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  1. Anonymous on November 30, 2020 at 10:19 am

    I just recently had to renew the registration sticker on two vehicles. It now costs $151 per vehicle. Do you think the fee would be cheaper if Illinois would quit updating the license plate design? I have had one vehicle since 2008 and the state just sent me the third updated design plates. How many times do we need the design changed?

  2. Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 6:57 am

    I retired as a Colonel from the US Air Force after serving two tours of duty at the Pentagon. I left the Pentagon in 2000. As a military officer, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. I was prepared to sacrifice my life in defence of the citizens of the US to protect our way of life, our values and our freedoms. I was horrified a year later on, 11 Sep 2001, to learn that our country failed in our ability to protect our citizens and equally horrified at the loss of over 3,000 American citizens during the attacks. Our nation was equally horrified at the loss and our country spent millions in tracking down the culprits who planned and executed those attacks. America changed overnight from a nation at peace to a nation on a war footing.

    Why, then, are we not equally horrified at the loss of over 264,000 American citizens during this pandemic? Why is there such a polarity in our viewpoints? Why is there a view that the simple action of wearing a mask is so divisive? Why does almost half of America approach defending ourselves against a virus with relative ambivalence? The oath I took as a US military officer was not at my convenience. I did not decide when, how or whether I would give up my freedoms to protect our citizens. That decision was made the day I was born, and it was my duty and responsibility as an American to contribute to the greater good. It was part of the reason why I made the decision to join the military. I always felt we lived in the best country in the world and we were privileged to live here and only by the grace of God. My decision to join the military was to give something back to America, to our people. It is now, that we need every American to give something back to America and to the greater good. It is time for every citizen to enlist in the fight against this pandemic. We are all in this fight. We are all Americans. If you see wearing a mask as an infringement on your freedom, it is not. It is a statement that you are an American citizen working toward the greater good. And that, is what makes America great.

    • Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      I definately agree. Is it not too much to ask for everyone to wear a mask, practice social distance and wash your hands. Just do it.

  3. Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    There are two things that puzzle me. 1) Why the Chamber decided to continue with the holiday parade despite pandemic restrictions and 2) why the officials are allowing them to do it.

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      There are two things that puzzle me. 1) why you think the City “allows” the Chamber to do anything and 2) why you don’t understand that the parade is outdoors and if you don’t want to go, you have the freedom to stay home.

      • Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 8:21 am

        B/c city officials have the power to enforce the governors restrictions but they choose not to, b/c the local majority of voters in town do not want them enforced.

      • Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 4:53 pm

        The city has the right to close the street if it is in the best welfare and safety of the citizens. Like everyone else, I’m sure they would love to have the parade continue because we all need a little Christmas. I believe both the Chamber and the City are weighing the pros and cons every single day. There is no winner in this decision.

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Locals are mostly republican. Governor is Democrat. County Board chairman is a Democrat. E St Louis, Belleville, Fairview Heights Democrat. Northern Illinois Democrat. Mascoutah not so much. Let the parade rage on!! Social distance & masks!!

      • Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm

        What does Republican and Democrat have to do with anything? Is it a fact that if you are Republican, you are less likely to follow the Covid restrictions? Or, if you’re a Democrat, you are more likely to? I’m not following your train of thought.

        • Anonymous on November 29, 2020 at 4:45 pm

          But all of the thousands and thousands of protesters and looters are Democrat yet where were their masks. Thousands of Democrats were celebrating in the streets when it was announced Joe Biden won the election, yet the majority of them were not wearing masks. So how exactly do you determine that Democrats are more likely to wear a mask and Republicans are not? Whose “facts” are you following? CNN, CNBC, Oprah, Governor Nelson, Joy Reid?

    • Anonymous on November 30, 2020 at 10:21 am

      The parade can be safe as long as you follow spacing and mask. Its outside gees. I would hope all of those who think wearing a mask violates their rights. Think of the children for one evening and put the darn things on. Think its going to be cold Friday night a mask will help keep your face warm and at the same time being a good human.

  4. Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 1:55 am

    I remember reading that a major part of the duties of the Asst City Manager was economic development. How can that person still have that job? What has been developed in this town in the last 5 years? I can only think of the O’Reilly’s. I wonder how many businesses came to this town and found how rude she is that they just turn around and leave. Our mayor and council need to act to put a more qualified person in that role.

    • Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 11:17 am

      For ADA compliance, the minimum sidewalk width is 36 inches (3 feet), though sidewalks can be wider. If sidewalks are less than 60 inches (5 feet) wide, passing spaces must be constructed every 200 feet. These passing spaces (which could be a driveway or wider section of concrete) need to be at least 60 inches on all sides. (Copied off internet} Its most likely right . The city didn’t design the project. As for the assistant city manager she is rude and condescending.

    • Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      I read in the Mascoutah Herald about those grants for math and science. They sure HELP across the subjects and buy technology equipment. I liked what Dr. Fiegel said about the grants. All professions need continuing education and it says the grants do that. Writing for those grants and maintaining them must be tons of work. 5 million bucks is so good for Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Bolt landed O’Reilly, SureShot, Whisper, the IceBox, Park Restrooms, and executed other projects in less than 3 years, all while trying to keep the City afloat efficiently during CM DUI’s firing, short staffed, PD passing, politics, all while being decently friendly & down to earth.

      • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 7:23 pm

        If you are talking about Mike Bolt, I liked him. Good guy

      • Anonymous on November 30, 2020 at 10:27 am

        I agree Mike Bolt was good. He stepped up to meet the challenges at hand. His down fall was he wanted people to come to work on time and do their jobs. He was black balled by staff. Asst city manager doesn’t come close to the job Mike Bolts did. He’s gone she is here at the will of the City Manager .

        • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 8:48 am

          He chose to leave to go to New Baden, where his same tactics got him fired after three months. Was he black balled by staff there too? There comes a point where you have to step back and assume some responsibility for your own actions and how you treat people as well, Mike. Can’t be a snake in the grass forever and expect to get far in life.

          • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm

            I’d say he went pretty far in life & is successful. My reliables sources told me it was a back door job by the mayor, new trustee, sexist females, lies, and local sabotage. Speaking to bolt few months ago at Sax’s, he said he could care less about either of those past paychecks nor the moronic folks he dealt with daily. Contrary to the belief, these are not “good” jobs.

          • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 1:30 pm

            Ha current underperforming staff trying to divert attention away from themselves & then bad mouth some guy that is long gone and was well liked by the majority when here. So more importantly, when are we going to get a Jimmy John’s, Taco Bell, or Qdoba?

        • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 1:39 pm

          Our city would be much better off with Mike Bolt as the City Manager. One of the people on the committee that recommended the finalists to the council says he regrets now putting the current city manager through. He said he was great on paper and in the interview but his dictator style will not last long. Sure wish he would listen and try to be better.

        • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 1:41 pm

          What! How awful! Ludicrous! Already under the microscope, well paid employees, funded by the local tax paying citizens are expected to work & be punctual? Whoa. Never heard of such a thing. Lol. They’d have a rude awakening in the private sector or in military.

      • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 7:24 am

        I thought the former city manager resigned, unlike Bolt, who was fired after less than three months into his city management position. Sounds to me like there was more to him than this “great guy” the anonymous person in sound off is stating.

        • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 12:58 pm

          Small town politics. Great dude. Their loss, not his.

      • Anonymous on December 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

        I was hoping he was going to run for Mayor or Councilmen!!

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      I’ve only had positive experiences with the Asst City Manager. I don’t know that economic development is the sole responsibility of any one particular city employee though. Shouldn’t economic development be a goal for all city officials, whether it be hired, appointed or elected? And I believe there is an economic development commission in the city.

  5. Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Does anybody else find it odd that the new intersection of route 4 and 177 has street lights spaced way too close together? I know mascoutah likes to put up light poles but give me a break! Also, I feel sorry for someone in a wheelchair using the sidewalk in the southwestern corner of the intersection. The city put a big light pole right in the middle of the sidewalk. I’m sure our city manager will blame it on someone. It’s never his fault!

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Way too many poles. Incompetence.

    • Anonymous on November 29, 2020 at 10:26 am

      These lights are too much. I don’t care for them. The one on the corner is going to be hit many times. Just wait

      • Anonymous on November 30, 2020 at 11:00 am

        Most likely the State, not the City or County. But the City also would have had some involvement one would think. Are we really that shocked or surprised? Just another typical day in Illinois.

  6. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Around midnight last night (or this morning), some kids rang our doorbell and then ran away. We couldn’t see them clearly from our security videos but they looked about middle school age. Ran off on their bikes. My husband was mad and wanted to call the police. I didn’t want to because I think they have better things to do. It was a prank, not a crime. But my question is, where are the parents? These kids are out at midnight, unsupervised obviously. Do the parents allow their kids to be out that late? We did not call the police but we are considering posting the video on Facebook.

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 10:06 am

      I would hold off on posting the video. If it continues, then I would post them. Too many parents truly do not care where their kids are at night or what they are doing. My 16 year old has friends that will drive by here at 11:00 at night and want to go riding around. I don’t let him go because he has no reason to be out carousing around late at night. Of course his friends think I am an a**hole because I won’t let him go, especially since I found out that some of them are vaping. It’s amazing that a 16 year old can get their hands on vaping materials or tobacco dip.

  7. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 6:47 am

    I got some questions if u have had covid n recovered do u still need to wear a mask? If u get the vaccine do u still need to wear a mask? How will u know if that person is telling u the truth?

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      Yes. Yes. Their nose grows, like Pinocchio’s

  8. Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    I promised myself that I would not voice an opinion about local politics especially in this column but I have to say it. Its been said on facebook that pat mcmahan and mike baker want to be mayor. I have to go with pat. He is always working at the park trying to make everything better. Almost every day. I think he would work hard for the town. I do not know Mike that well but I guess he would be okay. I just have to put my two cents in for pat.

    • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

      By not wanting to be political you broke a promise with yourself. So is it safe to say even you can’t trust yourself. Either one would be ok. I know them both well. But I’m for Mike. He has actually got things done.

    • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      Mike Baker gets my vote. He is not afraid to ask questions of the city administration. Everyone talks about electric rates, Mike is trying to get that fixed. It is very interesting that nobody in the city can answer his questions he asks. If the community wants the status quo, vote Pat, a retired government employee. If the community wants someone that is a businessman, someone who will move our community forward, vote Mike.

      • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

        I don’t know either of them that well. But from reading the Herald about the meetings, I’m leaning towards Mike Baker. It seems Mr. Baker and Mr. Battas are the only ones that have anything original to say.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Curious what Baker’s solutions are to the electric issues. asking questions when you know there’s no viable answer, and still continuing to complain about them solves nothing. What is his solution??

        • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 10:48 pm

          Why not call or email him.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 9:12 am

        Pat has proposed research into renewable energy, wind, solar etc. At least he’s trying to solve the electric issue, not perpetuate it.

        • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm

          The school asked about putting solar on their buildings but the city said no. This is what a board member told me. The school is the largest user of electricity in the city and they city makes a lot of money from them. If the school put it on their buildings, the city won’t make that money. Pretty shameful and irresponsible from the city’s perspective.

        • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm

          I’ve talked to Mike Baker before about feasible ways to help citizens with the electric issue, he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject, from
          lowering electric rates for business owners, what it would take to leave the IMEA, Mike and Pat have both learned about renewable energy through council meetings, and Mike talks to surrounding city’s citizens and business owners to gather research. As long time citizen of Mascoutah, I read the minutes of City Council meetings and have attended a few meetings, if we vote for a mayor based on their willingness to put their opinion aside and say yes to town improvements it is Mike Baker. Who in town likes the Chili Cookoff, Sweetie Pie Day, Icecream Day, the Christmas Light Parade? All of those were started by him or with his help and he was in charge of or has helped to run them for years. He’s never been someone to boast of his accomplishments, so I ‘ll do so here!

        • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 10:46 pm

          Can’t do much renewable under the current contract Mascoutah is in till 2035. I’ve not read anything Pat has said to promote renewable..

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 12:37 am

      Mike Baker for Mayor.

  9. Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 11:22 am

    TO ALL HUNTERS: For goodness sake, when cleaning your truck at the car wash, please please clean up your mess!!! It’s nasty!!! Why leave that disgusting stuff for others to find? How would you like it if it was gathered up and dumped in your driveway? Grossssss

  10. Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I’m watching the news and I see New York City is in a state of chaos with the increase in violence and murders. Elderly people being pushed onto the tracks of incoming subway trains, people randomly being punched in the head while walking down the street, and one guy standing on top of a bus while shooting a flamethrower. Total loss of control in that city. I say we drop a small, tactical thermonuclear device over the city and end it all.

    • Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      You would then be the same as them.

      • Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 1:55 pm

        Not really. I would be more like a waste removal company just getting rid of the trash.

        • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 7:38 pm

          Seek help.

        • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 10:11 pm

          Whoa. Tough guy

  11. Anonymous on November 20, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Utilities bills in this town are a joke. No wonder businesses are not attracted to this town. Just love waking up to a $350 residential utility bill Friday morning in the middle of the November, when everywhere else it would be $225. Almost ruins the weekend. And it’s only going to keep increasing. They already approved water & sewer increases, have close to 15 salaried utility workers with full pensions & benefits, and millions of dollars in trucks & equipment. (which the local tax payer pays for) Sell the whole system!!! Ameren now!!! Enough is enough. Don’t bother with your smoke & mirror comparables either Jerry. Big thanks to our our local leaders 25-30 years ago for screwing the pooch & leaving us with a big bag of crap, to pay for it all. Disgusting.

    • Anonymous on November 21, 2020 at 7:58 am

      Mostly agree, yes. One positive of the high rates, is that it keeps the rift raft from East St Louis, FH, and Belleville outta Mascoutah.

      • Anonymous on November 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

        Just got mine this morning. WTF. Rrrrrrrr. Makes me not even what to put Christmas lights up outside.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 11:35 am

        I think you mean riff raff. Although you could have meant rift raft, whateve that is.

    • Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 1:48 am

      Terrible leadership! They say we can’t get out of the contract. Has anyone tried? How can they hold the city to a contract when the cost to build the power plant went up by 3x the original costs? But why would our city administration want that? Then they wouldn’t need all the dead weight around city hall. Let’s go with Ameren!

    • Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 9:29 am

      I have lived here since 1998 and have never had a city utility bill more than $275. I see a lot of people complaining about the electric bills but I am curious as to what they are comparing them to. I honestly don’t know if Mascoutah has higher rates than any other town around here. I do know that replacing every light bulb in the house with LED bulbs hasn’t done anything to lower my electric bill. In our house we have made it a habit to turn off all lights, tv’s, etc. when not in a room. I keep all utility bills for year-to-year comparison. I have noticed that if I use less electricity and water in July 2020 than in July 2019, the bill for July 2020 is higher. This doesn’t happen all of the time but I have noticed that sometimes during a certain month my bill be more for less usage than the same period a year prior that had more usage.

  12. Anonymous on November 19, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Was at Walmart today and they were out of a lot of items, so I thought I would go to Target. But then I realized that to go to Target I would have to drive home, get out of my pajamas, shower and put on clean clothes to go there.

    • Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      why would you have to do that?

  13. Anonymous on November 19, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Is it them or is it me? I am driving to go uptown Mascoutah in the area of the park or on N. County Rd before school starts. During the start of cooler or even cold weather I notice students walking to school wearing heavy jackets with hoods over their heads and wearing shorts. Is this normal or are the kids and kids parents not normal?????

    • Anonymous on November 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      One day last January at the middle school a kid walked by my vehicle and was wearing a heavy coat and shorts with no socks and sneakers. I told him that he had to be cold wearing shorts and no socks. He said “no, I don’t get cold” so I asked him “if you’re not cold then why do you wear a coat?”. His answer was “I don’t know”.

    • Anonymous on November 20, 2020 at 7:00 am

      Hoodies & shorts are quite common all over the country during Autumn & Fall. If you travel to college towns & larger cities, you would see the same.

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 11:37 am

      Don’t you have something better to complain about?

  14. Anonymous on November 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Why all of the hate for our Governor J.B. Pritzker? He was elected in a landslide back in 2018. I do not agree with picking on certain businesses and painting them as the scapegoats of this health crisis. It was not their fault and they did nothing wrong. If J.B. Pritzker was really serious in putting an end to this crisis, please close all of the gas stations in this state. We can leave everyone else open with zero restrictions and see how things play out. You can laugh all you want at my suggestion, however over the last eight months the crisis has only gotten worse.

    • Anonymous on November 21, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Please wait while I laugh all I want.

  15. Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Well O’fallon is going all remote after Thanksgiving and Belleville East and West is already remote again. Wonder when Mascoutah will follow suit.

    • Anonymous on November 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      My sister-in-law is a teacher and she said the district is staying hybrid unless the Governor orders them to switch to all remote.

      • Anonymous on November 23, 2020 at 8:19 am

        Grant and Illini schools in Fairview are going to all remote after Thanksgiving.

      • Anonymous on November 23, 2020 at 9:43 am

        I spoke with a high school student. His teachers are telling the kids to bring everything they need from school for remote learning just in case.

    • Anonymous on November 24, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I heard the 50% of the school board wants to go all remote and 50% wants the kids to be in school. Apparently the school does not care if the cases are rising and our children are exposed to Covid19.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 10:11 am

        Your children are still exposed to Covid even during remote learning since they more than likely still hang out with their friends. And since you don’t know who their friends are around or who their parents go around, I’d say the chances of getting Covid are still the same with remote learning versus in-person learning.

        • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

          No in my case. My kids only their friends at school no where else. My wife and I both work at home and only go on out to go food shopping. Apparently the school board wants to spread the virus.

  16. Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Does anyone out there pay any attention to the high school civics class lessons? The more I help my child with the class the more it seems like a Barack Obama indoctrination course. It seems all of the homework leans to the far left. I know this is a heavily left-leaning town but I assumed the schools here would be more unbiased than what they are. WLM 2024

    • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Well, this is a first. Someone stating that Mascoutah is a ‘left leaning’ town. I’ve been here many years and can’t recall more than a couple of people that vote blue. Not having kids in the school system for a while, I’ve lost touch with what they’re pumping into the minds of our future generations. If what you say is true, I’d strongly urge parents to confront the school board before we have a crop of democrat voting socialists taking over that want everything for ‘free’.

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 11:48 am

        Hmmmm…I’ll bet every Mascoutah citizen would praise our brave men and women serving in the military…a truly socialist organization. And I’ll bet every Mascoutah citizen traveled at one time in their life on the US interstate system provided by the federal government of the United States. And I’ll bet most Mascoutah citizens who go to church also pay into the communion or give to charity for those less fortunate; a socialistic event. So, as you criticize socialism, understand that you are part of socialism too.

  17. Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    For those of you speculating about Boeing on Facebook, take a look at the billboard on EB 64 just before the Mascoutah exit. It’s from Boeing and states “Built Right Here” or something like it. In the corner you’ll see “Drone Refueling”. I know personally Boeing has been developing drone refueling called the MQ-25 Stingray and has already had test flights. Think we may be seeing an announcement before the end of the year concerning a big Boeing presence right in our backyard. And yes, Mascoutah is very involved.

    • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Zzzzzzzz. No major news. County owned ground. Whole interchange is an eyesore.

  18. Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 8:20 am

    People act like when 2020 is over COVID is supposed to expire. That’s not how it works buddy lol.

  19. Anonymous on November 15, 2020 at 6:25 am

    while some of you will be waiting in line for your vaccine with the marker and then going to hoard the toilet paper i will be at local bussinesses buying all the ammo.i can find gonna need it when all the biden voters find out they were lied to and used like pawns in a chess game.

    • Anonymous on November 15, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Act like an adult. My middle schoolers act better than you.

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Biden voters are not rabble-rousers.

      • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 1:54 pm

        Of course they aren’t. They are looters, rioters and arsonists.

        • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm

          Grow Up! At least Democrats don’t have a hissy fit when they don’t win like the Republicans.

          • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 9:27 am

            Really? Think back to Hillary Clinton losing, you moron. I would say that rioting, looting, and arson is much worse than any hissy fit. WLM 2024

          • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 11:14 am

            Uhhhh, yeah, so I guess our Governnor had the Illinois National Guard staged in Chicago prior to the elections was in anticipation of a Biden win and potential looting of Michigan Ave by Trump supporters? You’ve apparently been in the basement with ground hog Joe and not paying attention to the violence, murders, looting, burning, CHOP/CHAZ occupation and civil unrest by DEMOCRAT supporting leftists that has been occurring over the last year. Only after lunch bucket Joe came out a couple months ago condemning violent protests did the national media coverage change focus back to the ‘red death’ COVID, and protests and looting magically disappeared. I think if anyone needs to grow up, it’s you my friend. Grow up, take off your blinders off and ‘get woke’ to what is truly happening in this country.

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      Do you get a flu shot?
      PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE VACCINE you are welcome to get covid.

  20. Anonymous on November 13, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I think it’s time for Mascoutah to put in place a mask mandate. Our COVID-19 cases are increasing double digits daily, because there are too many anti-maskers in and out of every business in town. Ridiculous!

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2020 at 9:53 am

      I agree. Let’s let Big Brother run the show. We’re so much better off when the government controls every aspect of our lives…

      • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

        I think in these times the government should step in. We aren’t doing good on our own. Everyone is too concerned about individual freedoms rather than the safety of society as a whole.

      • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

        They are. That’s why we elected them. I’m just being sarcastic.

      • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 9:41 am

        Spoken like a true Democrat.

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      I definately agree. We all need to work together.

      • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 1:25 am

        Yes, we all need to work together, but we don’t need the government to force us to. Even in the most desperate of times, we have to salvage our civil liberties. If the government does this now, when or where will it end?

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 9:21 am

      How many deaths? Let’s us live our lives. If scared stay the heck home

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 11:56 am

      I most definetly agree. It wouldn’t be forever. Masks help everyone. People in other countries are working together and not bitching about masks, washing hands, and being careful with spacing.

      • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        That’s because in other countries people don’t live in the land of entitlement and me, me, me.

  21. Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    We are all adults, let’s act like them. Stop the name calling and the bickering. We have had a bad year.

  22. Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Who has given the SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD at Sixth and Harnett the authority to direct automobile traffic at that intersection? That is the job of the local police. Perhaps they have deputized him? Or is he just taking on the task because he thinks he can?

    • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Seriously, he is often there with the local police! He is probably paid very little to do a job in rain, snow, cold etc. He does an excellent job of keeping the traffic flowing and people, especially the kids, safe. I think he should be commended, not criticized.

    • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      Is there a particular problem with him behind your question? Tom works tirelessly…rain, snow, cold, hot, in order to make sure that crossing is safe for kids and adults alike. I believe that he is paid by the city for his efforts but, for the longest time had volunteered to do that job. So, let’s maybe fact check before we start complaining and, perhaps we should just be grateful that we have him to provide a much-needed service to our community.

      • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 8:32 pm

        State Road. No jurisdiction. Wild Wild West out there! Free for all.

        • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 5:44 pm

          It’s always pretty well organized when I go through. Maybe it’s just good timing. Or, maybe I’m just not a constant complainer. I’ll do some more research on it.

        • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 6:43 pm

          What is a state road and who has no jurisdiction?

      • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 6:08 pm

        I agree He’s a good man with a great big heart. He should be saluted not criticized by a key board warrior who doesn’t have a clue. Thanks Tom for all your hard work and for keeping our kids safe!

    • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      He is hired by the city and works with the police.

    • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Tom is a volunteer that gives his time just to keep our kids safe. Good grief. It’s embarrassing that we have people in our town that complain about the very people that make this place special

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 11:52 am

      I am very glad the crossing guards are in place. They watch out for the kids. Which one would you select to be struck by a car? Patience is a virtue.

      • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm

        Not talking about stopping cars for kids — that is what a crossing guard is supposed to do. Talking about him directing cars like a police officer

        • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 10:23 pm

          If he didn’t do what he does it would be an even bigger traffic nightmare

    • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      The police gave him the authority due to the nature of his job. Works the same way in every town and city.

  23. Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Does anyone know what DMS Contracting is building at the high school? The taxpayers built a new field, resurfaced the gym floor, built new tennis courts, made a new entry to the football field, and now this?!?!? Seems that their is no end to tax payer money being used for these projects. We are in the middle of a pandemic.

    • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Maybe they are donating some more work since the family that owns the business is on the school board. back off them.

      • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 5:18 pm

        Personal gain!!

      • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 8:08 pm

        I may be misremembering but, wasn’t there talk a while back about DMS taking rock donated to the school district for the football field that eventually ended up on the Poplar Street project? I wonder if the cost of the rock was factored into the bid to the city?

        • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 11:04 am

          Corruption. Only ran for School Board for company profits & deepen his own pockets.

          • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 12:03 pm

            Does he know in advance about bids?

    • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Or maybe he’s doing it for personal gain such as working for the company that built the football field

    • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 7:50 am

      So, tax money shouldn’t be spent because of a “pandemic”. I don’t understand

      • Anonymous on November 15, 2020 at 11:41 am

        That is the problem. People don’t understand that during a pandemic, commerce decreases along with the taxes generated. Maybe the school district should stop steering money to school board members and hold off on improvements until conditions change. This company is no dummy. They won’t be the contract holder.

        It is nice to have guaranteed salaries and updates and improvements to facilities while businesses and working people struggle. No doubt that updates and improvements are needed at some point, but I think the individual was questioning the timing more than the expenditure. Although, the superintendent seems to authorize spending again and again.

    • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      It looked like all they were doing was removing rock that was around the bleachers (that was a hazard during games due to kids playing and throwing rocks) and replaced it with dirt. Seems like a logical good move to me., and not an expensive one. Also, the Turf Field from what I remember was money privately raised, not tax payer funded. I think it’s fair that if they raised that money, that other upgrades can be paid for with tax dollars. The tennis courts were 50 years old and the bleachers were older. The way I see it, our taxes aren’t cheap in Mascoutah, but I am glad they use it for things that benefit our kids and community, and they do it right. Everything seems quality and something that , as a community member, I am proud of when I see it. You get what you pay for in communities. Our community offers a great education and wonderful facilities.

      • Anonymous on November 14, 2020 at 9:55 am

        Well said. Great company, just doing what they can to help around here. People love to complain but, those people never put their money where their mouths are.

      • Anonymous on November 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

        Perhaps, but there was at least one concrete truck there. Not a major project.

      • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 11:59 am

        Offer to rock needed lanes.

  24. Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Where is the leadership for our city??? What do I mean by that question? On 10/31/2020 our cities positive covid cases stood at 251 confirmed positive cases. As of 11/8/2020 we currently stand at 405 confirmed positive cases, that is a 21.5% increase in cases in only 7 days. You can drive down the streets of Mascoutah and see bars or restaurants allowing people inside for dinning and drinking against the orders of the State. Where is the City Manager? Why is he allowing this to go on? Where is the Assistant City Manager? Why does she not step up? What about the city police chief? Does he just throw up his blinders? The Mayor and City Council? What don’t they do something? Part of the jobs of all those listed is to maintain and protect the health of the public and our community and they are failing. People will die because of these cases and those in charge sit and don’t enforce the current orders. It is time to clean the house, demand the resignation of theses people, vote them out!!! Every single one of them.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      If you don’t like it, don’t go in to the bars and restaurants. Others choose to enjoy their lives the best they can. Face it, Sweetie, we will all be buried at some point. If you plan on living in a bubble, go for it. No one is stopping you. I would rather enjoy what time I have left. I wear a mask. I wash my hands and use sanitizer. Unless you lock me in a basement, what else would you have me do?

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

        They were not elected to be babysitters.

        • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm

          No they all elected and hired to uphold the laws and ordinances of the State of Illinois. So if the city decided to stop enforcing DUI that would be ok, they are not elected or hired to be babysitters?

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

        You don’t have to go in those places to get exposed by the ones who do. That’s the problem everyone of those people who are in those places go other places, work, grocery stores, gas stations. Necessary places.

        • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

          So…what do you tell the owners of “those places” who will eventually close their doors forever due to lack of revenue? Owners that poured their hearts into that business? Just pat them on the head and say “Sorry, Skippy. Life sucks.”

          • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 5:10 pm

            Yes, that’s exactly what you tell them. What do you say to a restaurant owner who opens a new eatery, pouring in their heart and soul along with their savings, and the eatery fails within 2 years? This scenario happens all of the time as according to CNBC 60% of new restaurants fail within the 1st year and 80% shutter before their 5th year.

            You take a large risk when you open a restaurant or a bar. Sure, a pandemic outbreak was low/non-existent on the list of risks you take when you opened your small business – so was cybercrime 10 years ago but now you must spend additional money to protect your business from these threats. Businesses fail all of the time for lack of customers and earnings. Smart business owners figure out how to adapt and create value for customers. I do agree that these failures will be especially painful because they are caused/forced upon a business by the government. I think we would all agree that the government should also step in and help these business owners, and they did with the PPP. So, the question becomes if bars and restaurants are still told to close the inside (which means they need to adapt and most have) should the state or federal government step in to assist again? If you answer yes, do you also believe that someone should be collect unemployment for 52 weeks?

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 12:24 pm

        Imagine the person the closest to you, your spouse, your child, your parents. You would be ok burying these people, so others can go have a beer? Is that how little you value the lives of those around you. That a beer or a dinner inside, trumps the lives of the ones that you supposedly love. You can still support these business’s through carry outs or sitting outside.

        • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm

          Oh, pleassseeee! Don’t whip out the guilt trip speech on us! You know as well as everyone else that you can catch this virus at the grocery store, convenience store, getting nails or hair done, kids going to school, or even sitting in the doctor’s office. No one is taking this virus more seriously than nursing homes, and despite their best fight against it, residents are still getting it. It’s everywhere! So spread your holier than thou attitude someplace else. We’re not buying it.

          • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 2:12 pm

            Ok here is a quick biology/science lesson for the day. If you are in a grocery store, convenience store, hardware store, school, hair/nail salon and everyone is wearing a mask. The virus has a harder time getting spread due to the slowing of the air you exhale, by the mask. Hence it takes longer for the virus to go from point A to point B. Since the transmission rate is slowed so is the potential for viral load. When you are at a bar/restaurant it is hard if not impossible to eat and drink through the mask. The virus is then transmitted at a quicker rate and the viral load is also increased. The lower the viral load the better opportunity the body will have to fight off the infection. So can you catch it everywhere, yes. Can you decrease the chances, yes.

      • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 4:58 pm

        Thank you to the bars/restaurant in Mascoutah that continue to allow inside dinning.
        11/12/2020 st. clair county positivity rate 27%. New cases in 62258 today 16. Thank you for helping to push those numbers higher. The school kids will really appreciate going back to remote learning.

        • Anonymous on November 14, 2020 at 9:58 am

          27% of those tested. Bogus way to conjour up the “positivity rate”. Get a life bud.

        • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

          When is the school district going to decide to go totally remote?
          Positivity rate is quite HIGH. Man up!

      • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm

        Great. So when you bring the virus upon yourself, then you agree to be last in line for treatment. So long as that’s clear.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      If the city manager, assistant city manager, city council, mayor and police chief started enforcing every rule the way you think they should, you would probably be the first to call them a Nazi or a dictator. Wait until Sleepy Joe slaps us with a mask mandate.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 1:28 pm

        Oh no, we are going to have to wear a mask. Where will this madness end!!!!!!! Not the dreaded mask, that will kill hundreds of thousands of Americans to have to wear a mask. How will we ever survive MASKAGEDON 2021!!!!!!! Better start stocking up on toilet paper and napkins now. I can not believe we are going to have to all wear masks!!!!!! Better start to prepare the protests now, get the word out!!!!

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 1:29 pm

        So why have rules and laws if they are not going to be enforced??? Asking for a friend.

        • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 8:52 am

          Perhaps the Governor should call in the General Assembly to actually legislate his mandates into something that could be interpreted as a ‘rule’ or ‘law’? Unless and until he does this, he can’t simply impose unilateral mandates and expect them to be enforced. Maybe instead of barking orders at our city leaders, your instruction is better directed to the Governor’s office…

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hi! I’m just wondering where you are getting the COVID numbers for Mascoutah?

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 3:33 pm

        Both the Illinois Dept. of Public health and the St. Clair County Emergency Management websites are updated daily. The county also posts them to the Emergency Management Facebook page daily as well.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      Yes the city staff should send letters or make calls.
      However, the City Council was elected by the citizens, not big boy JB. If a majority of citizens, voters, business owners, and council disagree with big boy JB, then they/we choose to. This isn’t Chicago. This is Southern Illinois. Typically southern illinoisians do not agree with most of the elected Illinois governors.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 4:29 pm

        I am curious how we decide which rules or laws we follow?? If we personally disagree is that enough to stop following? Do i need 10 people, 50 people or 100’s of people? Or is it regionally that we can decide which rules/laws not to follow? Is it by County or Township? I would really like to get in on this making my own rules up, it sounds very fun and dangerous. Please count me in.

        • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 6:58 pm

          You should run for Governor! Then, you’ll get your wish and be able to make up rules, disguised as laws…

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      The faster we get Covid under control the faster we can get the economy under control. Trumps direction did not work, we need to try Biden’s way. Give him a chance

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        F**k Biden. DJT 2024

        • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm

          I do not think so. Grow up!

          • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 9:06 pm

            Grow up? Why? I find life as a Democrat fun.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 8:44 pm

        We didn’t try Trump’s way. We blindly followed JB Prixster just as Californians followed Newsom and New Yorkers followed Cuomo.

        • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm

          So, who is volunteering for the Clorox Bleach injections and UV light insertions.

          • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 9:23 pm

            You had a difficult time with knowing when to recognize sarcasm didn’t you?

          • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 9:26 pm

            You should volunteer.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      As a life long citizen of this wonderful town I have subscribed to the Herald for 25 years. I have countless family members and friends who subscribe as well. My spouse and I have enjoyed seeing family members in the the sports section or from pics at the library. I love reading the Days Gone By Section and reading about the overall happenings in our little town. I have kept many copies as keepsakes as well as sent copies to family members who live out of town who still want to keep in touch. I am grateful for the support the paper has given to small businesses throughout the years. Thank you Herald for all you previously done for our community.
      That being said, a friend of mine mentioned their disgust with the Sound Off section of the Newspaper. I usually avoid this section because it seemed mostly negative. I read all of it this past week and was so extremely disappointed and disheartened with the comments that I decided I must not sit back and allow this, I must respond this week.
      To quote the beginning of this section the Herald states” This forum is available for honest opinions, not to callously bash and individual, group or business. The publisher of the Mascoutah Herald reserves the right not to publish comments that are potentially libelous, slanderous, vulgar or inappropriate. Online comments do not appear until approved by the publisher.” I am wondering why you are not following your own rules, especially last week. This section is breeding division in our community, attacking families, businesses, and schools which is exactly what our town does NOT need during a time like this. This is becoming a rumor weed that feeds on distention and allows those spreading the rumors to hide behind anonymity. I no longer want to share this paper with out of town family members or read it at all. If this section continues to be unregulated, I will not be able to renew my subscription. I also would love to see an apology occur or the removal of this section entirely. I am sorry to all the people, businesses and families who have been hurt by the callous comments left by individuals in this section. This is not what I know to be the hard working people of this town . Please do not give up on this community despite the mud slinging that has been allowed to occur.

      • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 6:23 am

        100% agree! This section of the paper should be at the very least better monitored, but better yet removed all together. It’s on-line bullying (or bullying in print) while hiding behind autonomy. And you, Mascoutah Herald are allowing it to happen. It does NO good for the community and I too would much rather see youth sports or POSITIVE events happening in our community being highlighted rather than this crap.

        • Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm

          One of my favorite things to do is fly into an airport at night. Cities look so beautiful with their colorful lights, highways lit by traffic traveling through the town, tall buildings with a few windows shining with night workers. It’s gorgeous despite what reality the morning sun brings.
          Is it possible that this column is just revealing what has always been there, but you just didn’t see it? Travel down Main Street and look at all the empty buildings. They were there long before Sound Off. Look at your high tax bill or electric bill. Sound Off has nothing to do with those. Leu Civic Center won’t last much longer without major funding. Once again, nothing to do with Sound Off. And the list continues.
          Before blaming a newspaper column, look around and ask yourself if the complaints were always there, just not brought to light.

          • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 7:43 am

            The paper should be saluted for giving us a forum. Goodness knows the city or the school district have never listened to the people. Just look at what your taxes are or how high your electric bill is and they still don’t listen. At least I can voice my opinion, even if no one will do anything about it.

      • Anonymous on November 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

        I want to thank our city workers that fix electricity. I was not affected but my neighbor was. It was around Bel Air drive and ON A SUNDAY. THEY CAME AND FIXED THE ELECTRICITY.

        • Anonymous on November 17, 2020 at 3:04 pm

          And got paid very well for it….and our electric bills stay higher.

  25. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Folks that put up Christmas lights & decorations in early
    November are oddballs. Jeez, wait a couple more weeks at least. Ever heard of Thanksgiving?

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 11:55 am

      This has been such a strange year that maybe the Christmas decorations make them feel better. Let them enjoy it. It’s about the only left that we can.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm

        If that’s their only option to feel better, or as you said, “only thing left that we can”, that’s moronic, sad, pathetic, and idiotic.

        • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 9:24 pm

          No, you are.

  26. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    I just read the funniest headline that states Biden promotes unity. Really? Why the change of heart after promoting division for so long?

    • Anonymous on November 19, 2020 at 3:45 am

      It’s not President-elect Biden holding the elections hostage to sooth his vanities. At least Biden has made the offer, Trump only served those who swore their fealty to him. Biden doesn’t ask that you change your politics, only that you allow that somewhere, in the midst of all the political rancor, we can find a space to work together. Trump never thought this was possible, and was voted out of office by those he cast aside. In 61 days we’ll see who has the interests of the country at heart. Will Trump continue his scorched earth policies even after the Electoral College votes and the election is formally ascertained for President-elect Biden?

      Ask yourself, whom does this serve? That answer is no one, except for our enemies. Those that want to bring America down. They are loving every minute of this temper tantrum Trump is throwing. Trump is making America vulnerable with his Twitter firings and ongoing claims of election fraud. He sounds more like Kim Jong-Un, Erdogan, Putin or even Poppa Doc than an American president. 61 days in which America can sink deeper or start to pull herself up. The choice was made at the ballot box, now it’s time to let our senators and representatives that enough is enough and it’s time for them, and republican voters, to recognize Biden as the President-elect of the United States. That’s when the healing and the unity can begin.

  27. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 10:13 am

    During the chamber meeting last week, Pat McMahan announced his candidacy for Mayor. I am Team Pat all the way. I think he is a honorable man who works hard for the city. He works hard at the park making sure it is one of the best around. He supports local organisations. I think he will bring a fresh idea to filling empty buildings on Main. Go, Team Pat!

    • Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 11:17 am

      I would vote for him.

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      I like Pat, but I would rather have a candidate who wears a mask and doesn’t dine inside restaurants when the state has that restricted. Of course that leaves Mike out too, so….not sure who I’ll vote for.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm

        I don’t know him but I don’t see why where he dines and whether he wears a mask is relevant to voting for him. I would hope your criteria for a candidate would be more important.

        • Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 10:33 pm

          Yeah, whether or not you agree with their positions on being Mayor, I hardly think it’s reasonable for one to base their vote on their dining habits. But, to each their own.

  28. Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I have to applaud you, Mascoutah. The school district payroll and expense reports were published on Thursday, and not a word was said in this column. Kudos to you all for blasting the city when they released theirs, but not saying a word about how much this district is costing us. Special applause to the school administrators who managed to hide their actual salaries from the publis. For example, it lists the administrators making $90,000 and over. Fiegel is on that list even though in reality he makes close to $200,000. Nice hide and seek game you’re playing. And the final applause goes to the district for spending $10,722 with the Coca Cola Bottling Company. Party in the cafeteria!

    • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 11:47 am

      I personally have given up. The city and school district in this town spends money like millionaires at a Las Vegas strip joint. At some point, you just have to sigh and live with it. The other option is moving, and I’m just too tired to do that.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 8:59 pm

        I’ve always been curious as to why, with all the surplus cash the school district has, why do they need to keep increasing the amount of our property taxes they siphon every year.

  29. Anonymous on November 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Don’t you think it is weird that Channels 2 and 5 could not be bothered to break into the sports that was airing at the time Biden was announced president? Channel 4 carried it for quite a long time but the others seemed to care less about this historic decision. Talk about total unprofessionalism.

    • Anonymous on November 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      I think you just answered your own question regarding St. Louis news stations.

    • Anonymous on November 8, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Kind of the same thing when the networks refused to air the swearing in of the newest Supreme Court justice. Or the hundreds of times they wouldn’t air Donald Trump the last 4 years, unless it was to spread division.

  30. Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Biden’s win is creeping up.

    • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      That’s okay. I guarantee that within 2 years the people that voted him in will regret it. They will be begging for a republican, but it will be too late. Once the damage is done there’s no going back. After Biden wins there will never be another Republican president.

    • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Unfortunately, you’re correct. Trump was the calm before the storm. People will realize before the end of January what a mistake they made with Walter Biden. He should have stuck to his day job of being Walter for Jeff Dunham.

  31. Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 10:03 am

    The hilarity, the hypocrisy! Democratic mayors in Seattle, Portland, New York, Baltimore and Chicago (among others) sat and watched ‘peaceful’ protestors pillage and loot their cities in the name of so called social justice. Now on the eve of the election they are bracing themselves for riots and looting. Boarding up store fronts and staging their respective National Guard to deploy in the event of violence. The looting if Trump is elected will just be blamed on him, along with whales beaching themselves in Sri Lanka, Covid, or the bon fires in California. If Biden is elected, there will still be looting, only this time it will be in support of BLM. Either way, someone is gonna get their big screen TV updated.

    • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Anyone see the post on Facebook left by our City Attorney last night? I found it completely disgusting that the Cities Attorney post something such as that. And then one of the City Council members agreed with him. The City Fathers need to address this issue at the next Council meeting. I only hope they have what it takes to do that. By no means do I want to take away his right to his opinion. However being in his position it would be better left unsaid. Just saying.

      • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

        Can you share what he said with the rest of the class?

        • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

          I’m not friends with him on Facebook but, I saw his post from someone else. It said “a vote for Trump is a vote for racism”. Like the first poster said, I’m all for free speech. If that’s his opinion, that’s his opinion. However, I’m also all for the repercussions that follow free speech. I found it to be classless and in poor taste, and I voted for Biden.

          • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 6:33 pm

            Holy cow!!!! He is supposed to be representing the city.

          • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm

            I voted for Trump, so does that mean I can sue for libel or slander as I am labeled a racist? I accept the label of terrorist placed upon me by Barack Obama, but I won’t accept being labeled a racist.

          • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm


          • Anonymous on November 5, 2020 at 1:20 am

            What is it? I haven’t heard anything

          • Anonymous on November 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm

            Why doesnt everyone just leave him alone. Its a private facebook post, geesh

        • Anonymous on November 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm

          I looked for the post. I couldn’t find it

  32. Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 7:24 am

    If Trump wins re-election maybe some of the has been celebrities that vowed to leave the country if he wins will hopefully follow through and actually leave.

  33. Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    All the regions in Illinois are now under restrictions. The bars and restaurants are supposed to close indoor dining but yet dozens across the state are refusing. I think the Governor has lost this war.

    • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      I think COVID is the same as the flu. Some people it hits extremely hard, and others not so much. I believe the Governor thought he was doing the right thing because this virus was unknown, but now I think it is time to let people go. We can’t wrap each person in a bubble. It was never a war.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        I agree. We can’t do this forever. It’s time to let ALL businesses and schools open up.

        • Anonymous on November 1, 2020 at 10:49 am

          The Governor has backed himself into a corner. He only has two options… Keep his foot on the gas pedal or admit he was wrong. He will never admit he was wrong.

    • Anonymous on November 1, 2020 at 8:58 am

      Last flu season it killed 32,000 in 12 months. Covid has claimed 230,000 in 10 months . Not the same.

      • Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 9:33 pm

        How many of the 230,000 were not actually COVID deaths? Plenty of families have come forward about loved ones dying and the hospitals listing the death as Covid related when in fact the loved didn’t have Covid.

  34. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Mascoutah Herald, I will not be renewing my subscription to your “newspaper”. You now run a whole page of this sound off stuff which turns it into a National Enquirer type paper. Tell me what’s going on in town, but if you do, the paper would be like 3 pages. It’s all good, you ate trying to be a big boy paper.

    • Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Don’t you find it ironic that you posted this comment in the newspaper and column you said you hated. And don’t you also find it ironic that they announced they now have 25 newspapers? They must be doing something right.

      • Anonymous on November 6, 2020 at 6:08 pm

        Ha. Fantastic response!

  35. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I continue to chuckle every time I see another “Rah Rah Post” about defying the Governor and keeping restaurants open for indoor dining. If you are really for the “mom and pop” businesses in our community, then why do I see Amazon Vehicles driving through Mascoutah and dropping off all day long seven days a week?

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Because this wonderful town does not offer the vast array of products Amazon does

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 8:05 pm

        Heck it does not even offer a bare minimum of products. Do you realize we only have 1 grocery store ( broken down), 1 pharmacy, 1 florist, a wine store, a general store that participates in nothing in the community….a couple of convenience stores that do nothing in the community, including a locally owned one that does absolutely nothing, 5 banks that do virtually nothing in the community, a karate place, a gym and a thrift store…and they do nothing in the community, animal hospital that does nothing …and so on…and so on. So people you get what you want.

        • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 7:10 am

          The term “nothing” should not be used. It’s not their job to participate in community. They are busy & occupied running a business, then they have personal lives after hours. I will say the local md’s, dentist, eye doctor, and vet, are good folks & pro’s.

        • Anonymous on November 2, 2020 at 7:12 am

          I think I know who the person is that does nothing in the community…

        • Anonymous on November 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm

          A lot of businesses including my own go out of our way to help out with community. I notice many people who could support local businesses in town will go out of their way to support them in Swansea, O’Fallon, Belleville etc even though our town has the same service or business.

        • Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 7:09 am

          So what’s the problem? Seems to me Mascoutah does offer the basics because you listed them. A grocery store, restaurants, gas stations, medical, dental, optical, a hardware store, a veterinarian, I could go on. We have just over 8,000 people. How big of a grocery store do you think we need? How many restaurants is enough for you? To say we don’t have the basics is lame. I shop at Tom’s, WalMart, Dollar Store, the commissary on base, Fresh Thyme, Target,and sometimes even Dierbergs (though they are a bit expensive). Depends on what I’m shopping for. Not every store has everything or every brand. Sometimes it’s Ace Hardware and sometimes it’s Lowe’s. And what exactly is it you expect all the businesses to do for the community?

        • Anonymous on November 9, 2020 at 10:54 am

          Make sure when you’re pointing a finger that you have correct information. Many business support this community as we are always ask to make donations to dinner auctions,sponsor golf tournaments, by ads in school booklets and programs and the list goes on. Many businesses help support the food pantry and many belong to the chamber of commerce that sponsor different events in the city, give out scholarships and help to promote business in Mascoutah So check out things before you er is er Is not filthy rich. So before ya criticize something you have no clue about. Do you even have any idea what it takes to run a business??? Everything in the cash register is not yours so people need to get rid of the idea that people who own a business are rich
          Also to the person so worried about what goes on in his neighbors yard should mind his -her own business. What someone does in their home or yard is none of your concern. If you’re so worried about covid ,crawl in your bubble and don’t come out

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Amazon is here to stay. Get real. Open your eyes. Their in every town, every subdivision. Ever heard of convenience, prices, & the century we live in?

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm

        Amazon will go away just as every iconic business has over time. It is inevitable. It may be one, two, or three generations from now but it will happen.

        • Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 7:14 am

          I don’t think Amazon will ever go away. I think eventually it will become much less popular. And once all of the malls close, people will complain that they have to do all of their shopping online and will wish they had a brick and mortar store to visit.

  36. Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Halloween will be REALLY different this year. Remember in the past when signs would be placed on convenience store door’s saying “No masks allowed.” Now you can’t enter without a mask!!! Talk about a crazy, mixed up universe.

  37. Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Where are all the outraged good-hearted citizens right now? A priest was removed from the ministry in Damiansville and Albers because of “alleged” sexual misconduct with a child and nothing is being said. You don’t hesitate to crucify the mayor and city manager when it comes to cold hard cash, but this? Nothing but silence. Religious, church going people can kiss my sinful backside.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      I personally knew three priests who were removed from parishes back in the early to mid 1990’s. I left the Catholic Church at that time and never came back. I took a stand for what I believed in and have never regretted my decision. My Catholic Church going friends to this day continue to support the church which is their decision and I respect it. What I fail to understand is where is the outrage? I guess since the child is not one of their own it is deemed okay? If this “alleged” individual was a school teacher or coach would the parish be so quick to turn a blind eye? I would highly doubt it. When I asked the parish what amount of money was being paid to “victims” by our parish to the Diocese, I was met with harsh criticism. At that moment, the tea leaves spoke quite loudly for me and I never looked back. It is quite sickening to me as an individual we do not have more outrage. Thank you.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      I’ll pray for you.

  38. Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I have been reading online that there are a few restaurants in the area that will stay open and not follow the closure of inside dinning. I understand that small business need to have revenue to remain in business. And me and my family have tried hard to eat out once a week from a local restaurant, making sure to try to hit them all here in town. I will say that i do not agree with them not following the orders from the Governor. So any restaurant that feels it ok to place themselves, their employees, their community in danger will lose my business. It will not be a temporary loss, I will refuse to ever patronize them again. Sure it might only be $50 – $100 a month from me that they are losing, but if enough people do it, they might get the point. I am the first person to promote SHOP MASCOUTAH, we purchase appliances from Sax’s, we get lumber from Aviston, home improvement from Ace and groceries from Tom’s.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      May I ask you a question in regards to individual businesses defying the order of the Governor? Do you speed? Do you text and drive? Do you talk on your cell phone while driving? Do you come to a completed stop at all stop signs? Do you drive impaired? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are part of the problem as well. You are putting lives at risk also. I would make the assertion you should never drive again based upon your disregard to written laws. The lives you are putting at risk are those of the community, first responders, fire fighters, police, etc. Why is it okay for you to put lives at risk? I hope you are able to respond to my questions. Thank you.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      You have now gotten my ear and I have a second post. What scientific evidence do you have or the Governor an individual has a better chance of getting Covid-19 in a restaurant or bar than any other business? I would be happy to here your insights. Thank you.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I’m confused by your post. So you do or don’t patronize businesses that you feel are putting their employees and customers at risk by not wearing masks? I only ask because two of the businesses you listed do exactly that. I never see any employee at Sax’s or Ace Hardware wear masks. I have had 2 employees at Sax tell me they don’t have to because it’s a family owned business. Personally, I don’t care if they do or not. They are behind a big sheet of plexiglass and that’s fine with me. I wear my mask in all places and I won’t stop patronizing a business because the employee behind the plexiglass isn’t wearing one. Maybe you won’t get COVID from the person behind the plexiglass. Maybe the change they hand you is contaminated. Maybe the door handle you grab on the way out of a business is contaminated.

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:55 am

        I say NO to the Governor and his closing stores. Who says he can pick and choose who says open and who closes. Restaurants have to close but Walmart and grocery stores can stay open. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to close either, but I don’t think people elected him to make these types of decisions. He’s not God. Let the public make up their own minds wether they should go out to dinner or not. Gov. Pritzker, stay out of our business. It’s our choice not yours.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Good thing you don’t own a business, otherwise you would not comment on them not staying open, we don’t need your money or comments, just stay away and shop elsewhere, we don’t care what you think A**HOLE

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm

        Wow. I assume your not very successful at business if your telling people to not patronize your location. Most businesses work to expand their customer base and to grow. But I also notice you didn’t identify which business you own. I guess you really do need and want our money.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      You may want to refrain from Tom’s grocery store here in Mascoutah. The Store Manager threw a Super spreader event at his house this past week. More than 35+ people, from my count as I was passing by his house. I saw two people in masks. The rest were unmasked, and there was no social distancing. Why would someone like that- a person who is around our senior citizens daily- do something that reckless and dis-respectful ?? I definitely won’t be shopping there. Oh, and his wife is in the public school system. Nice decision. Maybe they thought no one would notice. Wonder why we continue to have a “WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC” !!

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 5:07 am

        Did you stop by his house & talk to him? Did u call the cops? Or just whine on here, and bad mouth and slander, a tremendous individual? Also……so, while you were driving a vehicle in motion, in a subdivision with a lot of children that play outside, you were looking away from road, counting?

        • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 1:49 pm

          I’m thinking a disgruntled 16 year old employee who doesn’t have a clue to the real world wrote this

          • Anonymous on November 3, 2020 at 7:19 am

            I’m thinking a disgruntled neighbor that wasn’t invited.

        • Anonymous on November 1, 2020 at 5:59 pm

          No, I was not driving. I was a neighbor , walking my dog, and I stood on the “across the street” neighbor’s sidewalk. And Counted. Twice. Coming and going. Slander- would mean it wasn’t true. And you can ask any of his neighborhood neighbors. WE ALL SAW IT. Tremendous- because he pretends to wear his mask at his store, and then throws a Covid Spreader without any masks?? Thanks for protecting the older people that was there. And the ones that actually come to your store. You all keep white-trash, red-neck, un-educated republican view, and I’ll continue to wear my mask, pursue more degrees, make lots more money and stay away from people like you.

          • Anonymous on November 1, 2020 at 9:09 pm

            Wow. Now that I see your follow-up post, I’m thinking you’re on to something. You clearly have an insight that the average person can’t fathom. You were able to ascertain that anyone who disagrees with you is not only Republican but, also a redneck and uneducated. Actually, no wait, you’re not right at all….put your mask back on while you’re walking your dog and maybe count three times next time you’re snooping into people’s lives with which you have no business.

          • Anonymous on November 2, 2020 at 6:59 am

            Weird. Degrees? Money? Ok bud.

          • Anonymous on November 2, 2020 at 8:11 am

            As a hot-shot cub reporter for the community, you should have been carrying your Clark Kent/Lois Lane notepad and camera. I hope the neighbors are reading this so they can keep their blinds closed at night. No telling what other shenanigans are going on in town. Maybe someone’s husband sleeps in the nude. Gasp!!! I’m shocked!! Bottom line…mind your own damn business.

        • Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 11:46 pm

          Is that the point here??

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 1:24 pm

        You said everything I needed to hear with the term “super spreader event”. Get a life, go back to your basement and flip on CNN and leave that wonderful family out of your tabloids.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 1:33 pm

        If you don’t like it, don’t watch. No one asked for your unprofessional medical opinion and Lord knows that no one cares. Leave them alone, Karen/Ken. Go back to your boring, totally uninteresting existance.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2020 at 3:51 pm

        here’s an idea,put on your mask and go take a cold shower then drive around to other houses and see how many more people’s private lives you can complain about

      • Anonymous on November 2, 2020 at 7:19 am

        Hmmmm, 35 people “outside” in a upscale subdivision vs 1000’s at Walmart or even at SAFB.
        I’ll take my chances at Mike’s anyday.

  39. Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I have heard two rumors that I find disturbing (I say rumors because I’m not sure they are true). First, I heard the athletics department at the high school in Mascoutah has been telling athletes that they have to place stickers/labels on their equipment to show support for BLM or they don’t play. Second, I hear one teacher at the high school is giving “quizzes “ to determine if a student is a republican or democrat. Supposedly the “quizzes “ ask questions such as whether they support gun rights, abortion, freedom of religion, etc. I hope the school is not doing any of the above. If they are, then I know a lawyer that needs some quick cash.

  40. Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Why can’t the Governor leave us alone? If we get the virus, then we get it. It’s just like the flu. Businesses were not closed because of the flu last year. This is ridiculous. Governor Pritzker, please go and do whatever you were planning to do before this virus took over our hourly existence. JUST LEAVE US ALONE! Whatever happens, happens!!!!

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      I’m seeing more and more area restaurants and bars posting on Facebook that they will be staying open for inside service. I plan to wear a mask, follow guidelines and patronize as many as I can. You don’t read anything in the news anymore about BLM or protests….it’s all Covid Covid Covid. They’re really trying to play it to the hilt before the elections.

    • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 7:31 am


      • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 9:04 am

        Good for you. Every right-thinking person should applaud your decision to take your business elsewhere if you don’t feel comfortable. That’s why the market should decide mask restrictions and other ‘resurgence mitigations’, not a bureaucrat acting without a legislative mandate.

        • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 11:01 am

          I feel about COVID the same way I feel about seatbelts. I’m an adult. I can decide if I should patronize a restaurant. If I’m worried, I stay home. If I’m not, then I’ll go. Same as a seatbelt. I’m an adult and should have the right to decide if I want to wear one. I don’t need a babysitter.

          • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

            But the seatbelt is designed to save your life. The main purpose of the mask (other than reducing your risk of getting COVID) is to reduce the chance of spreading it to others if you have it and don’t know it.

          • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 12:29 pm

            Illinois State Trooper told my family after a severe car wreck many years ago that if I was wearing a seat belt, I wouldn’t of made it.

        • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

          Stick the mask up your you know what, its a free world, and a person can do what they want. You want to wear a mask go ahead, but stay out of other peoples business.

          • Anonymous on November 4, 2020 at 5:52 pm

            When your actions affect others (refusing to wear a mask for public safety) then it becomes others’ business.

  41. Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Was awesome seeing the ballfields in use this weekend. A great showcase of our community and glad the city allowed the tournament. Great job by those who set the fields up

  42. Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 7:43 am

    New Baden’s mayor & alderman meeting discussed that
    large tacky sign on their Main Street in detail. The previous meetings main topic, was basketball hoops in the street. What a bunch of pathetic paid elected officials & government employees. Sad. While other towns & city’s are focusing on revenue, businesses, parks, infrastructure improvements, and urban planning, these folks concentrate their efforts on cockamamie Mickey Mouse items. That Mayor needs to go. The two workers at Village Hall need to go too. Lazy. Disturbing. Weak.

    • Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 11:27 am

      The mayor has already announced that she will not be running for office in April so cool your jets.

    • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I think that’s one of the best signs I’ve ever seen!

  43. Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Why was one of those big City of mascoutah trucks with a lift on it, adjusting a flagpole for a private sector business? Will they come help mine at my house? Or maybe get the ball off my roof? Surely they have more pressing matters to work on?

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      You don’t believe in helping someone out?

      • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 5:39 am

        mascoutah sure would keep Elliot Davis / “You paid for it” busy with several stories.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Absurd & ludicrous if true. I need help hanging my Xmas lights & trimming some tall dead trees. How do I schedule them them to come out……Only fair.

  44. Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Pritzker will no doubt try to close area bars and restaurants again due to Covid. Business owners, you have a choice to make. Stay open and try to survive till Spring, or follow a closure mandate government has no authority to enforce and continue to struggle and possibly close your doors for good. A mandate is not a law. I heard this morning that Rockford area businesses have no intention of closing inside services again with Fall and cooler weather now an issue. Our governors response? he will order the Illinois State Police to patrol and issue fines. Well guess what? The fines do not have substance and will never have to be paid. Monroe County courts recently threw out a case against Washy’s bar and grill in Waterloo because there are no laws allowing the Governor to close/restrict inside access to a business. A legal precedent has been in Illinois. Even during a pandemic, government authority is limited, and Pritzker has used his up. Mascoutah bars/restaurants – PLEASE stay open regardless of what our governor commands. Follow CDC approved guidelines (they’ve been a little relaxed lately), require masks when not eating, drinking, or leaving your seat and do your best to maintain social distancing. You WILL be supported.

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Although I totally agree with you, who will pay the business owner’s fines when they are issued? What happens when their business license or liquor license gets yanked? I agree with you unfortunately the business owners are in a no win situation.

      • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm

        The way it sounds, our businesses might have to make a decision by Monday. Our region is at 8%. The way I understand it is if we get 8% two more days in a row, he will shut us down again.

        • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 2:05 pm

          People don’t care if their covid tests come back positive. They are only doing it to get a free 2 week vacation with pay. Don’t test, then the numbers will drop.

      • Anonymous on October 25, 2020 at 9:50 am

        I think if everyone stands together against the shut down they can’t do anything about it. The fines are illegal and don’t have to be paid. The Washy’s in Waterloo had their case/fine thrown out of court. These businesses face shut down anyway, so why not go down swinging. What’s the fat little pumpkin head gonna do? pull the licenses from every place in the region? People will not stand for that. He’s be committing political suicide.

  45. Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 8:50 am

    To any of the 35 million people who have already cast your vote for President without actually knowing Biden’s stance on key issues, I hope you don’t regret your choice. If the bad orange man isn’t elected for a 2nd term, prepare yourself for a repeal in the Trump tax cut (everyone with a job will see that impact) and kiss lower gas prices goodbye. Joe Biden will cripple the middle class already devastated by a disease that couldn’t have been stopped by any President, current, previous or future. Allowing Washington to go back to the ‘status quo’ will only let the swamp get deeper. Like the guy or hate the guy, Donald Trump has disrupted the pipeline of money flowing into the pockets of career politicians on both sides of the fence, and they can’t wait for the faucet to be turned back on. Joe Biden (47 years in office) is one of those people. My prediction, all the laptop evidence against Hunter Biden and his corrupt father are true. Within 1-2 years, impeachment of Biden (if he’s elected) will take place and he will be removed from office. Harris will become our nations first female President of any color. Which is what the ultimate goal has been from the start.

  46. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    My family and I live in a nice subdivision. We pay for an HOA. They don’t hesitate to point out anything to homeowners they feel is not suitable to represent our neighborhood. No campers, boats, mold on siding, political signs, no sheds that are too big or too small and/or not made of specified material…….I could go on and on. How is it that there is a home already decorated for CHRISTMAS??? Yes…..you are reading this right….Christmas. Lights and wreaths! They have been up since the beginning of October. This is okay?? I wonder how long I can leave my Halloween decorations up before I receive a nasty letter in the mail telling me to take them down or get a fine.

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 6:34 am

      My family owned a home in Carbondale that was part of a HOA. Our dream home became a nightmare. It was like living in a police state. Never ever ever ever again will I fall for that. When we moved to Mascoutah, not being part of a HOA was the first thing on our list when we talked to realtors.

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      I too will never live in a place that has a HOA. Talk about tyrants.

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      So what is the big deal? It’s been a crazy year. Maybe it makes them feel better.

      • Anonymous on October 24, 2020 at 10:31 am

        I know what a HOA is but I’ve never lived in a subdivision that had one. If you are fined, where does the money go? Is it used for something specific?

        • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm

          Since no one answered my question, should I assume that you don’t know where the money goes?

    • Anonymous on October 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      I wish my subdivision had an HOA. I live in a newer subdivision with homes costing north of $240,000. I do not expect my neighbors to groom their lawns like a golf course; it would be an unreasonable expectation. But, I do not expect my neighbors to “permanently store” utility trailers, campers, boats, or motorhomes in their driveway, front yard, or on the street. An HOA certainly would address these eyesores on my behalf. Better yet, Mascoutah City leadership should address these city code violations for me, a taxpayer. I note the city code includes regulation on holiday lights. Perhaps, the City, will address both of our concerns.

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Usually neighborhoods with HOAs are nicer than comparable neighborhoods without HOAs. Since you stated you live in a “nice” subdivision, what are you whining about? Don’t like having an HOA? Then move!

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      If you have an issue with your HOA seems you should address it with them… why are you addressing it in this forum? Also, complaining about some lights and a wreath seems extremely petty. Some may have an issue with your decorating style as well.

  47. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Anybody else notice the last two covers of the Herald where non-City workers, are doing work on City-owned property? Now don’t get me wrong, great gestures, great volunteers & generous, and I understand it has been happening a long time, and helps make what Mascoutah is. I get it.

    However, my two arguments & first things that come to mind….major big time legal liability upon the City/tax payers, and two, with all the cash in the bank, plethora of city laborers & equipment, per the annual financial report, why isn’t “the city” executing more of these projects themselves?

    • Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      So you’re upset that volunteers are kind enough to work on projects which allows city employees to work on other things? Is there ANYTHING that makes you happy?

      • Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

        You mean, “not work” on other things.
        I totally agree with original post.
        Border line malfeasance & Ignorantia juris non excusat.

      • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 5:58 am

        City employees are the laziest people around, all they do is ride around town in company vehicles, you never see them doing any work. Its a shame they have been like that forever, Mascoutah officials are a bunch of lazy a** people. Look at the police force, why does Mascoutah need so many cop cars, all they do is sit at city hall and collect dust. Over paid police officers in town like to think there in a major city, that would be one of the easiest jobs to have. Not much crime in Mascoutah.

        • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 8:28 am

          You people never cease to amaze me. Constant complaining about things you “believe to be true”. I for one, see the city workers doing work all the time. And, don’t even go do down the road of ragging on the police. Our police force is made up of the most professional and dedicated public servants. To allege that they are overpaid simply because there isn’t “much crime” is the most innane comment I’ve read on here. And, that’s saying something. If you don’t like it, I know a great realtor who can list your house.

          • Anonymous on October 25, 2020 at 1:33 am

            I agree 100 percent!

          • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 8:11 am

            I think your just another idiot that is probably related to someone that works for the City. You just don’t have a clue who your talking to. I know every City employee, they tell me all the time how they get by without have to do anything or any work. They think it is funny, so why would you stick up for anything to do with city government. All a bunch of overpaid ass****s, and as far as a relator, I know a real good one also. So piss off

        • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 8:43 am

          In the Herald this week, it was reported that the Public Works Department completed 597 work orders in September. Since Labor Day is a national holiday, that means they worked 21 days. In those 21 days, they completed 28 work orders. This doesn’t count anything that comes up after hours, such as emergency electric problems or storms that cause problems. And you have the audacity to say they are lazy? Let’s see you get a job with the city and do what they do, all the while taking crap from residents.
          And furthermore, when someone breaks into your house in the middle of the night, guess who will be flying there to save your disrespectful, worthless a**? Please do society a favor, and grab a cave to live in.

          • Anonymous on October 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

            some workers are good, some are not, good vs bad apples

          • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 8:13 am

            You are just as stupid as the person that wrote good things about Mascoutah, PISS ON THE CITY WORKERS

          • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm

            To the person that said they know all of the city workers and they tell him all the time that they don’t do any work and then refers to them as overpaid ass****s, then post their names . I assume you have proof that they don’t work. I find it odd that you claim to talk to all of them and then refer to them as ass****s.

          • Anonymous on October 26, 2020 at 10:02 pm

            Well said! I’ll ignore all of the grammatical errors in the comment by the person who spoke profanity about the city employees but, it’s worth saying that you people come and go. I can only assume that you, upon further reflection, agree with me about the police, so at least we agree on that. Folks like you always claim to know everyone and everything. And, you’re (catch that…not your…the teachers in Mascoutah do a fine job, as well) never happy with anything. I’m not going to challenge you over who knows a Realtor because, honestly, they’re probably the same ones. However, I will challenge you to put your money where your mouth is and run for council to make a difference, if you feel so slighted by the system.

  48. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Has anyone heard if there has been a rise in Covid cases since school has started?

  49. Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    To the person who’s dumping their kitchen garbage in the drainage east of 10th street. Please stop. You have a trash can at your house. Use it.

  50. Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    I have peace only in the comfort of my belief that most people, in this experimental country of America, want God back in the center of the family; in heterosexual marriages; in the schools with our children; in our communities; and in our legal institutions; and even back in sports (although Sunday should not be game day).
    We’ve lived here WITH HIM and without Him. Is it not obvious that the major decline in our values and morals began, escalated, and now have nearly consumed us in proportion to our exclusion of recognition that this is God’s country?!? Satan’s world, but a little piece of heaven which people have given their life in their attempt to become a part of it. It’s still His…and all we have to do is follow His will, and not ours. It will again be beautiful, although never perfect.

    • Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      I love how you lumped sports into family, marriages, schools, and communities. I thought it was cute. Anyway..I am in total agreement that you should find comfort in your own beliefs. So here are two of mine: I don’t want God in my child’s school. If I want to teach her about God, I will take her to the church of my choosing. And I am a man who finds love and comfort in the arms of my husband. I respect your beliefs. I hope you will respect mine.

      • Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 3:14 pm

        Why do you find it necessary to tell everyone you are gay? If you are happy, then so be it. I am a woman married to a great man who I find comfort in, but I don’t go around telling everyone. You use “gay” like a status symbol.

  51. Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 11:58 am

    European countries are reporting a rise in COVID cases. They are taking measures to close some businesses until numbers drop. My question? Why do I find myself believing their governments but not ours?

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Because you have a good sense of self preservation?

    • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Why do you find yourself believing the European government? Our government reports rises in COVID every day. As far as taking steps to close businesses, I assume our government doesn’t force it because everybody screams dictatorship. Our government believes in letting businesses take some responsibility in how they protect employees and customers. Maybe our government should start taking measures to forcefully close businesses. Would you then trust our government?

      • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm

        This isn’t about “forcing” anything. This is about truth. You have 1/3 of the politicians telling you COVID is real, 1/3 telling you just forget about it, it’s no big deal, and the last 1/3 that don’t seem to have a clue what we should be doing. Maybe if they would all get together, set politics aside for a day, and decide what the truth is about COVID and how to handle it, I would believe them.

    • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Because our great president had told over 20,000 varifiable lies and untruths since taking office.

      • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:48 pm

        As compared to what president that hasn’t lied? Can’t think of any can you Gilligan? But you are correct…he is a great president. DJT 2020

        • Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 9:39 am

          So we should re-elect Trump simply because he has lied less than other president? Nice moral compass you have there, Skippy.

          • Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 4:13 pm

            Gilligan, you obviously have a reading comprehension problem, so let very simply explain my first post. I was simply stating that Trump isn’t the only president, or politician that has lied. They all do. You won’t find a president that hasn’t lied at some point. And I definitely never said anyone should vote for Trump because he has lied less than other presidents. In fact? I never said that he has lied less or more than any other president.

          • Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

            Ginger or Mary Ann? Come on guys, stay focused here.

          • Anonymous on October 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

            I want to be the Professor!

  52. Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Is it true that over 50 students in the school district have COVID or have been exposed to COVID? I’m not sure if this is a rumor or true.

    • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      I have not anything. I do hope the school district keeps us in the loop.

    • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      As of October 16th: 1 school staff member with coronavirus; 1 staff member quarantined due to outside exposure (so he/she teaching remotely ). Students: 10 quarantined for positive results; 51 quarantined due to exposure; 26 quarantined for potential positive.

  53. Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I’ve seen this a thousand times but for some reason this time it struck me as so funny. A couple was walking their dog on Harnett and the man was carrying a plastic bag of dog poop. We see him as a responsible dog owner. But I tried to imagine explaining to my grandmother, who passed away many years ago, why someone would carry dog poop. If it were possible, I would loved to have seen the look on her face.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 10:11 am

      My grandparents lived in St. Louis and had TV channels 2, 4, 5, and 11 only. Could you imagine explaining cable, netflix, shows on the Internet, etc etc to them now???

      • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 10:51 am

        Imagine explaining to them that children go to school in the living room.

  54. Anonymous on October 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I can’t believe people are so clueless as to believe Illinois is going to force millionaires and billionaires to pay more taxes. Think about it…if I am a governor and a billionaire, why would I create a law to force myself to pay more taxes? I wouldn’t. It’s a scam. All they are trying to do is to create a graduated tax system with different tiers of taxes. Nothing will stop them from increasing the rate of each tier. If the lowest tier is taxed at 7% now (just an example) what’s to stop them from raising it every year by 1/2 of a percent? Millionaires do pay much more in taxes (when they pay taxes versus using loopholes to avoid them). If the tax rate is 7% and you make $75,000.00, you’d pay $5,250 in taxes . If you make $1,000,000.00, at the same rate you’d pay $70,000.00 . So how is the millionaire not paying their fair share? If they aren’t, it’s because of the legal loopholes they use, not the tax rate. If the governor wants the wealthy to pay more, then change or abolish the tax loopholes. Want the governor wants to do is the same as saying obese people should pay more for food since they eat more.

    • Anonymous on October 17, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      I can’t believe your so clueless as to believe they will not find a way to tax us even if it is voted down. They want money. We have money. They’ll find a way to get our money. It has always been like that and always will. Vote for it or not. IT. WILL. NOT. MATTER.

  55. Anonymous on October 17, 2020 at 9:28 am

    A republican senator mispronounced Kamala Harris’ first name and the liberal media labels him a racist for doing so. Walter “Joe” Biden also mispronounced her name on the same day and nothing but crickets from the same media. Walter even pronounced her name incorrectly the day he announced her as his running mate and yet the crickets on the left never labeled him a racist. DJT 2020.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      The senator did it multiple times in a row during his speech and made a point of making sure people knew he was mispronouncing he name. He was making a racist statement out of it, in an inferred way. Others mispronounce her name on passing, not in repetition.

      • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:07 am

        What’s your excuse for Walter Biden also doing the same thing multiple times? Did the senator actually say “hey, I’m making a racial statement by mispronouncing her name”? You must be part of the same group that wants to tear down all the Lincoln statues and change the name of all the schools named after him.

        • Anonymous on October 21, 2020 at 11:53 pm

          So, the media is biased?! Color me shocked. Wait, can I say “color”?

  56. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Well, the National Liberal News media has once again shifted gears. No more rioting, no more looting, no more BLM, no more CHOP/CHAZ or ANTIFA…..guess groundhog Joe told his news crew to lay off because the polls showed people were tired of it. All is back to normal….COVID is the fault of the bad orange man and we’re all going to die before Christmas. Hospital beds nearing capacity…….truly laughable.

    • Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Joe Biden’s real first name is Walter.

      • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 6:27 pm

        His name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
        Go to school, learn how to look things up before you speak/post

        • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:10 am

          No it’s Walter and he works for Jeff Dunham, the ventriloquist. Look at the dummy Walter. Looks like Biden.

        • Anonymous on October 19, 2020 at 7:38 am

          Before you tell someone to go school, maybe you should ask why the person posting that Biden’s name is Walter is why he/she said so. I remember a few years back, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham had a dummy named Walter. There was even pictures circulating comparing the resemblance of Walter and Joe Biden. Maybe the person was being funny when saying Biden’s name is Walter.

  57. Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 10:42 am

    So what is the big deal about the sign in New Baden? It says no more bullsh#t. Big deal. People say that word all the time.

    • Anonymous on October 16, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      I was in NB today and finally saw that sign. Wow! That thing is huge! No wonder everyone is talking about it. It kind of hits u in the face.

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