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  1. Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I was up at city hall and was wondering about the new wall. Are they so paranoid about someone entering the place with a gun that they have to build a wall? I know our electric bills are high but i don’t think they are that high that someone would want to shoot them. Seems like an expensive thing that is totally unnecessary. But then, im not the one sending out the electric bills.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      If we ever get invaded by zombies, at least we’ll know where to go to be safe.

    • Anonymous on September 19, 2020 at 10:16 am

      Agreed. Maybe they should just have the city employees work from home and residents can just go by the employees’ houses to pay their bills, etc. I mean, the city hall building is an expensive building to maintain and keep up. Seems unnecessary to pay utilities and maintenance on the city hall building when there’s another way to do it.

  2. Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 9:29 am

    For what we pay in monthly Electric Water & Sewer, (expensive) we should have a state of the art payment website, not some dinosauric late 90’s early 00’s one. Time to upgrade. Time for City Council to pressure city staff to execute. Time for those city hall workers to do more than the bare minimum.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

      My husband complains about it every month. I keep telling him to mail in the payment, but I think he enjoys just complaing.

      • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 11:37 am

        Why mail it in? Just do the electronic payment on the city website. I’ve been doing so with all of my bills for over three years and haven’t had a problem with any payment.

        • Anonymous on September 19, 2020 at 10:17 am

          Same here. Not that difficult to navigate the payment site. If it’s so difficult to figure out every month, there’s a button one can click to auto pay every month. Good grief.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 11:33 am

      The current payment website works fine for me. Not sure why you consider it “dinosauric”. Why do people like you want to constantly belittle city workers and say they do the bare minimum? Do you know that for a fact? Do you follow each one of them around daily to see what they do?

      • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 12:16 pm

        Sounds like another City worker posting on the herald sound off. I wonder if they did so on their break or lunch? Or on my dime?

        • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 2:19 pm

          No, I’m not a city employee. Just someone thats pointing out that seems like people want to complain a lot about them.

      • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 12:22 pm

        I agree, it’s totally 1990’s. 2 login clicks. Circling & spinning on page when processing. Past bill breakdowns not the easiest to maneuver.

        • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm

          It is perfect just the way it is.

          • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 2:41 pm

            I think I remember seeing they (we) had multiple millions in the Electric bank/budget line/cash money. Not 1 or 2, but like $7M or $9M. I think…..Why? Spend some on a new payment website or give back to customers of more than 2 years in city. If there really is $7,000,000 cash, they need to help the people! Spend some! Refund/credit some!

  3. Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I wonder what would happen if every bar and restaurant in Region 4 opened for business despite what the Governor ordered? Could the county go to each and every place and shut them down? Could the county take that kind of financial hit? Could the county prosecutor or health department have that kind of time to do it? If a person was afraid of COVID, then they would not go in the business. But if they were not afraid, then they go in, enjoy a meal, and go home. How possible is this idea? What would be the pros and cons?

    • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      I think there are too many cowards that would NOT try it. But the pros would be that business owners would be able to financially stay open. The cons would be people yelling about COVID. I am all for trying this idea. If they get fined, we could start a go-fund-me account for them.

      • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 2:38 pm

        I can’t help but question the positive numbers on COVID. It doesn’t make sense. Every day they release a COVID report, and every day it says that people in 80s or 90s are positive. So if they are not going to bars and restaurants, where are they getting it?

      • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm

        I will do it if everyone else does. I don’t want to be the only one fined or have Public Health on my doorstep.

        • Anonymous on September 19, 2020 at 7:23 pm

          Several in Waterloo and Columbia are open

  4. Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Not that I think anyone cares, but do you know what I find the most frustrating about the Mascoutah Library? No one in that library listens to you. I understand they need to take precautions about covid but they have went way beyond reason. Unfortunately it is a public entity. In a regular busiiness, if you didn’t care for the way things we’re done, you would just thank them, and start going to another business. If you didn’t like this grocery store, then you go to another. If you don’t like a retailer, then you go to another, etc etc. But here you don’t have a choice or a say-so and you have to continue paying taxes on it. You can’t even contact the Library Board Officers and Trustees because the library’s website has not been updated. I guess I just wish someone would at least pretend to listen.

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 10:57 am

      I may not agree with you regarding the operation of the library, but I understand what you are saying. Choices have been taken away and there is no recourse but to bend to the rules.

      • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 11:07 am

        You can’t fight city hall, or apparently the library. A taxpayer has no say so anymore regardless of what elected officials tell you.

    • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      I call BS on this. Have you tried calling the library? They’re open–you just have to make an appointment and wear a mask. I was just on the website, and the board info is on there.

      • Anonymous on September 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

        I understand about making an appointment. I just don’t see where it is necessary. The library should be open as always. The trustee info on the website is wrong. For example is says: Wayne Wilhelm, term expires 2017. That’s just one of several that is incorrect.

        • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 8:30 am

          Have you tried contacting them or do you just want to complain about it? They are not barring you from coming in. I don’t understand what exactly your problem is.

        • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

          As far as the comment, “The library should be open as always.” EVERYONE is operating under different circumstances/guidelines right now. The school, city hall, library, senior center, civic center, etc. are all partially funded by tax payer monies, and yet they are all having to adapt their operations because of current guidelines. Just because they are tax-based doesn’t mean that tax payers can dictate how those institutions operate. Can you demand that the school open fully and allow all students to attend without any regard to the current situation? How about city hall–who cares that there was a covid incident there, right? How about the Senior Center–can you demand that all the seniors be allowed to gather to eat as usual? Whether you or anyone else likes it or not (I realize that most of us want things back to normal!) things are not running as usual. As much as the term “a new normal” is being overused, that is where we are. The best advice I can give is to be grateful that the Library, City Hall, the Schools, the Senior Center, the Leu, and all of Mascoutah’s tax funded institutions are still offering services to the best of their abilities.

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

      I don’t know what you all are fussing about, I am from Belleville and our library is closed, we only have curb side pick up. And yes I pay taxes too.

      • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 9:49 am

        I guess we do have it better than you. I still don’t understand the closure of a library regardless of what City. There are just a few people that come in at a time…it’s not Walmart, Target, etc. But I’ve realized that I can’t get anyone to understand what I’m saying or asking, so I will bow out of the debate. Thank you anyway.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 9:46 am

      There is still an active email for you to email the board. They still receive those. And honestly, those staff members have a right to protect themselves. No one is cutting off your access to those materials or your ability to go in. It is just asking you to make an appointment so they can control the number of people in there at one time and gives them ample opportunity to clean it for your protection. You have no idea how disgusting the public is until you have to clean up after them.

  5. Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    To the lady that called me “Creepy” for flying a $50 drone at the preserve: U R

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      No idea why flying a drone at the preserve would be considered ‘creepy’. It’s not like you were hovering around the bathrooms out there…… or were you??? lol [Sarc]

  6. Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Am I the only one that’s confused. As I’m nearing my 90th birthday, I feel like the world is upside down.
    During my younger years, I was told that you have to be more positive to be successful. With that advice, I always tried to be positive and forget about the negative.
    Now the confusing part. Last week, the doctor thought that I might have the virus and so they tested me. A couple of days later, the doctor said I was negative. My relatives and friends were thrilled about the negative results.
    Now does that mean that for old people, that negative is NOW in, and positive for old people is NOW out? Just thinking.

  7. Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 10:18 am

    According to Fox 2 news this morning, a teenage girl (15) became the 194th homicide in St Louis. The young girl was a minority as were over 95% of the remaining 193 lives lost so far in 2020. Where is the outrage from the virtue signalling newly ‘woke folk’. You post BLM, anti-Orange man and solid black photo’s on your Facebook feeds, why am I not seeing anything from you now? Where are the organized ‘mostly peaceful’ BLM protests marching the streets of St Louis calling for the end to black on black violence? Crickets Where is Rev. Al? Crickets Why isn’t Lebron James using some of his $480 million trying to make a difference rather than stoking the false narrative hurting a country that allowed him to succeed playing a sport. Crickets. Where are ANY of the national media followed hypocrites condemning the true issues affecting minority communities……yep, you guessed it……Crickets.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Think it should be sblm,some black lives matter,your post is 100%correct

  8. Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I haven’t had a haircut since the COVID thing started so now I can finally have some dreadlocks.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 9:49 am

      You can only wear dreadlocks if you’re of the right ethnic origin. Don’t be one of ‘those’ people who appropriate the culture of others just because you like the style……..ya know, I think I was a lot happier before I became ‘woke’.

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

        He was just joking around.

        • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 10:23 am

          Pretty sure both the original post and the response were sarcasm. That’s the way I took it anyway. lol

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 1:26 pm

        If you’re talking about appropriating African culture, dreadlocks are a black Caribbean thing. Dreadlocks are not an African thing. The Jews had dreadlocks before the black Caribbean’s. BTW, isn’t long straight hair a European thing? Same with blonde hair or red hair or green or blue eyes? Yet most black women want to have blonde or red hair, or long straight hair. Now they wear contacts to give themselves blue or green eyes. Nobody calls them out for cultural appropriation. I guess people are scared of them. Ever been anywhere In Africa? The natural hair of Africans is short, it’s not braided or dreadlocked, or long and blonde. Or long and straight. People only scream cultural appropriation when the “perpetrator “ is white. And it’s usually the white people that are ashamed of their own color that do it. Look at most black actresses. They try so hard to look like a part of the same race that they hate so much.

  9. Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Just wondering: People want to protest and tell us that black lives matter. My question is do they really believe that? I ask because this past weekend there were 53 shootings in Chicago, 10 of which were fatal. It has become a nightly occurrence in this country for blacks to be killing each other, yet I don’t see BLM protesting all the massive amount of black on black crime and killing. Nor do they protest the large number of blacks that kill black lives thru abortion. BLM seems to crawl out from under the woodwork only when a cop commits a shooting. So I ask do black lives really matter? Apparently not as much as BLM would have you believe.

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      I’m still trying to understand why you can say “Black Lives Matter” but when you say “All Lives Matter” it is frowned upon. I sincerely don’t understand the difference.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      My opinion is the hypocrisy continues with Officer Tamarris Bohannon who was gunned down by a white assailant two weeks ago. Where was the protest for Mr. Bohannon who was just doing his job? A family man who was 43 years old gunned down responding to a call for help with a fellow officer. Where was the Reverend Al Sharpton? Where was Joe Biden and the entourage? I saw each of them at the funeral for Mr Floyd, why not Mr Bohannon? Where was the National Press Coverage? Where was the National Media televising Mr Bohannon’s funeral? The narrative was not the correct one which gets the most bang for the buck. How sad?

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      The other shootings and killings do not meet the agenda of THE BLM movement.

  10. Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 11:47 am

    I read in the Herald and then saw one of those thermometer signs where people are trying to save the Leu Civic Center. I must be one of the few that disagree with this decision. I believe their hearts are in the right place, but there just are not enough children who use the facility to justify the cost. Very few children in fact. The recent art camp only had about 5. Then you can’t help but wonder how much the electric bill is to keep that place running. It has 3 floors. I’m sorry but this is one time that I feel we should let it go. It’s a beautiful building but unless someone is willing to buy it and start a business there, I think we should say goodbye.

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Demolish it. Green space. Not enough cash. There’s a reason Patty retired.

      • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 1:48 pm

        Patty knew that the United Way was going to cut funding before she left. That was why she bailed when she did. Despite how you feel about LCC, it’s a goner. What are you going to do? Have a fundraiser every single year? Let it go in peace.

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      Old buildings eventually become a money pit, costing far too much to maintain. Time to let the building go, turn the lot into a mid-town park/green space and find/build a newer appropriately sized location to facilitate the needs of local recipients.

  11. Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so tired of the school district saying 2 days inperson, 2 days remote and hearing the phrase deep cleaning. I’m tired of not being able to go to a bar or a restaurant. I’m tired of the Governor treating us like we are children. I’m tired of hearing numbers that may or may not be correct. If you want to wear a mask, then fine…wear one. If you don’t, then fine…don’t. Just let us go. Let us live our lives. What ever happens then it will freakin’ happen. It will be our choice, our consequence.

    • Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      If I hear the phrase “social distancing” one more time, I’m going to puke.

    • Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      The govenor has warned us. The idiots are not wearing masks.

      • Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 11:02 pm

        Wow. The governor has warned us? Be real, Karen, you have to see the real issue behind the Covid numbers. Right? Please, Karen.

        • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 8:47 am

          Hey Gillian, why is the person a Karen?

        • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 8:50 am

          Hey Mr. Intelligent, why don’t you explain the real reason behind the COVID numbers. And please use facts, not rumors or innuendo. Apparently you know something we don’t so please share.

          • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

            Yes please enlighten ua

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 9:35 am

      I think that by the end of year, mental health issues are going to be talked about more than COVID. So many people are so stressed out over things that never appeared before. They don’t know how to handle them. I’m far from being an expert, but I would imagine that mental health therapists have never addressed these types of issues either. What do you do and where do you go? I fear for the suicide numbers in 2020.

      • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 5:59 pm

        We’ve apparently already cured cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and any other health issue that usually contributes to our human demise. Wait till we look back at this years mortality stats, all deaths were from Covid.
        Suicide losses will be considered in the same manner.

  12. Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I saw in the Mascoutah Herald where city hall is building a wall with bullet proof glass near the entrance. They say it is for security. OMG. How many threats can they possibly receive to warrant a wall not to mention bullet proof glass? Isn’t the PD right there?

    • Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Maybe they know something we don’t.

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 9:48 am

      I wondered too why they are spending the money to build a security wall, when there is already a security door to second floor. Cody Hawkins installed a locked door for security reasons. Seems a waste of 9,000 dollars…

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 8:33 am

        The wall is overkill. It is a brick building with locked doors. They already have security things in place.

  13. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    i hope they do something about the 4 way stop while they are repairing main street a roundabout wood be nice

  14. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I think the Mascoutah Car wash needs to upgrade the brushes in the part of the car wash where you get out and do it yourself. They get worn out too much and they can scratch your car. I’m just trying to help because they seem like they get a lot of business and I want that to keep going.

    • Anonymous on September 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      So call them

  15. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Honestly I don’t think the district even knows what there doing. There posting more homework on online school then they would if we do in person.

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Any chance you took grammar via remote learning? Asking for a friend…

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2020 at 9:50 pm

        Any chance you mind your own business buddy

  16. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:48 am

    For years I have listened to kids b***h and complain that they don’t like school and wish they didn’t have to go school. Now they b***h and complain that they can’t go to school.

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Amen Brother

  17. Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Has anyone complained about the clutter at 100 block of North County Road, it looks like a hoarder has moved in there. There are a lot of nice houses on the block and people keep there yards very nice. I guess there new to Mascoutah. Maybe one of the neighbors should say something to them about the eyesore, it looks like a junk yard. Hopefully Mascoutah can say something to them also. I feel for the neighbors around them.

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:37 am

      The city can’t and won’t do anything about someone wanting to live in a dump. The neighborhood will just have to suck it up and realize that some people could care less about what their yard or property looks like, no matter how trashy it is.

      • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 7:49 pm

        I drove by tonight and didn’t see anything that fits this description. Maybe I went by the wrong place. North of Main Street?

  18. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I would like to say thank you to so many people in Mascoutah. A few weeks ago my parents house burned down, luckily they were not home at the time. My parents found themselves suddenly with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a vehicle. I live 1,500 miles away and felt completely helpless. My family was obviously caught completely off guard. I always thought something like this would never happen to us (as we all do). Before the flames were extinguished the amazing people of Mascoutah had begun to show up and offer everything from clothes to places to stay. Over the next few days my parents told me about how many people came out to help them go through the house. I knew my parents had shed a few tears at night but I was overwhelmed when my dad told me he was more choked up because of the overwhelming support from folks in the neighborhood. Both my parents were overwhelmed at the outpouring of support. It reminded me why I miss the Midwest. So to everyone in Mascoutah, thank you. Thank you for being the town that can pull together and help a neighbor when they need. That doesn’t always happen everywhere. Thank you.

  19. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    The school district sent out an email asking us to complete a survey on our kids going to a “hybrid model” school week. This is such a joke. They have already decided what they are going to do. The survey is just to let us think we have a say in it. We don’t. We never do.

    • Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      It said they are going hybrid in the email. Two days in-person, 2 days remote. Wednesdays will be for cleaning. Didn’t you even bother to read it or did you just jump to a stupid conclusion?

      • Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 7:41 pm

        I wonder if this means they’ll go to full time in-person after the Christmas break? At least this is some kind of progress. Not much but at this point, I’ll take what I can get.

        • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 8:23 am

          Please please let this mean they will go back to full time in person after Christmas break. Please please please. I think I might need therapy if they don’t…LOL

          • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 9:01 am

            We’ve cleaned everything that could possibly be cleaned. We have school employees, teachers, administrators, as well as students washing hands & wearing masks. We’ve done everything that could possibly be done. Please just rip off the bandaid, and go to in-person classes. It will never get any better nor could more precautions ever be made.

    • Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      OMG! Read it and get off your high horse!!!!!

    • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

      When was this survey sent out? Was it sent to just a specific amount of people? I know I haven’t seen anything about a survey. Just looked at the high school website and there’s no mention of a survey. It did mention that breakfast and lunch is free for all thru December. With over 8,000 people in Mascoutah, that’s a lot of free breakfasts and lunches. Wait until our property taxes go up for that bill.

      • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:40 am

        The survey was emailed to parents Sept. 10. The free breakfast and lunch is for students only, not the entire town.

        • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:44 am

          Says free for all, not free for students. I don’t get emails from the district unless it’s to say I owe them money

          • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 10:50 am

            The Mascoutah School District website says “The USDA announced that school districts can offer breakfast and lunch meals at no cost through December 2020. The District will follow this guidance and will not charge any registered students for their breakfast or lunch through the last day of student attendance in December (currently December 18).”

        • Anonymous on September 11, 2020 at 7:52 pm

          My understanding is that the survey is also available through the parent portal on Skyward. I don’t remember getting an email but, I found it there.

  20. Anonymous on September 10, 2020 at 7:39 am

    I love the mayor seems to think the widening gap in electric rates is not a huge deal. I know several Ameren customers where their rates are even lower than what the mayor had. 3.1 cent gap on average home (1200kwh) is almost 500 bucks a year. That is a huge amount. The mayor and city are out of touch when it comes to many thing especially the power grid. Time for change

    • Anonymous on September 12, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      There is no doubt mascoutah electric costs $275-$825 more yearly than 5+ other places I’ve lived.
      ($20-$70 more a month)

      • Anonymous on September 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm

        Is the city having a meeting about this?

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      I’m not sure, but I think the city is locked into a long term (20+ year) contract with whatever power company is sourcing our needs. I’m afraid we all need to get over it or move, because there isn’t anything that can be done about it at this point but ride out the contract. It’s funny how people think that once elected, our public servants magically transform into members of Mensa that know what’s good for us.

  21. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    What’s wrong with Mascoutah Road’s? Why? Big trucks go by my house and my cabinets fall off the walls. Another big truck goes by and my closet falls and my clothes fall on my floor. They say there are mines in Mascoutah. It might cave in Mascoutah in the future. All Mascoutah will be is one big huge hole in the ground. I did have dishes on my table. Big trucks go by my house. They all break in half. Is the ground ready to almost cave in? I am mad about this.

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Big trucks break in half when they go by your house?

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Since you don’t state where exactly you reside, you may refer to this link below showing the mined parts of the Mascoutah Quadrangle. This information was put together by the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources. It shows that indeed, parts of Mascoutah are undermined, but a large part of it is not. If you happen to be along Main St near the new renovations, it could be the vibratory roller being utilized during construction phases rather than large trucks going by. Hope this helps, if not, Ace hardware may be able to outfit you with a hard hat until a solution is found for your problem. 😉


    • Anonymous on September 9, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Your cabinets fall off the walls? Are they not properly mounted? How does a closet fall? Is it really just some type of tripod with clothes hanging on it?

  22. Anonymous on September 6, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Here is a proposal for the residents of Metro East Region 4. If anyone, ANYONE, should get the flu in the next month or two, DO NOT TELL ANYONE!! The Governor will freak out!!! The next thing you know EVERYTHING will be closed and our house doors nailed shut! I think we should all pinky swear to zip our lips!!

    • Anonymous on September 6, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Heck I would swear a blood oath if it keeps the gov from going off the deep end again. Other than forcing us to wear Hazmat suits, what else are they going to do?

  23. Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 10:37 am

    I have no desire to bash any teachers or any of the school district staff. I know conducting classes the way we are now is difficult for everybody. However, I do wonder if there is any real benefit to 20 minute Zoom classes. It seems to be nothing more than basically telling a student that “this is what we are working on, here’s your assignment, see you tomorrow”. Twice now my son’s Chromebook has just suddenly shut itself down in the middle of a Zoom class and then has to be rebooted. Each time it was plugged in so it had plenty of power. I am almost wondering about whether some classes have an “agenda”. Specifically the civics class. So far everything in the class has dealt with voting by felons ( which the required videos consistently point out affect black Americans) and assignments on the African dilemma . Is it a civics class or a black history class?

  24. Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 8:56 am

    All students in the Wesclin School District (New Baden/Trenton) are going back to in-person classes on Tuesday!! WTH!!! If Wesclin, a district that doesn’t have close to the amount of money Mascoutah has, can get their buildings safe, and their personnel ready, why can’t Mascoutah? This is BS! I don’t care what anyone says. The Mascoutah school board doesn’t want to deal with this crisis, and finds it easier to just keep kids at home!!!!

    • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 10:43 am

      I don’t know if the remote learning is beneficial or not, but from I have seen and heard so far, it seems to me if we do this for too long, our kids will get behind quite a bit (in my opinion). I do wonder one thing though: if a teacher has 20 students, why can’t all 20 Zoom at once for 45-50 minutes (the time of in person classes) rather than 10 students for 20 minutes and then the other 10 for the next 20? I thought the whole point was to have an actual class thru video, not a partial class.

      • Anonymous on September 6, 2020 at 10:21 am

        We can keep our children in remote learning all the way through to high school, but if they graduate and still can’t spell the word “diploma” what have we accomplished?

    • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Clearly you “don’t care what anyone says” but, I highly doubt that the school board is keeping the kids at home because they find it easier. I’d suggest calling one of the board members and asking them. They’re all easily accessible and great people.

      • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

        But I don’t understand. The Mascoutah School District goes to the Clinton County line. New Baden sits on the Clinton County line. So some students are remote learning at Mascoutah while across the street, the New Baden students are going to in-person class. The virus does not recognize county lines, so why is one school district saying yes and the next one saying no. It doesn’t make sense. No wonder people are angry. There is no rhyme nor reason to anything!

        • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 5:01 pm

          Right! Just like it knows to get you before 11:00pm and especially if you’re dancing.

          • Anonymous on September 6, 2020 at 10:19 am

            I’m picturing COVID looking at its wristwatch and thinking, “Damn, it’s already 10:59 p.m. Now I have to wait until tomorrow to infect someone.”

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      I think what the school board doesn’t want to deal with are nut job irrational parents going ‘ape sh&t’ when a student tests positive. Everyone just chill out, the entire narrative pumped out by the media will change if the side they wish to be president is successful. If not, the narrative will ramp up so Covid is preached to be 10 times deadlier than the bubonic plague.

  25. Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I have a silly but somewhat intriguing question. When the malls, Santa Huts, different Christmas Events start up, do you think Santa will have to wear a mask to be able to greet the kids? I know it sounds silly and not sure why I was thinking of it, but still it makes sense. Now how do you explain that to your children? This year has been so weird.

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      I guess he would have to wear one or cancel the event altogether. Maybe we’ll have a vaccine by then but I don’t know how quickly they work. All my children are grown so I’m not sure how you would explain that to a child.

      • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 3:01 pm

        At first I thought it was a dumb comment, but now that I think about it, it’s not so dumb. If COVID is still around, the Tuesday Woman’s Club would have to cancel their annual Breakfast With Santa. And they would still need to have Santa wear a mask even if they let the children in the building one at a time or at social distancing. Who would ever think we were having these types of discussions.

        • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 3:44 pm

          Santa is the least of our worries right now.

        • Anonymous on September 7, 2020 at 10:34 am

          As the MTWC President, I wanted to let everyone know we have already made the decision not to have our traditional Santa Breakfast in light of COVID-19 restrictions. We are already having discussions on a social distancing alternative called “Cruising With Santa” which will be a 100% drive by event. We will take all necessary precautions to protect families as well as Santa and our club members. Tentative dates are evenings of December 5th and 6th.

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      Just a thought. Could something unexpected come out of the new educational learning at home? I believe there is a need for social learning in child development. Maybe the need for the brick and mortar will become less in the future and online learning will become the new normal. Just think of the tax dollars that wouldn’t be needed. just think of it 50-70% lower taxes. There are on line universities now and on line college courses .There could be unity in education teaching the same 5th grade history lesson to all on line students across the country. Very cost effective.

  26. Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Get rid of this column, please.

    Library lady, all the back and forth about the extreme inconvenience of making an appointment took way more time than just making an appointment. The Covid situation is extremely frustrating and, in my opinion, incredibly fabricated, however, every place of business, public event, etc has been altered with Covid restrictions. Why would the library be any different?

    To the sign critic, why are you so bothered that city hall has a digital marquee? I feel as though many towns have similar signs. It is actually easier to update and can provide more information in a shorter amount of time.

    To the Covid maniac, get over it. New CDC information is just further proof that this “pandemic” is completely overblown and that death total information has been gravely distorted in being conveyed to the public. Yes, there is a virus/pathogen/germ that is contagious. However, it’s about as deadly as strep throat, given other conditions/factors are not present. By locking ourselves in our homes, we are not accomplishing Or bearing the virus in any way. We simply will only prolong the inevitable. The initial stint of lockdown was to ensure the hospitals were not overwhelmed, which we accomplished. Also, keep in mind that was at a point when little was known about the virus and what it’s effects would be. Yes the ICU’s may still be at 80% capacity, but that is normal for them.

    No, I do not believe the “Pritzger Sucks” sign guy is homeless. I think he’s merely demonstrating his disdain, which I’m sure is shared by many, for the Governor. He’s not causing any destruction or being a general nuisance to me so I don’t mind him.

    • Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Why would you want the sound off section gone when you posted probably the longest posting I have seen in the sound off section?

      • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

        Getting rid of the column doesn’t change things. It is just a mirror of the city. Look at Thumb’s Up. That column is devoted to good news ands thanks yous and stuff, and hardly no one in this town uses it. So what does that tell you? If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Hmmm. Library lady controversy….don’t care.
      Sign critics….don’t care.
      Chinese Virus maniac….don’t care.
      Pritzger Sucks guy….he just doesn’t like demokkkrats! Two thumbs up for the sign.

      • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm

        I agree with everything you listed especially the governor. I feel like he is a parent trying to control his children. We are adults. Let us make our own decisions. Of course, I feel the same way about searbelts. I don’t wear one unless I see a cop. Stupid, yes. But still my decision.

  27. Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    so if there’s a tornado,will it be posted on the new sign at city hall to warn the folks that can’t hear the ones that work?Just wondering

    • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      The sirens are only for outdoors. Not supposed to hear in your home.

      • Anonymous on September 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm

        so,what if a tornado comes at night,pretty sure most people sleep in their homes at night

  28. Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I honestly don’t want to be one of those moms that nag about things in Mascoutah, but I can’t help it this time. I don’t understand why an appointment is needed to simply walk into the library. There is not a large group of people who attend at the same time. There is plenty of room for social distancing. Employees wear masks. Visitors are required to wear masks. So what am I missing? Where is the fear? It’s a library, not Walmart, not Target, not a restaurant or bar. I pay taxes. All I want is to visit a building that is suppose to be vital to the community. Apparently, it is not that vital.

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 10:15 am

      I thought the librarian had a medical condition so that is why it is closed to the public. That could be a rumor however.

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      You pay taxes to the school. Can you walk in there anytime you want? How about City Hall—can you walk in to pay your bill? We’re in the middle of a public health crisis, and it’s too hard for you to make an appointment? Please!

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        What public health crisis? If you haven’t heard the updated CDC numbers from over this weekend, (less than 10k died from it alone, without any other disease/complication) you are watching the wrong news. It hasn’t hit MSM yet. We have been fooled and it’s time to rip off the masks and the fear. Open up America!

        • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 7:28 am

          Oh, I get it. So as long as they’re young or old or have asthma the 170,000 doesn’t count. Let me guess, you’re pro-life though, right?

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      Karen, I am sorry that you have been soooo inconvenienced by having to make a simple phone call. I have been in the Library since they started appointments and literally called from the parking lot and they were able to help me out with what I needed. It’s not like they are banning you from coming in. Get over yourself, get a hobby, and stop thinking the world revolves around you.

      • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 8:59 am

        I’m not trying to be a Karen. I’m just saying if thousands of people can go in and out of WalMart, Target, St. Clair Square, etc, then why is there fear of letting a few people in a hometown library? Other than during childrens’ events, there are just a few people in there at once. Why not have a bigger fear of bars? At least my taxes don’t support bars.

        • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 11:52 am

          Guess what? Those people going to bars or Walmart and Target are getting COVID. It is why our numbers are going up.

    • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Uhhhhh, if you don’t want to be ‘one of those Mom’s’…..then don’t be. ??? Rather than complain, why don’t you contact the Library directly. I’m sure they’d be happy to explain their reasoning. It could be that they want to control the number of people roaming around inside at a particular time, having you call in for an appointment allows them to do this. Just a guess on my part, because I haven’t called them either. lol

      • Anonymous on September 1, 2020 at 9:41 am

        Isn’t there anyone out there that understands what I’m saying?

        • Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 6:14 pm

          I don’t think the responders to your post have enough sense to understand what you’re saying.

  29. Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    What is up with the dude with the Pritzker signs? I saw saw him walk right by the open library to the back of the building with his ‘open the library’ sign. Seriously???

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Is he homeless or is this just his hobby?

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        Kind of a weird hobby. All the signs say “Pritzker S**ks.”

        • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 3:09 pm

          Who are you talking about? Someone walking around holding up signs?

  30. Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 10:21 am

    try not complain about farmers spraying or protecting their crops with your mouth full of food they go thruogh training and testing meetings to obtain a licence and have many guidelines to follow.. worry about the guy spraying yards n mosquitoes in town also all the run off of your yard ferlizer into the water supply is doing

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Better yet, eat organic and you won’t have to worry about all the pesticides and fertilizers farmers use. Wonder if they spray RoundUp on crops? As far as fertilizing my yard, I don’t. I just mulch when I mow. Most of my neighbors spend hundreds every year with overseeding and fertilizing their yards. Why? It’s a yard. Doesn’t need to look like it should be gracing the cover of a magazine

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 10:13 am

      What? Seriously? This is the Midwest. “The Guy” is like millions of other Adults for decades, in Illinois Missouri Iowa Indiana Kentucky Arkansas Nebraska Oklahoma Ohio Tennessee, spraying yards & bugs. Wowzers.

  31. Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 9:49 am

    I overheard someone in town say if their son wanted to play baseball for Mascoutah Middle School or Mascoutah High School to let him know. He said he has connections. This makes sense from a couple of weeks ago when someone said their son did not make the Mascoutah Middle School baseball team.

    • Anonymous on September 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      My son played for the high school baseball team several years ago and they finished top 8 in the state playoffs. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I know they usually win a lot more games than they lose. They must be picking the correct players.

      • Anonymous on September 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

        No the coach picked his son’s friends. The other kids did not stand a chance. Totally not fair and needs to stop.

        • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 8:27 pm

          It‘a amazing the excuses people come up with.

  32. Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Wesclin School District is allowing students Kindergarten through 5th Grade to return to in-person classes on Monday. Why can’t we?

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      The fact that about half out of a group of 25 adults that were working at the school has Covid probably has something to do with it.

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        That’s true. Kind of makes you wonder what Wesclin is doing that we aren’t.

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2020 at 9:09 pm

          Not caring about their kids?

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      I get it. It’s not easy for the parents, kids, or teachers. It is extremely tough on everybody. Just remember only about 8,000 Illinois residents have died so far, so why not send the kids back? It’s not like schools are germ factories and have trouble keeping out sickness in non-epidemic years. In fact we should open up the school gym for all the town residents to mingle in one big COVID party, survival of the fittest right?

  33. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you to the Mascoutah Police for their great job on arresting the drug guys. We feel safer because of you. Keep up the good work and the training.

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Its scary to think of how much drugs go through this area that we don’t know about. I hope more get caught. Thank you Mascoutah officers!

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2020 at 11:12 am

        Even scarier considering radical extremists want to defund good police forces like ours all over the country

  34. Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    The government says close all the churches but Walt Disney World is open. All about money.
    Now look at the picture again. The government say stay at home right now, you can’t park your car in front of your home because they will oil the back streets, so where are we supposed to go now we can’t go to the park.
    Here again the government says it’s the law that kids need to go to school but close the schools and do home schooling. What is wrong in that picture:
    It’s al about the money. No money for the little guys but big shots make all the money and let the little guys suffer. Not fair.

  35. Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 10:25 am

    This is ridiculous! I just spent 45 minutes trying to get my son logged into the school district. I expected giltches on the first day, but I thought it would be after he was logged in not before. Didn’t they test this before the first day?

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Try logging into Google Classroom instead.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      I heard that Zoom was out all over the country.

      • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 12:52 pm

        At least the kids of the district employees are being looked after by employees paid for with tax dollars.

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:02 pm

          You shouldn’t believe rumors.

          • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:58 pm

            Oh, why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      This day was so stressful. My daughter is crying because she wants to go to school and see her friends. I can’t get the computer to work because Zoom is down. I’m still confused as to what the curriculum is.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      My son is a senior and wants to play football. He wants a normal year of assemblies, dances. His heart is not in the computer. He understands why but there is no enthusiasm. Its so sad to watch.

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:03 pm

        Things aren’t so bad. Could be much worse.

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2020 at 10:12 am

      did you try logging on the week/weekend beforehand like the school asked?

  36. Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Between the masks, the keeping an eye of symptoms, figuring out the remote learning schedule, etc. I am tired. I am tired and confused. I don’t see how others are hanging onto their sanity.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 4:16 pm

      I’m sure we have all hit our breaking point at some point in the last 6 months. Hang in there!

  37. Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Nice. The city got the new sign out front. Great way to spend tax payer money. I’ll be sure to enjoy it for the whole half second I am at the stop sign. Really could think of better ways to spend that money though.

    • Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      I actually like it. I appreciate the city trying to beautify Main Street. Sure, are the other projects to spend money on? Of course. But, it’s already budgeted for, so what’s the problem?

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm

        They had one. Why did they need a different one?

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

          I imagine there are city council minutes that answer that question.

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2020 at 1:12 am

        Glad the city is doing work on Main Street. Can’t wait for when will be able to get replaced sidewalks and such too

    • Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 9:38 am

      I drive on Main Street maybe 3 times a month.

      • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 9:42 pm

        I get it. If you only drive on Main Street a few times a month, a new sign is probably hard to appreciate.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      I like the sign as well. I think the city has a bit of a responsibility to keep up the general aesthetics of the town and I have no problem with some tax payer funded improvements as such. To be fair, it’s possible some funds could have been donated by businesses, organizations or individuals. Maybe not, but something to keep in mind!

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 1:16 pm

        I don’t think sign boards are ascetically pleasing. Flashing lights junk up the town. The city could have spent the money a hundred other ways that would have made life better for the residents. Not a flashing sign board.

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:06 pm

          Flashing lights? Did they install slot machines and a roulette table to go along with the lights?

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        Trees! Flowers! New sidewalks! Landscaping. Boulders. Waterfalls.

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm

          I feel like I remember hearing the same complaints when the welcome sign on Route 4 went in. That doesn’t have flashing lights.

  38. Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 7:41 am

    So today is August 20. School starts August 24 with remote learning. What’s involved with remote learning. Will it be the same as the spring classes? Will it be thru Zoom? I haven’t actually found anything about how it will actually work. So far all I know is that Monday morning my son will turn on his chrome book and then what? Does he need an app or program to access Zoom or some other similar service? Does his chrome book require a microphone? I have talked to three teachers and apparently they don’t know how the whole remote learning plan will work. I will bet that the first few weeks of this plan are a real cluster ***k

  39. Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    When is the city going to finally spend some money on drainage for the west side of the park? So much time and money has been invested in the ballfields by volunteers and several organizations. Think it is time to address the drainage.

    • Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 12:24 am

      I agree that a lot of good things have been done in the park by volunteers

    • Anonymous on August 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

      They have. MAC has. MIA has. They will continue to do so. By 2025-2028 should be complete IMO.

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

        What has the MIA done for the ballfields? All I have seen is the MAC and the city helping some too

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 8:21 pm

          So grab come volunteer friends and go do some work at the ball fields

      • Anonymous on August 27, 2020 at 1:17 am

        Just curious what is planned from 2025-2028? I know drainage was addressed some on east side of park. Is there a project in the works for the west side? Be awesome if there was as the west side needs attention for ballfields, parking, etc.

  40. Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I would like to see where the mayor got that we are only .01 less than Ameren. Maybe that is the whole problem with the city that they can’t read an electric bill. Prove it mayor.

  41. Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 4:23 am

    What has become of us? Instead of celebrating someone’s good luck, you’d rather tear others down because they have something you don’t. Jealousy is a terrible thing, it says at your soul until a time when all you can do is hate. Almost every comment on here starts with so & so has something and it’s not fair. Why can’t you just be happy for them and go about making your own life better? Instead you’d rather b%*#h and moan about how it’s wrong. Why? Because you don’t have it and you want it. COVID isn’t going to be what kills people in this town, covering what others have will. Well, if it doesn’t kill your body, it will kill your heart and soul. You are probably all conservative voters, but what you want in real life is a form of communism. Where everyone has equal portions, preferably without having to put in the work that goes along with any perqs. The best thing the Herald could do is shut down this column. If I were thinking of moving here and I read this week after week, I’d stay as far away from this town as possible. The column may have served a purpose to begin with, but it’s fun it’s course. It’s nothing more than a shining section now and only shows Mascoutah in it’s worst possible light.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Don’t you find it interesting that anyone could say something nice on this site if they wanted? However, they choose to criticize or rant about anything and everything. So your theory about shutting down their column is only masking the truth. This is also why we have several Residents of Mascoutah Facebook pages because no one in this town can get along. Want to make a happy comment? No one is stopping you.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Why would conservative voters want communism? You must have meant liberal voters.

    • Anonymous on August 22, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      The reason why is because cowards can sit behind keyboards and type whatever he or she wants to. Typically, he or she has little to no community involvement but in his or her mind everything can be done better his or her way. The folks who make a difference in our country are not the “complainers,” they are the “problem solvers.” I wish individuals would state the problem and how it could be solved on this forum instead of just complaining without a plan to fix it. Thank you for this forum.

      • Anonymous on September 5, 2020 at 8:12 am

        I would like to see the main st. Businesses power wash the buildings, Replace awnings, scrape pealing paint and paint, clean windows ,attractive window dressings. More pedestrian benches. Weather shelter at bus stops throughOut county. Flower pots.oudoors. Could be fake. Weed existing pots. The new street improvements are a start. Clean the back of former steakhouse. It has been neglected for decades. It is the first thing diners see when entering from parking lot.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      I was just thinking the other day how this column spews so much negativity. I really like living here and think a majority of the people are great. I’m in one of the community organizations and I know how much time and effort other members and other orgs put in to make this a better place to live. I know my comment won’t be read by the masses, but thank you to everyone who volunteers time, money, etc to make this a great place to live. Things like city parks and events don’t just magically appear; it’s a conglomeration of decades of service. We live in such a whiny world. People will anonymously complain and post their problems all day long but never propose a reasonable solution or compromise to mitigate their grievances. My advice to those people would be to kindly find that perfect utopian town and then move there. No one is making you stay. Oh wait…utopia doesn’t exist. Guess you’ll just have to learn to make the best of it, living in good ol Mascoutah.

      And just as a side note, while I do think kids need to be in school, I understand that teachers did not make the decision for remote learning, and even though there were undoubtedly threats of strike, I know there’s many great teachers, administrators, students and parents just going with the flow and trying to make it work, as we all are. Good luck with the new school year!

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2020 at 11:13 pm

        Well said! Couldn’t have put it better on all accounts. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

  42. Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Kanye West wants to run for president. I say let him. We already have Joe Biggest Idiot Democrat’s Ever Nominated (B.I.D.E.N), and Donald Trump. With Kanye in the picture we could refer to the three as Larry, Moe, and Curly.

    • Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Too Funny

  43. Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Daddy Pritzker is mad and has grounded the bad Metro East children for the next 2 weeks. I’m not talking to dad anymore. I want my mommy.

    • Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Ha Ha! Yes, I know just what you mean, but the grounding doesn’t come as any surprise. Daddy is strict, but he gave us plenty of warnings.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Our king felt his grip going away from him so he had to enact a new decree on his pheasants

  44. Anonymous on August 14, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Shame on the person who called the police on the kids playing in the HUGE water puddles and ditches at the park. The kids were having fun, and not hurting anything. There are far worse things kids could have been doing

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      Not sure what ditch they were in but very dangerous if a big ditch

      • Anonymous on August 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm

        Oh, it says “ditch”. Nevermind, how do I delete my comm

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Damaging government/tax payer owned property?
      Trespassing in Big Ditch?
      But yeah, mostly agree with you.

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

      I bet if one of the kids had been hurt or drowned in a ditch the parents would try to sue the city. Flooded ditches are not something kids should be playing in.

  45. Anonymous on August 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

    So, the school teachers are allowed to bring their kids to school for remote learning?!? It makes sense, but the rest of us working parents have to take our paid leave or days unpaid to help our children with school work. Seems like the tax paying public is going to shoulder the burden while the school and its employees have no burden other than learning how to use the software necessary for remote learning.

    I wonder if the doctor and nurse down the street can take their kids to work. Maybe the construction worker next door can leave his kid in the car while he works. Maybe the receptionist in the street over from ours can have three kids in the office.

    • Anonymous on August 14, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      The teachers in MSD are overpaid about $6k-$12k in relation to other Illinois counties. The principals are overpaid about $8k-$14k. The Superintendent about $15k-$25k. Facts..

      • Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 6:34 pm

        The MSD Superintendent makes more money/salary (by far) than any other Superintendent in the metro east. That salary comes directly from our taxes. I don’t believe the district has ever got their money’s worth. The blame is on the school board for approving his contract and terms. It doesn’t take a PhD to follow the State Board of Education’s lead on 100% remote learning or all the other high-level educational issues. It’s easy to just follow; it’s harder to actually lead.

      • Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm

        Being “overpaid” is different than earning a higher salary. Assuming there’s any factual basis to your post…and?

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 4:35 am

      And who watches their kids when teachers have to grade papers at night? When they are required to supervise extracurricular events throughout the school year , that are often performed in evenings or weekends? How petty can you be? These people have sacrificed to be in the teaching profession. So what if they get to bring their kids with them, would you prefer losing the teacher to having their children accompany them?

      Or is the real reason that you’re pissed off that someone else has something you don’t have? Get a clue and thank the teachers for showing up at all. If they didn’t, you’d be struggling to teach Jane & Bobby how to add 2 + 2.

      Isn’t it hateful to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?

      • Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 10:29 am

        Sacrificed? Wow. Terrible verbiage. They “chose” to go to college, specifically for that degree, to make a living to pay bills, while also knowing they have 80 days off in the summer, and another 10+ late DEC early JAN. Similar to a person “choosing” a business degree or someone “choosing” an Engineering degree. Sacrificed, nope, sorry.

    • Anonymous on August 23, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      I believe I heard where the teachers can bring their kids to work and school employees are assigned do the babysitting while the teachers are teaching their remote lessons. Bringing other district kids to our schools, having “free babysitting” at district expense…did the school board approve this and is it okay legally and through the state education office to do this service? Do the other aides not assigned to babysit, para/instructional aides get paid to stay home on remote learning days where the teachers teach from home 2.5 days of the week?

  46. Anonymous on August 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I’m sick of talking about flooded streets, remote learning, city government, taxes, and especially masks. I think we should change the name of “Sound Off” to “As Mascoutah Turns” and make it a soap opera. It would be abundantly more entertaining.
    Tune in tomorrow to see which husband on Larkspur is secretly rendezvousing with a neighbor down the street. Will their spouses find out? Do the other neighbors suspect?
    When will the friendly bank employee disclose her true sexuality? Or will the announcement come from her betrayed significant other?
    And when will the local goodie-two-shoes disclose to her parents why she needed larger clothes for the start of school. Gasp!
    Come back tomorrow for (cue the soap opera music) “As Mascoutah Turns.”

  47. Anonymous on August 13, 2020 at 6:56 am

    I see the Mascoutah cop car is at the auto body shop all wrecked up, but no word or mention of how it got wrecked. Does anyone know how it got crashed up, or is a big secret the city is hiding.

    • Anonymous on August 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Oh for God’s sake! It was in a one vehicle accident. Officer not injured. Why is everything a conspiracy therory with you people? It was an accident. It happens.

      • Anonymous on August 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        We are the employer of the officer and deserve to know why. That is costing the taxpayers money. It is a waste.

        • Anonymous on August 16, 2020 at 12:13 am

          A waste to wreck the car? Or, a waste to fix it? Go to the Google machine and ask how automobile insurance works. The answer may prove enlightening!

        • Anonymous on August 19, 2020 at 9:28 am

          Don’t they have car insurance?thought it was illegal to drive without it

      • Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

        Conspiracy theory, although it was an accident, where was the article how it happened, looks like the vehicle went through a field, not an accident, police officer probably drunk, or hiding a girl in the car while on duty, seen a few times in Mascoutah. That’s all the cops have to do is a whole lot of nothing,

  48. Anonymous on August 10, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    Really? You analogize casino gambling with the city’s off-highway vehicle ordinance? Thank the Herald for the opportunity to post these inane comments anonymously, because I’m quite sure you wouldn’t want your name tied to this one. I’ll be sure to wave to you in my side-by-side, while you’re on your porch with a facemask and ear plugs!

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2020 at 7:15 am

      I guess he did analogize the casinos with the off highway vehicles since both were supposed to go one way and then once passed became something else.

    • Anonymous on August 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Simmer down now, no one is going to take away the right to drive your $15K+ side by side through the streets of Mascoutah with your sister/cousin wife and young-un’s on board. You can rev your motor and breath the fresh air of freedom all you want. I think the person was just pointing out that one thing was represented to gain council support, only to have something different approved.

      • Anonymous on August 12, 2020 at 11:38 pm

        Well, not that’s a big deal but, since I’m a stickler for the details… It was $20k for the side-by-side and my spouse is actually my second cousin. So, with the turn signals, I’m legal all-around. Thanks for letting me clarify!

      • Anonymous on August 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

        I’m not sure i understand the sister/cousin thing. Are you saying the folks that have side x sides are dumb country folk, if so, you live in the wrong town. This is a farm town originally and with a great military base located right next to it, which have brought man great people into this town. Those side x sides cost from $15k to over $30k. That is without bells and whistles. I for one appreciate Mascoutah being progressive just like all the neighboring towns. I own one, am highly educated, make a darn good living, work in a corporate environment with professional certifications, and would not consider myself a hick. They are completely legal, driven around with respect and there is always someone crying about something. Wait till you get stuck behind a slow golf cart, then you will complain about that. Just let people enjoy themselves.

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