need a civics lesson but I appreciate. My question is what does the township office do, what are they responsible for, etc. and not every town or city in Illinois has a township entity. I grew up in southern Illinois so I called the mayor where I grew up and asked what their township office does and where is it? His response was” we don’t have a township office. Why would we need it?” He also told me that to his knowledge none of the surrounding towns have a township office or personnel. I know where Englemann township is and everyone there has a Mascoutah phone and address. So where is Englemann, the town or city? I thought I had read that the city of Belleville had done away with their township office. The town I grew up in down in southern Illinois had a mayor and city council but never a city manager. A lot of towns are the same way. Anyway, I was just wondering what the purpose of our township office is. What do they do that the city can’t do? Is it needed? Can their “duties and responsibilities” be absorbed by the city?

        • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 10:53 am

          There are 21 townships in St Clair Co. Any town or city within those township is taken care of from the city offices. The rest of the township is taken care of by the township offices. For the most part. Actually Belleville, parts of Swansea, parts of Shiloh take up the whole township of Belleville, that there are no township offices.

  100. Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Do you think it passes the “smell test” that a candidate for the school board has a wife that is vice president of the teachers union?

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      I do not believe that would be in the best interest of the district. How would that work when they are negotiating a union contract and the board has discussions on what to give and he goes home and has those discussions with his wife. That would not be good for the board.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Maybe …i guess that is all in the ethics that that person has. Maybe you should ash past board members that may have been in that same position. What may be more dangerous is to have School Board member that blindly does whatever the Administration wants without question.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        I don’t question that candidate’s ethics but, I do have concerns about what contributions that candidate could add to the Board as a whole. One of the most important aspects of being a school board member is to make appropriations for the tax dollars they levy. If a Board member has to recuse her/himself from those votes, then why are they there?

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Although i agree that having a spouse as a teacher would put a school board member in a tough spot at times … Mascoutah would not be the first school district in the state where that happened. If we are going to be concerned about that though, you should also be asking about the individual that is a city police officer and running for city council. So again, it happens. You need to count on the moral compass of the person being elected. and if you see that compass pointing in the wrong direction vote them out.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      I believe that was an issue when he served two years ago. As I recall he was voted out in 2019, wasn’t a good Board member then, what’s changed? Not in anyone’s best interest, especially with negotiations coming up.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      How would that be any different than someone who’s a school board member having a sister employed in the district and then suddenly there is a new job created by the district and she is hired for said position, then eventually gets a promotion to a higher position?

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        I’m new to following all of this. I wasn’t in person for the forum last weekend but I did have a few takeaways. Harris, Fulp, Geis are easy candidates to vote for. I’m not sure on the other 2. Siebert, Elbe are easy votes for me. I’m willing to be to be convinced on the others

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 10:29 pm

        I have always wondered about some of the positions at the school. Dean of students? Come on. Sounds like a title created to promote someone. How about an English as a Second Language Instructor? How many kids in the district can’t speak English? I personally think that if you are an employee (in any position) of a school district then there should be a rule that bans the employee of an immediate family member ( mother, dad, son, daughter, brother, sister). I personally don’t know a single person on the school board, but when they goose-step together and cancel a perfectly valid contract of a superintendent just to give him a more lucrative one for his impending retirement, then I question if they should just be voted out. I thought the school board was there to represent the parents and students, not the superintendent. On another note, I wonder if the high school ever addressed the black mold problem in the school?

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 9:13 am

        Are you sledging the same board member again that also had several contracts indirectly through the school to benefit his company and his wife’s?

        I think focus on the person and not their family members. It is possible and probable that his sister is a highly qualified professional worthy of the position. Don’t discredit her when you are upset with said individual.

        • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm

          Is this where all the MAGA folks have come to cry about the good ole days? I’m so happy that Mascoutah is moving away from the redneck attitude and more middle class families of diverse backgrounds are moving in. It can still be a small town without being full.of white trash. Have fun being part of a dying breed.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      It didn’t stop the last POTUS of nepotism in the White House!

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 9:47 pm

        Don’t forget to include both of the current US presidents when talking about nepotism.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 6:48 am

      Yes it does.
      I have absolutely no problem voting for this candidate.
      Talk to him before questioning his values.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 6:51 am

      Welcome to Mascoutah. The School Board President receives contracts for his business, and other Board members have spouses working for the district & so on. Then at City Hall, you have employees related to nearby mayors & local big families, and have other juicy scandals. Extreme nepotism. It’s a joke. Circus. Typical Illinois, St Clair County, and Mascoutah. Sad.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:02 am

        Not their fault. This is southern Illinois, not Chicago. You can’t throw a stone without hitting a relative. What’s the big deal?

  101. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I feel as if we are living in a television commercial. It is that television commercial where someone is buying something. Then when it comes to signing the line there are additional taxes and fees that were never disclosed. It is a little funny when watching the commercial, it is something altogether different when that is happening within our school district.

    In May of 2014 the school administration asked for and received permission to purchase a new reading / literacy program called Wonders. The system that the school system had been using was more than 12 years old at the time. The new curriculum came with a price tag of approximately $500,000.00, and began use within our schools in the fall of 2014.

    At the School Board meeting last May (2020) the school administration yet again came to the school board and said that the “6 year old” system no longer worked for us … you know the one that replaced the 12 year old system. The new series being recommended to the board brought with it an estimated $364,220.48 cost. One year later the administration is yet again coming to the school board asking for this to grow to $540,000. Over the course of the last 12 months now this initiative has increased its costs by almost 33%.

    Yet again our school system is in a never ending spiral of spending money because a given project was not thought through, documented or planned well in advance. What makes up the $175,779.52 difference? Good question, and one that the schools administration should be held liable to explain. Is there any accountability for missing the mark by so much? What is the next project that we will embark upon just to figure out it is way more expensive than advertised up front? So … where do you stand Mascoutah school district board members?

  102. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    for Mascoutah:
    The first responsibility for the new Mayor and city council in April should be to finished the half- ***ed job that was done on the joints on 6th street last year-killing everyone’s vehicles!
    My second thought is for the new administration is to fire the knucklehead that negotiated the contract with Waste Management and agreed to a 16% rate increase on our behalf. For seniors out there, you can get a lower rate by calling WM and providing proof of age.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Please understand that 6th belongs to the state the city can’t maintain it .the same as Main Street

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      haha glad to see you’ve been paying attention, NOT!

  103. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    It is sad that the chief of police could not be bothered to attend the Q&A on Sunday to support one of his own officers running for office. But then again, there were no police in the audience that I could see. What does that mean?

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Why does the Police Department now have trucks? Are cars something not good enough for them? They cost so much more. I just don’t see why government can’t live within their means. I’d love to have a new pickup truck, but I can’t afford it.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

        Maybe if the person that wrote this would have listened in on the council meeting they would have known that the trucks were the same price as other police vehicles also understand the police vehicles are made with heavy duty packages

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

        Good grief people. I’d be willing to guess that the police were either working, enjoying their day off or perhaps listening online? Or, maybe the chief of police thought it was best that he do not show favoritism to any particular candidate. Simply based on the appearance of favoritism alone, if I were the chief, I wouldn’t have attended in person.

  104. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Meet the Candidates forum was so well done by the students of MHS and Mr. Hoskins. Thanks to all the participants. I was able to watch at home and this helped me get a better feel for our current and future leaders. Special thanks to all that are running for office.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      I agree. Hats off to all the candidates who take their time to not only show up to the candidate forum but, also to stick their necks out on the ballot. I for one, made my decision on whom to cast a vote for based on Sunday. I hope everyone else found it as enlightening. Thank you Mr. Hoskins for organizing and moderating

  105. Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I’m a veteran with a service connected disability and I live in Mascoutah. I like it here. I bought a home here. I support the community and local businesses with my patronage. I’ve come to know a lot of very nice people. Now I find out some of you good people don’t like me. Not for any thing I’ve done to you, but because the state legislature and governor passed a law to exempt me from paying property taxes. Do you really believe that it’s my fault the government made a decision you don’t like? Really? How very petty of you. Well it’s probably my fault you didn’t win the lottery too. You won’t make me feel bad about it. Get a life people.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Has nothing to do with people liking or disliking you personally. It’s a stupid law dreamt up by a Republican governor trying to win re-election. In reality the law should be done away with. Disability should be based on service caused, not service related or service connected. Just because someone has a condition or ailment or whatever that started while they were in the military, doesn’t equate to military service causing the condition. If a female retires after 20 years of military service, then a few years later gets diagnosed with breast cancer, doesn’t mean she should all of a sudden get 100% disability and the VA to pay for breast implants. A person in the military decides to play squadron softball and falls and permanently damaged a knee or ankle. Why should he get any VA disability? Playing softball had nothing to do with his military service and is not required as part of his military job. Kudos to all veterans that served. I myself served 26 years, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who wore a military uniform should be getting VA disability payments. If the VA was used for what it was intended for, there wouldn’t be so many milking the system.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 12:13 am

        A law dreamt up by a Republican governor, that did not win reelection, yet passed by the same democratic General assembly that the same Republicans complain about passing it. Funny how that works. I, for one, don’t have a problem with the tax exemption but, I think it should be limited to a reasonable amount, somewhere around half of what it is now. There’s no reason at all why the disabled veteran exemption should apply to a $450k residence. I don’t think the vets are milking the system, it’s not their fault the system is what the system is.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Indeed. Jealousy. And also a poorly written law. Too generous.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Sorry for what you’re going through. This town is full of back stabbers. Been that way forever.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:58 am

      There are over 170 homes in mascoutah claiming vet disability. Go to st. Clair website and look up addresses, mostly new homes. We wonder why our taxes are so high, the entitlement is obvious. Realtors reap on being able to inflate home prices as they know they have an opportunistic situation, for them. Facts

  106. Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Just watched the news and they were talking about the 3,000 plus illegal immigrant kids that are in cages on our border (same cages Obama built, but Trump was crucified for when he used them) and the 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants in this country. So I was curious as to if they are undocumented how do we know there are 11 million of them? Another thought…the figure of 11 million was being thrown around when Obama was running for president. Does the number ever change? I find it odd that President Harris and Vice President Biden are separating over 3,000 children from their families and the press stays silent.

  107. Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I wish people had to sign their names to the vitriol they spew on these boards. The Herald is not doing anyone a service allowing people to anonymously post. Small towns work because neighbors help neighbors. But after reading what I’m assuming to be a handful of repeat posters bring up their pet rants time after time, I’m questioning my choice to move back here after being gone for years. This column serves no purpose other than to illustrate why someone shouldn’t move into this community. While I believe everyone has a right to speak their mind, I don’t believe everything they say has a right to be published. These boards have been co-opted by a handful of nut jobs who just can’t resist the chance to spew hatred. It won’t stop until enough people cancel subscriptions or The Herald changes it’s policies and posts names along with comments. I’ve chosen the former remedy. I can forego “hometown” news that only makes me sad or angry. Shame on you Herald Pubs, you used to not pander to the lowest denominator.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Many years ago, the Belleville News Democrat eliminated their sound-off line for the same reasons you mention. It is a place where discussion quickly goes to the lowest common denominator and stays there. Sadly, it is a sign of the times that we feel the need to “win” or “own” anyone with whom we disagree. As a society, we are worse for it. The sound-off does not lift our city or call us to service of the greater good.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        Many years ago I just quit wasting money on the Belleville News Democrat altogether. They had a guy named Michael that was constantly making demeaning and nasty comments about anyone that was conservative or a Republican. So one day I cut and pasted his comments to my posting and then I removed every name that was Republican or conservative and replaced those names with Democrat and Liberal names. Did not change any wording other than names. The BND actually removed my posting because it was offensive and hateful and didn’t meet their precious guidelines. This happened twice. So I called and asked for whomever was in charge to call me. And they did. When he called me back and I explained the situation to him, he somehow found my posting and said that it was offensive. So I convinced him to go to Michaels comments and explain to me what was offensive about mine but not Michael’s comments. Then I explained to him that if he looked at the comments he would notice that all I did was cut and paste the comments from Michael and changed only the names. Then I get the “I’ll have to look into it and call you back”. About a week later he called me and said I was correct that my comments should not have been deleted. Then I asked him for a refund for my subscription since someone at the BND had locked me out of my account. He tried to get me to stay with them and said he would find out why I was locked out and fix it. I politely told him no and that I had no more use for their newspaper. He finally agreed to refund me for the subscription. It took about a week but I got a full refund. I have never read that paper since. I can understand why their readership rates have dropped so much.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 9:22 pm

        I agree, in part, that an anonymous blog is not the best way to go about getting your opinion across to the public. Without accountability, we are nothing. But, that doesn’t just go for our elected officials or anyone else that this forum’s users take aim at. It also goes for those of us that post on here. If we dislike the discord on here and, the Herald is going to continue the open forum, so be it. I support the right of the Herald to run this forum but, at the same time, I feel the impetus is now upon those that believe the forum should be run in a different manner. Flood this forum with accolades from things you see around town that are good, flood this forum with compliments that continually go unnoticed, flood this forum with gratitude for being a member of what I believe, is the best community in all of America. Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      You could have signed your name in your post and the Herald would include it if you had done so. But I guess you didn’t want your name associated with your own vitriol.

      • Anonymous on March 19, 2021 at 11:02 am

        I think that comment is applicable to all that post on here, including the ones above that said the person or persons should have signed their name.. even those complaining about lack of signatures aren’t signing.. Weird how its a double standard.. I do think people have a right to say what they want, free speech. It is up to us consumers to choose to digest it, believe it or ignore it. Sometimes the truth does hurt and people don’t have a vessel to communicate it. In today’s time, we do need more positivity, I personally just hope when people post on here, it is factual, that is all we should ask.

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2021 at 7:47 am

      you forgot to sign your name

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      I have no problem signing my name to a comment. It is my right as an American to say what I want and when I want to say it. I don’t care if it is about the mayor, councilmen, or my disgusting next door neighbor who never picks up her dog’s poop. – signed Mr. None Of Your D*** Business.

  108. Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    There is a seriously large, deep pothole on Main Street across the street from First Federal Bank. It’s in the eastbound lane. I have two questions about it. First, who is responsible for maintaining that street (state, county, or city)? And second, which of those three entities will reimburse me for the breaking of my front driver side strut and right front wheel that was bent? I hit that hole at about 25 MPH and it did some expensive damage to my vehicle.

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      I was thinking the same the other day too. State needs to pay for my mechanic bill, or the local Mayor who didn’t get it fixed by State in his 15+ years in office.

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      You should make a claim with IDOT claims office in District 8 Headquarters in Collinsville. The more claims are made the more attention 177 will get.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 8:24 am

      When I notice a pothole I submit a work order on the City website by going to the Help menu. It’s usually fixed quickly. Seriously though, extensive damage at 25MPH?

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

        177 is a state road and the state maintains (or doesn’t maintain) it.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm

        Yes. Broken strut and bent wheel.

  109. Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 7:53 am

    I’m not sure everyone see’s what is going on in Mascoutah with real estate and the overall impact on our community. North of town, real estate prices are sky rocketing. Small homes are being sold for $400k+ and the majority are being sold to military families. The problem with this is most, not all, but most of the military families don’t pay real estate taxes and they get pay adjustments for where they live. So, who is gaining from this?????? Not the locals that actually pay taxes… THE REALTORS! All about that profit. Seems odd that a certain group makes money for building, mortgages, and then selling them.. Definitely vertical integration. Point is, Mascoutah’s real estate taxes are high for one big reason, a loop hole that allows “disabled my rear” vets to buy homes, not to pay taxes, work other jobs, then pay inflated prices due to supply and demand being next to the base on ok homes by greedy realtors. Get a map, see who’s not paying taxes and then go see how disabled they are.. its bull…

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Buddy I’m feeling your pain. Real estate is high all over now its a sellers market .We can complain about the tax advantage of the military, but Governor Rounner wanted to be reelected and got the law passed. Realestate people sell off appraisals for the home owner for the highest price they can get for the seller. Thats American free enterprise. also one factor most aren’t aware of is the lumber market and how it affects home prices. A year ago roof sheeting was $6-$8 now its around $20.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 11:25 am

        I hear what you are saying about the market dictating and the cost of materials going up. These are used houses that are going for these prices, those are just larger margins for seller and realtor.. Talk to some of these realtors, they will say.. most likely we will sell to the base.. The base folks don’t care as they get compensated for the cost of living. My point is.. for the equity of folks in this community that pay real estate property taxes, the prices increase, taxes increase, the more that get disability for using a CPAP or sore arm (don’t get me wrong, appreciate those fine men and women that served and for those that truly deserve the concession), its the ones that use it as part of their overall compensation plan. They want to stand up and say they served but then feel entitled to not contributing to the community and the schools when it comes to paying taxes. BTW i am a retired Air Force Vet… I pay taxes because i think its wrong to use the system.. I volunteered to go in and serve this country, not forced. It was a choice, but i don’t stand on a high horse thinking I am special.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      thank you all you slow joe voters since he cheated to get elected, gas prices up, housing prices up, children crossing the border put in cages that obama built ,just to name a few. at least the fence he built around the capitol is not to keep people out its up because congress is under arrest. the penalty for treason is fireing squad or hanging

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

        I keep hearing how supply and demand is why fuel is up, NOPE.. This isn’t about republican or democrat, it is about a president that focuses on America and their needs. Joe Biden is more concerned about holding hands with other nations vs. taking care of the one he is representing.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

          You say it’s not republican or democrat, then you lay the blame on the president. Which is it, genius?

      • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 10:20 am

        Oh boy! A real braniac here!

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      That family is making millions hand over fist. Smart people. Very wise.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

        They are definitely making a lot of money off of an opportunity given to them. The wise one is the one you don’t see. The others are just used car salesmen. Smile, tell you what you want to hear.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Actually, military people buying houses here do pay property taxes. It’s the veterans that get 70 % or higher VA disability that don’t pay property taxes. The rest of us pay their property taxes for them. A friend of mine that’s a veteran gets a 40% VA disability so he gets a $5,000 exemption on his property taxes. He has been trying desperately to figure out a way to get that rating bumped to at least 70% so he doesn’t have to pay property taxes. I am a veteran, having retired from active duty after 26 years. I have chronic obstructive sleep apnea, however I don’t get a penny from the VA for it. The reason so many vets get money from the VA for a lot of lame a** ailments is because a large percentage of the VA employees are veterans that have figured out how to work the system and regulations to get money and many of them will tell a veteran how to word the claim paperwork to get money, especially if the VA has denied the claim previously. There are websites that will tell vets how to soak the VA for money. The VA is part of the problem. One common ailment vets like to claim is tinnitus. Some VA centers pay out a 10 % disability claim while other VA centers don’t pay anything. Unfortunately, the VA system is not being utilized for what it’s intended for and way too many people that once wore a uniform and have no integrity somehow feel entitled.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 6:10 pm

        I appreciate your response, as I am also a Vet and I pay taxes. Thank you for restating that.. you are correct it is the Vets, not activity duty. I think almost everyone has obstructive sleep apnea, i know i do but i don’t claim it as i would have that either way, being in the military or not. The VA and the politicians are the problem. I agree with everything you said and again, thank you for clarifying the original comment, its not the active duty, it the entitled Vets that agree, forgot why they were wearing the uniform but not feel the world owes them something. Most went in because they didn’t have a choice to do anything else. God Bless this country and hope our brothers and sisters start looking in the mirror and realizing what they are doing is sad. Should not be part of your retirement program.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm

          I read your comment four times, just to make sure I wasn’t missing something. You may have a point buried deep inside your disregard for the English language but, I can’t find it. When you gather yourself and want to make a point, feel free to repost…

          • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 6:54 am

            An intelligent person can understand regardless. Point was, we have people that claim to have done great things but now are bottom feeders. Which in turn does nothing but hurt the masses. Read that 4 times and see if you fit the narrative.

  110. Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I don’t understand you people. You spend hours typing comments about trash collecting and chickens or whether a volunteer should be recognized, but you can’t be bothered with voicing outrage about a child being raped. A Senior Airman at Scott Air Force Base sent undercover agents a video showing a prepubescent girl being raped by a man. Fortunately the former airman is now in prison but how many more are out there. ? You should be madder than hell that this is happening and what can be done to stop it, but all you care about is whether your precious community’s rubbage is being picked up and taken out of sight. Contact your legislators and ask what you can do, what agencys can you support or help. Do it before you write another ludicrous comment about trash.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      so that scumbag lived on base 5 miles away not in the city limits of mascoutah?? Alrighty then….

  111. Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Old Dementia Joe strikes again! His administration is deploying FEMA to the Mexico border to help care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant teens and children swarming illegally across our border. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security . It was created by Presidential Order on 1 April 1979. The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. Hey Joe, YOU and your administration are the cause of this ‘disaster’. Come on man!! How about holding a press conference sometime to address some of your moronic decisions. Put away the Obama teleprompter and answer a few questions from the American press.

  112. Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Garbage-Gate continues!! Facebook is now blowing up with accusations of ‘shady’ information and half truths being spoken by our politicians. In addition, people are complaining because their WM bill went up higher than the $2 they expected it to. Hilarious!! If any of you had taken the time to read more than a FB meme or bold head line, you’d have understood that both WM and Republic were increasing their contract rates. The difference in the 2 bids was $2, not the rate of the actual increase. The world blew up about the councils decision to change to Republic, and they did something I believe they should never have done and caved to the vocal social media powered few. Well folks, you got what you wanted, WM is your collector of choice, so please do the rest of us a favor and shut the heck up about what it’s costing you. Had you paid attention to what you were being told, you’d have known exactly what you were getting.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      Trash complaining about trash.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      People I recall one council members questing why it was going up so much. Not 2-5 dollars, but 15-22 dollars and nobody wanted to listen to what he had to say. I have for one have canceled my service with waste management. Im taking my trash to my business dumpster to a reliable sanitation company out of Waterloo. Thank you for the rest of the council members that didn’t fully read the contract.

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        It wasn’t just one council member, it was two. My take is Battas and Baker stood their ground.

        • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:08 pm

          That’s right. I remember that

          • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

            To the person who posted “The reason no one picks on Baker’s volunteering efforts is because there are none.” You must be new to the town. He is a humble selfless man who began his community involvement as a youngster in the Junior Jaycees in the late ‘60’s. Was involved in the relocation of the old train car in the park from the tracks on S. Railway to its current location. He not only has been a member & held office of every civic organization in town but also represented you, Mascoutah citizens, on the County Board prior to his current position, again representing you Mascoutah citizens! Have you enjoyed the Main Street events in the past 10 years or so, Ice Cream Socials, Chili Cook Off’, how about the largest Homecoming Parade in the region, or are you one of those who he’s delivered meals to? Yes, Mike Baker does have an interest in what happens here, he has YOUR interests foremost in his mind & heart! VOTE BAKER, I am!

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      As along time volunteer, I feel that it’s important to remind people what volunteering really means. To me it means giving of yourself, and to help the community, but not expect a pat on the back or the recondition for the projects they do. When I look around town and the park and see the projects I’ve been involved with and see people enjoying and appreciating them, is gratifying enough. For the real volunteers everyone appreciates your service.

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

        Kudos to the Volunteers, and businesses around town that contribute continuousl,and ask for nothing but to the people that seem to volunteer for personal/ political gain shame on you.A sincere volunteer doesn’t need their picture in the paper or their Facebook page bragging about what they have done especially at Election Time

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

          If you are talking about the volunteers putting up flag poles at Scheve Park, I don’t see where that is bragging. It was just informing people how they were put up and how it makes the park a little nicer looking. What’s wrong with that? Plus in this town, if you don’t keep people informed of every little, tiny thing, they automatically think the city blew more money. You can’t tell me that someone drove by, saw the flag poles and didn’t say ‘look at what the city spent money on this time. what a waste of our hard earned tax dollars.’

          • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

            New flag poles at the park? Had no clue

          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

            Should have kept the trees. Did the Park Board approve? Was there citizen input? Or do the good ole boys MIA do whatever they want on tax payer ground?

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:17 am

          It’s great to see that community involvement. There is nothing wrong with being proud of a project when it’s completed. There’s no personal or political gain. It’s community involvement. It’s nice to see from one candidate.

          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 2:41 pm

            I wish everyone would stop picking on Mayor candidate PAT McMahan he has worked hard the last 3 months to make sure via Facebook and the Herald to let everyone know all the charity work he’s doing please people be easy on him and don’t touch his back I’m sure it’s very sore .Seriously Folks!

          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm

            The reason no one picks on Baker’s volunteering efforts is because there are none. You can’t brag about doing nothing.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:01 am

      I read a Facebook post from Mayor candidate Pat McMahan that waste management contacted him to let him know they would be revised contract out my question to Mr McMahan why they contacted you maybe you have a friend with WM for voting so quickly in their favor without reading the contract I’m just John Q. Public I was told last Wednesday they were sending out a revised contact.maybe I should have posted my findings on Wednesday I may have got a few votes for Mayor.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:11 am

        It’s not a revised contract. It is a revised statement that declaring the fact that all services will continue as it was before.

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 7:54 am

        I would ask if they contacted all of the council? This sounds very fishy. You would sure think they would be in contact with the city manager, not a flip flopping city council member running for mayor. It would be interesting to see how much conversations they had with him between the first and second votes of the contract.

  113. Anonymous on March 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I don’t care who is new mayor, as long as the winner eliminates the asst. city manager position & appoints a new city clerk. Time for change! And also lowers electric water sewer rates, or sells to Ameren & Illinois American Water.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      hellllllz yea, I’m loving me some of dat! win win & savings all around baby!

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:48 pm

        Huh? Your post is even harder to understand than the others

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      I agree, we create positions and for what? Lets get real, this is a small town, these people aren’t that busy. And talk about spending extra money, we now have 2 F-150 police trucks.. are we in Colorado or something?? Come on. How about helping the families in town during this pandemic.. Lets take a look at that surplus and give some back!

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:00 am

        So, instead of spending tax dollars on the police force in town, you’d rather the city dole out money in the form of handouts. I bet I know which way you voted for president.

  114. Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I would be curious to what either one of the mayoral candidates would do to the councilmen’s property located near Jefferson’s restaurant that has numerous code violations and disrepair. The current mayor and administration has done nothing to make the property owner clean up his property.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 2:19 am

      Seriously? Has this not been hashed out enough already? That councilman has already said he’d clean it up and it’s not an issue for the mayoral candidates to have to be distracted by. You people are unreal.

      • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        There’s a few on main st that need demoed

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:50 pm

          Maybe. But also maybe not. Talk to the council and the city manager about it. In my opinion, they are receptive to your questions

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 7:50 am

        He said he would clean it up over 2 years ago. How long does he get. I think that is the writer’s question for the candidates. How long does a citizen get to bring their property back up to code.

  115. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    So, with all the pro teams changing their names like Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, etc., because their current names are insensitive, offensive and degrading to Native Americans, when will Mascoutah High School do the right thing and change their name from the Mascoutah Indians? Come on Mascoutah, we can do better. After all, what values are we teaching our children especially since America was settled through genocide and ethnic cleansing?

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Can we really do better, though? If Mascoutah were to change its respectful mascot, you would just find something else to complain about or to impose upon others your newly-found insensitivity. After all, what values are we teaching our children if they are constantly reminded that tolerance is a one-way street?

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Here we go again. Give me a break. Mascoutah shouldnt change and hopefully won’t give in to the minority who are offended by everything including my fart

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 10:55 am

      If Mascoutah caves to this well, it wouldn’t surprise me. Freeburg told these whinning b****es what to do with changing there high school mascot. Let’s see if Mascoutah will fold.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Savages! Christopher Columbus was a brilliant epic monumental divine legend. One of the best.

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 6:26 am

      I think you mean, “their”? But then again, it shows the ignorance and illiteracy of some of the locals who spout “their” nonsense here, “there” and everywhere. Get it?

  116. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:18 am

    It has come to my attention that a current city council member and perspective mayor candidate owns a home based real estate business. His address on his website is listed as 330 Grant Dr. When i looked up that address on the city’s website, the zoning designation is RS-10. I then went to the city code and and under sec 34-5-11 the permitted uses are: a.Single family dwellings b. additional uses determined to be similar and consistent with those listed above (single family dwellings) c. Elementary and secondary schools. There are conditional uses allowed, which require “The city council by conditional use permit after public hearing by the planning commission …”. No real estate services listed on the conditional lists. Section 34-5-80 is the the neighborhood commercial district. This is where under services and uses, real estate businesses are to be located. I do not remember seeing a public notice for a conditional permit at his listed business address, which is in a RS-10 zoning district. My question to said candidate and the city administration is why has he not had to follow the codes and ordinances he has passed and helped enact. This seems to be a very strong case as “to do as i say, not as i do”. I support small business ownership. I just think that a mayoral candidate and current city council member should definitely have to abide by the rules that they set.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:33 am

      You’ve went to a lot of work to let residents know this. So my question is, will you apologize if you find out you are wrong?

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:59 am

        The information that is available on the City’s website indicate that this information is correct. I reviewed past planning commission meetings and noticed a few variance applications to run a business in a residential zoned district. I will apologize if wrong, but the information presented to the public does not seem to change the thought that the mayoral candidate has not followed the rules that he, as a council member, has set. That is a big problem.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm

          Given the fact the mayor let a councilman slide by with the property behind Jefferson’s does this really surprise anyone. Maybe i should get to know the politicians better so I can get by with code violations. Got to love small towns.

          • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:22 pm

            I agree, they will never do anything. It is an embarrassment to this town. I liked the mayors interview in the paper last week, I wish he could have said his greatest accomplishment was getting the council member to bring his property up to code!

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      This is very interesting, if true. He should have to publicly answer this. The city has rules that everyone must obey. This is not right that the city manager does not follow up on these issues. I know its hard to stand up to your “bosses” but its the right thing to do. We are all watching.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      If you read all applicable sections of the code you will find that Pat is abiding by the rules and is allowed to have this type of home based business.
      Sec. 34-7-17 – Home Occupations – (b) permitted home occupations… (8) office facility of a salesman, sales representative, or manufacturers representative, provided no retail or wholesale transactions are made on the premises.

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 2:29 pm

        I would argue since the code specifically calls out real estate in the neighborhood district and not in the code you are referencing. Does pat’s clients ever meet at his house? Based on this section of the code they cannot. I have never heard a real estate agent referred to a salesman.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

          You seem awful knowledgeable about this subject. Should we assume you are either a past councilman, a current councilman, or someone at City Hall. Who else would care or go through all this trouble? If you have something against the candidate, just say it. Quit pretending you are doing it for the good of the people.

          • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm

            I might be, might not be. But I do think our elected officials should be held to the same standard as everyone else. They just aren’t. The one council member that has a house by Jeffersons is a perfect example. He acknowledged that he needed to fix up his property and went out there a couple of times and then stopped. That is unacceptable. They should lead by example.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:14 pm

          I believe the operative phrase here is “no retail or wholesale transactions”. I would indeed consider myself a “sales person” for my real estate brokerage, McMahan Realty Group. I haven’t asked for or expected any “favors” or preferential treatment” in regards to my business, mine is no different than any other home based business.
          Seriously guys, you’re trying to besmirch me for owning a home based business?
          ~ Pat McMahan

          • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Pat, I appreciate all you currently do and have done for this community. We need more residents with your servant’s heart and less anonymous hit jobs.

          • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

            Thanks for your tireless volunteer efforts in the community. You help make things better than you found them. I salute your longstanding involvement in boosting the city.
            It is a sign of the times to see you attacked and have your character put into question.
            Don’t be deterred by the bull. I, and many others, appreciate your community spirit.
            Gene Isbell

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      You are indeed very much mistaken. Was wondering when the “politicking” would start…

      Check out Sec. 34-7-17.-Home occupations.
      ~ Pat McMahan, Mascoutah Mayoral candidate

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      Savage! Bold. Strategic.

      • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 7:36 am


    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      That is not a good candidate for this town as a mayor, conflict of interest.. He has a short temper and rubs elbows with too many people. I hope the public can see through this and vote for a real previous business owner…

  117. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I just read the mayors column on the heralds facebook page and am disappointed. I applaud both Mike Baker and Pat McMahan for willing to run for mayor. What I am disappointed in is the current holder of that office is trying to influence people into who to vote for. The herald is holding a candidate’s forum on Sunday March 21 to allow the voters to be informed of the views of each candidate. I question why would the mayor want to make an endorsement of a particular candidate? Does he want to continue to have influence over the mayor’s office? I respect mayor gerry and appreciate the amount of time and efforts he has put into making Mascoutah a better place. I just wish he would have withheld his opinion in this race, especially till after the candidate forum. I haven’t made up my mind in this race yet, but this is nudging me into a certain direction.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 9:34 am

      A politician whose term in office is over or chooses to retire can endorse a candidate at any time. There is no timeframe for this announcement. It’s just his opinion. It doesn’t make it right or wrong.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      He can endorse anyone he wants whenever he wants

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 8:03 am

      I have no issue with the mayor giving his opinion about who should be the next mayor. His opinion is well-respected. I do wonder though if the mayor’s corner section of the Herald is offered to him for free? Any other political ad would be charged a fee I think

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Sounds like the current Mayor would still like to “run” the City even when he is out of office.

  118. Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Just saw Mascoutah has dropped to a 6/10 for the high school ranking. We used to be up near 8-9 out of 10. Just wondering what the issue is and if it has changed since the principal changed a few years back.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Greatschools.org still has the high school rated as 8/10

  119. Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Gas prices today, 3/9/2021: Circle K 177 & Greenmount: $2.55; Saxs: $2.92; Quick Mart: $2.82; MotoMart: $2.95; Casey’s: $2.95. Now tell me there’s no gas mafia in Mascoutah. I always drive the 5 miles to Circle K and get gas. Today it saved me over $8.00.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      I sometimes drive to Missouri just across the JB bridge. Last week I got gas for .52 cents less per gallon than it was here. The savings are worth the drive. I posted this before but one of the owners of a gas station in town once told me that the gas in Mascoutah was higher than Belleville because the delivery trucks have to drive further to get to Mascoutah. Yet several towns further east of us are usually cheaper than us even though trucks drive further to get to them.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Having posted the earlier comment about the gas being cheaper in Missouri and just about every town around us, I wanted to clarify something. That is, the owners of the stations in town do not own the gas or the pumps and they don’t control the prices. They get daily calls from their distributors telling them what the new prices need to be. Even if the prices don’t change, they still get a call telling them to keep the current price. So please don’t complain or bitch to the owners of our gasoline establishments.

  120. Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Does anyone know if the school district will be doing anything for the class of 2021 seniors? So much effort was put into giving the seniors of the class of 2020 something special because they missed out on the last 2 months of their senior year, while the 2021 seniors are now over 6 months into their senior year and have seen squat. When questioned, the administration says they are working on it…and now here we are 2 months before graduation still waiting on something, anything….I get school administration is busy with covid related issues, but they were busy with similar covid issues last year and still managed to make a huge deal for the 2020 seniors

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      I have not heard anything yet. Just checked the district’s News page and Event page…nothing. Unlike last year, no school board member has a kid graduating this year, so the issue might not be as pressing both in terms of dissemination and content as it was for last year’s class. Probably no news until after Spring Break. I’m sure they all will come up with something very worthy during their vacation.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:17 am

        In the past couple weeks there has been an adopt a Mascoutah high school 2021 graduate group on Facebook that has been celebrating the 2021 class. There has been discussion about ideas for prom and graduation venue that are in the works as well. Guessing nothing will be shared until it’s a ‘for sure’ thing.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:00 am

      Is it that much of an accomplishment to graduate high school now? I, for one, don’t think that it is. Rather than have some faux celebration for an achievement that should be considered commonplace now, how about you stop blaming the school district about whether they’ll have some sancramonious ceremony to celebrate a foregone conclusion? Maybe start thinking about real life and, instead of having a graduation party for, why not a party to discuss how important it is to make the most of college, or the trade that he or she is pursuing?

  121. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    This is the most cruel, backstabbing town I’ve ever lived in. I can’t wait until we are reassigned.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      Do tell. Sounds juicy.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      I felt the same way every time I had to live in base housing. But thru the years I learned that you will run into the same things to dislike no matter what town or state you live in. Every town has the good and the bad.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 8:01 am

        We lived in a town once where the mayor was arrested on a DUI. After multiple times, the aldermen finally forced him to resign. I’ll never know how he got elected int he first place. If the article I read in the paper is not exaggerating, and this mayor has a long history of being involved in different organizations and state committees, and devotes his life to Mascoutah, why do citizens complain about him? What am I missing? I wouldn’t know the man if I met him on the street, but from what I read, he seems decent and someone I would want supporting my town.

        • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm

          My wife and i have know Jerry for many years. Everything you read is true. He is devoted to his family and his church and mascoutah. He has done the best he could for us. We voted for him each time he was up for reelection and never hesitated. I hope the new mayor is that loyal to our community.

        • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:19 am

          Right! And you want out of here? At least Mascoutah only ran the former city manager out of town after a DUI.

          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 6:56 pm

            I’m pretty sure he resigned. Nobody “ran him out”.

        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:01 am

          What’s wrong with getting q DUI every now and then?

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Whenever I need a good dose of backwards, narrow-minded people with their heads up their backsides, I read Sound Off in the Mascoutah Herald and feel so glad at what I left in 1975! The town nor their stupidity have not changed. Having travelled and lived all over the world since then, it is clear that the many of natives are a product of inbreeding and myopic lunacy.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm

        Do you ever come back to visit your uncle daddy or aunt mommy?

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 5:29 pm

          See what I mean? 😉

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:54 am

        Ha. And here I thought the last product of inbreeding left in 1975.

  122. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Harry and Meghan please go back to Canada or the UK. Nobody cares about you. You both are irrelevant. Please leave.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Nobody cares about this comment either. Please leave.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 9:53 pm

        You cared enough to respond to my comment. How sweet.

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      Meghan whines that her son doesn’t get the title of prince because he has a small amount of black in him. When in truth he doesn’t get the title of prince due to letters issued by King George V way back in 1917. She’s just trying to destroy Harry’s family like she did to her own family.

  123. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

    I noticed that about every store I go into now has an abundance of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, masks and disinfectant spray. Some are even heavily discounting the stuff to get rid of it. I still have the one bottle of disinfectant spray and two bottles of hand sanitizer from a year ago. I am so glad I didn’t stock pile these items like so many people did.

  124. Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I am 100% Team Pat! I think he is best candidate for our city.

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:59 am

      he’s lived here 13 years? other guy i think 60+

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:36 am

        Thanks for the info, even though it’s irrelevant.

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:24 am

        17 ?

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      100% team Mike! We need true leadership and a can do attitude. Mike should be the candidate of choice. Small business owner, devoted volunteer, and our future leader!

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        “Former” small business owner, and questionable volunteer.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

          What does former have to do with anything? Other candidate is a former postmaster

          • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:27 am

            McMahon owns his own “current” business too, McMahon Realty Group

          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:03 am

            Maybe the candidate forum will end this debate…

        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

          One Mayor candidate really likes the “PAT” on the back when he volunteers or cooks dinner. Just look at FB. The other does so with out the need for recognition.

  125. Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Kudos to all the elected officials in our community. These people donate or receive little compensation, as city council members, and tirelessly work hard for the residents and taxpayers. It is really sad we have a group that choose to try to berate them on a forum that people can hid behind their keyboards. I have personally discussed items with both members of the council and school board and found them to be caring and listening individuals. I would challenge those who like to criticize to pick up a petition and put your name on a ballot and run for public office. Keep up the good work elected officials! Don’t let those few discourage you.

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:06 am

      I agree, I sometimes wonder how we have any citizens willing to put their name on the ballot in this town. In today’s society, it is way easier to criticize on a platform as the sound off or social media then to pickup the phone or send an email to discuss an issue or a complaint.

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 11:04 am

        I’m really excited about the change in leadership in our city government. New Mayor and 2 new council leaders. Might bring new ideas. For once I feel like we have options for the council. 6 candidates that are all very different. Not many well known candidates either , in my opinion. Although I’m anxious to hear more about them , I like that we have a variety to choose from. Anyone have any insight on best candidates? Would like to see someone who Is younger , but it seems we only have older residents running as usual.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 9:23 pm

          I am glad finally getting a new mayor too. Well over due for new voice

          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

            Will we have new administration too? Or the same manager and assistant?

        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm

          Nick Seibert is younger and would be great for Mascoutah.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 1:09 pm

          You should attend the candidate forum coming up soon. I think you’ll appreciate the insight from that more than the anonymous opinions offered on here.

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 4:27 pm

          Henry the cop Glander, is about as fair minded, straight shooter there is. I know he has been a police officer here for years and is retiring soon and decided to run for City Council, I would say nobody knows the inside of this city better than he does.

  126. Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Does anyone know if the high school basketball games will be opened up to the public? I thought it was just parents of the family, but I heard that the school board members are allowed to take their families. Just curious if and when those of us who are not entitled can return.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Up to 50 people. So pretty sure each player gets to bring certain number of family members.

      • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

        I think it was sarcasm because the school board president brought several of his family members into the game when there are actually some family members that cannot even go watch their kids play because the capacity was already filled. Tough spot for the AD to be put into.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:37 pm

          I doubt the AD cares who shows up…parents or board members. As long as the kiddos get a chance to play that is all that should matter.

          • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:23 am

            Yeah, kiddos. I hope they brought their crayons, macaroni and glue.

      • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm

        I heard it was only a certain board member, not the whole board

        • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:21 pm

          I have seen multiple board members at games. How do you know if they are not allowed to go.

          • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm

            Please know that ALL board members were NOT offered entry to the basketball games or other sports events this season. It’s discouraging to know that one persons actions reflect on all 7.

    • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Did the board member have a wrist band like was required? Are they considered a school official and do not need said wrist band. It is easy to jump to conclusions on the sound off page of the herald.

  127. Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I am an author living in Mascoutah who is getting ready to publish his first mystery/romance. However, the book is male/male. If I try to promote this book in my hometown, would I be burned at the stake? Would it be better to promote it elsewhere? I am asking for serious opinions, please.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      Isn’t the goal of promoting a book to get someone to buy it? To do this, you need reach your target audience. Knowing nothing about the books substance, you’ll have to ask yourself if you feel your work will be something the home town folk in Mascoutah IL will connect with and want to purchase. If the answer is yes, then Mascoutah would be great. If the answer is no, then perhaps a location where you’re able to reach a larger number of people would be a better option. Facebook feeds, St Louis radio stations etc. If you decide on Mascoutah you won’t be ‘burned at the stake’, we haven’t had a good burning at the stake since Covid hit lol. It all comes down to one simple thing, either the book is good, or it isn’t. The sexual orientation of the characters doesn’t matter to an avid reader if the story line has substance and holds interest. I wish you the best of luck!

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      You shouldn’t be. As a conservative, I believe you have the right not only to exercise your beliefs but, also, to monetize them if the market sees fit for you to do so. Go for it and leave the naysayers behind!

      • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

        It is one thing to promote the book (and yes I’m nervous about that) in larger cities or even different states, and of course the internet. But you never meet those people. However to talk to someone who has been your neighbor for years, to see people you know in Tom’s or Dollar General, and suddenly make actual eye contact with someone who read the sex scenes, is daunting. I’m not ashamed of the book or the male/male characters. I guess I’m just scared because this is my home and I can’t simply shut it off like you can a computer. Maybe I should have added a chicken to the story to get their minds off the gay characters…LOL

        • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 7:49 am

          I’m confident that Mascoutah residents can handle it.

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