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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          You should donate to the food pantry regardless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      He is better than Trump.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      What city are these streets in?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Why did they put in a flashing stop sign there?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      That land is cursed. Nothing ever makes it there.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          For your information we did not go.

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

        I am fully vaccinated. Screw the damn mask

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

        I agree 100%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        How are the streets in Utah?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Really? So being a petty thief warrants death?

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

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

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

          He deserved everything he got

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

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

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

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

    • Anonymous on April 22, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Exactly. Just wear a mask and be inside. Talk about over reaction. I am tired of it. If parents don’t feel comfortable then don’t go. However it might be kinda neat to have outside prom if a nice night a new stars are out

  19. Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    I was reading the police report for April 2-April 8 in the Herald. In a 3 day period police responded to a vehicle lockout at the same street 3 times. Want to bet that all 3 times it was the same person locking themselves out of the car? A lot of uninsured motorists and improper use of cell phone tickets. I noticed that almost all of the vehicle citations include the officer’s name and the offender’s name. However, on one day of the report two people are pulled over for squealing /screeching of tires, yet only one individual had his name posted for all to see. One person got a DUI on the 6th yet their name isn’t posted. One call on the 7th was for sex offender registration, yet that individual’s name wasn’t posted. So I am curious as to who decides which offenders get their names posted and which offenders don’t?

    • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      I find it interesting that you find it important that should print all names but yet you don’t have the Courage to print your name sounds like you’re just a busybody

      • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Like you? Where’s your name?

  20. Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I see no end to the rioting, looting, burning, destruction and assaults on the police in Minnesota or Portland. So I think it’s time to clean up the trash. The police have guns…use them.

    • Anonymous on April 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

      I do not agree.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2021 at 5:47 am

      Well said

  21. Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Jefferson’s closing. Not shocking. Why would I pay $30 for twenty hot wings? Or $13 for unhealthy unimpressive sandwiches.

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      yea the local taverns are cheaper w/ same quality

      • Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 12:06 am

        I have to admit I liked the shrimp po’ boy. Didn’t know the last one I had would be the last one I had.

    • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 9:14 am

      I find it in poor taste the negative comments about Jeffersons after they closed. Why didn’t you sound -offers voice your concerns to management? It’s sad to see another business leave Mascoutah. Maybe this time covid was the last straw. I think the biggest problem for businesses here is lack of community support . Maybe the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t promote business here like other towns. I read in this forum, people want Taco Bells and Dairy Kings / Queens and other types of businesses . My question for all is , would you invest in Mascoutah knowing most fail? If so, why don’t we see your business open here?

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

        This town doesn’t support businesses that are here. I wonder if Amazon will help sponsor their ball teams or clubs and organizations after all the local businesses closed.

        • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 9:18 am

          Why do you feel the businesses here don’t get supported? Do the owners of the businesses state that as fact? From what I have seen, all of the restaurants and stores get plenty of business. Do I personally support any local businesses? Sure I do. I eat at restaurants, shop at various stores, and sometimes even buy gas in town (currently though I do buy gas in Missouri because it is .70 cents less per gallon than in town). I think most people are like me in the fact they support local businesses but also make purchases online or at businesses out of town. Depends on what I’m buying and the price.

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        Maybe people want to combine eating with shopping or viewing a movie. There is certainly no cinema or stores for shopping. The few stores here don’t offer music, clothing, electronics, or other sought after wares. This town certainly has enough people to warrant a cinema. Give residents something besides bars and slots.

        • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 1:07 pm

          Go for it, buy a building and build a cinema. You can run all of these wonderful films being shown in the cinema these days.

        • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 11:58 pm

          I don’t know of any small town that offer music, clothing, or electronics. Why would they? There is no way to compete with the big box stores. Wal Mart is already the largest toy, electronic, and clothing retailer. Even Toys R’ Us couldn’t compete. Theaters are soon to be a thing of the past. Drive-In theaters may survive. Even before the whole Covid thing, clothing retailers in malls were going out of business left and right, so how would a clothing retailer survive in Mascoutah. Years ago towns like Mascoutah offered everything. But then a new business model called shopping malls killed most local businesses. Now online is killing the malls. When I moved here in 1998, Mascoutah had four major car dealer brands (Ford, Chevrolet, Buick and Chrysler). Now all four are gone because the auto manufacturers wanted the dealerships moved to high traffic locations. I guess it’s called “progress”.

        • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

          The tone of your post suggests that the city is somehow supposed to do something to “give the residents something besides bars and slots”. What exactly would you want the city to do to accommodate these needs? The opening of a business requires significant personal investment from the owner. Sure, the city can provide some tax incentives for new business but, then people complain about that. So, what’s your plan to bring in this “cinema”?

        • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

          Cinema? Music stores? Great Scott, I feel like this post should have been in the November 12, 1955 edition of the Herald.

      • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 10:20 pm

        Poor taste? Jefferson’s? Good one. I see what you did there.

      • Anonymous on April 16, 2021 at 8:58 am

        Jefferson’s had plenty of support. Been in there on multiple occasions to pick up an order and they were so busy that the phone had been taken off the hook because they already had so many orders. I once dialed them 43 times to place an order and the phone was busy. Drove up there and went in to order and sure enough the phone was off the hook. Drive by on any weekday and the parking lot was full of people from the base coming there for lunch. Most restaurants don’t just close one day unannounced. Usually they put up a sign stating they are going out of business. Even after they closed down, for the next 2 days they still had a sign on the door announcing their new hours. I don’t think the closure had anything to do with not enough support or Covid.

        • Anonymous on April 17, 2021 at 2:57 am

          Then what’s the point of your post? We’re all aware that Jefferson’s was busy, then it wasn’t, now it’s closed. Maybe you can get your minutes back from your fell carrier, since you called 43 times.

          • Anonymous on April 18, 2021 at 9:47 am

            It was always busy is my point. Up to the day it closed.



  22. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    It is an exciting time in Mascoutah!! We have a couple new city council members, a new mayor, and a new member to the school board.

    What exciting changes are in store for us? Or, will it be more of the same. I personally think the City may see the most change because it is three new positions. Let’s support them and see what happens. As for the school, only one new member and the same president probably means more of the same unfortunately. It would be nice to see what a change at the top might do to spur new ideas and energy to the school. It may also get rid of years of tension with a very slippery board.

    Cannot wait to see the new changes!!!

    • Anonymous on April 11, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      What “changes” are you looking for? And what “more of the same” are you concerned about from the school board that causes you concern? I’m curious to hear.

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

      I agree, change is happening. As for the school board, what change are you looking for? The schools routinely rank among the best in the area. The facilities are second to none. The board has decreased taxes the last 4 years. Not sure what else the community wants. The board president presides over the meeting and is the official spokesperson of the board. Other than that, he/she has no more authority or power to take action.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 11:55 am

        I’m curious as to how you claim the school has decreased taxes the last four years? That’s false. I have all of my tax paperwork going back to 1999 and I can assure you that the taxes for the school has gone up every year, and that includes the last four years. I checked the property taxes for the last four years for my son, mother, sister-in-law and mother-in-law and I can assure you 100% that the taxes for this school has gone up every year . Now I don’t live in any of the newer subdivisions, in fact, I live in a small house built in 1965. Just the share of taxes the school district gets from me is currently more than my whole tax bill was just 10 years ago. My whole tax bill ten years ago was $1625 a year. Now, more than that goes just to the district. That doesn’t count the rest of the taxing bodies on the tax bill. I haven’t met a single person in this town that can claim the school district portion of their property taxes has decreased.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

          School District tax rate per county website 2019 = 4.8396 2018 = 4.8824 2017 = 5.0964 2016 = 5.1763. Just remember the school board only sets the rate (which has decreased). They do not set your assessed value (county determines) or a township multiplier (which is set by the state). A simple calculation to figure is Assessed value x township multiplier x tax rate = total rate. I’m a former county employee that is frustrated when misinformed people spew misinformation. Yes, you tax bill can go up, but the school board, city council, county council, water districts, etc. only set the rate, they do not control your assessed value or township multiplier.

          • Anonymous on April 13, 2021 at 12:09 am

            Very informative post here



    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      Yawn. 20% voter turnout

  23. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Just a question that I hope someone knows the answer to. What is the distance of the “walking trail” that starts near route 4 and extends to County Road?

    • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Why would you post that here? Wouldn’t a simple call to the City, or a simple google search allow you to ascertain that information immediately? Or why don’t you just go walk it. Just shows some of the incompetency & low IQs in this community.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 1:54 pm

        hilarious

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 2:41 pm

        Smart a** I did call the city. Nobody seems to know for sure. I received 4 answers that varied from 1-3 miles. I do walk it. I’m just curious as to how far I am walking. If you find the answer on Google please let me know. How does asking a simple question signal low IQ and incompetency? I posted the question on this forum because I know a lot of people read this forum. I guess asking the question does make me look like I have a low IQ. But it’s still higher than yours.

        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

          1.3 Miles

          • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 5:05 pm

            Thank you.



        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

          Ever thought of just measuring distance in your car from Route 4 to County Road?

          • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

            That wouldn’t provide an accurate measurement since the trail doesn’t go to route 4.



        • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 4:13 pm

          City Hall doesn’t know? Morons

          • Anonymous on April 14, 2021 at 2:46 pm

            It’s starts by car wash on Route 4



          • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 6:49 am

            Grow up



        • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 6:48 am

          Google earth or maps has a measure function. Pretty easy to use

          • Anonymous on April 15, 2021 at 11:13 am

            Thanks for the tip. I have never used Google maps or earth so I’ll try them.



  24. Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Why does it seem that not long after a road is rebuilt and repaved, suddenly utility work (sewer, electric, water, gas lines) needs to be done? Must be Murphy’s Law of public administration! It wouldn’t be so bad if the road were actually restored close to its pre-construction condition, but it usually is not. I realize, of course, that repairs and replacement of underground utilities are important.

  25. Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I live in one of those neighborhoods where every couple of years our streets are covered with slag chips (tiny rocks basically) and oil. Anyway as I’m walking my dog today on the street behind me, I see a guy walking up and down the street with a leaf blower running. So I figured I would just watch and see what he is doing. Then I realized what he is up to . He was blowing a big rectangle that extends along the curb from the east end of his property line to the west end property line and the rectangle extends from the curb, not to the middle of the street , but to just past the middle, closer to the properties on the north side of the street. He was blowing every bit of those slag chips past the middle of the street so he won’t have any slag chips we’re he parks his vehicle. What an a**hole of a neighbor. Glad he doesn’t live on my street.

  26. Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    This goes to the owner of Huddle House, the service there is getting so bad that it took 20 minutes to get table cleaned off, another 15 minutes to place order, another 15 minutes went by and still no drinks yet. I really like there breakfast and have had very good service till Saturday. After 50 minutes I finally got up and asked for a manager and there was not one on duty. I suggest that the owner spend a little time in his restaurant to see the way things are run. My biggest perk is while waiting, all the young waitress were standing around by the cooks laughing and not worrying about customers. Another sad situation is the place only had 5 tables of customers, pretty sad that 3 waitresses on duty couldn’t keep everyone happy. There was a lot complaining going on that day. Will never waste my time back there again.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      My dad recently retired as an over-the-road trucker. A few years ago he was passing thru and stopped there to eat. He said it was one of the worst truck stop restaurants he had ever eaten at.

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Ate at Huddle House several times. Food was okay but service was always slow. Seen a lot of staff playing around the counter. If I ran the place I would hire a seasoned cook to go along with the other one ,on each shift. For each shift I would hire at least one seasoned waiter/waitress. I would ask the seasoned wait person to kick the one goofing off in the butt when needed!!!!

  27. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I’m confused. I need a photo ID to board an airplane, to enter a military installation, to open a bank account and to withdraw money from that account (unless it’s thru an ATM), to have a library account (an ID and proof of residency), to write a check at a business, to buy alcohol, tobacco, or vaping materials, to get a fishing license, to rent a car, to apply for a SNAP card, etc., the list goes on and on. So why is it so terrible that the state of Georgia will require a photo ID to vote? Every state should do the same to preserve election integrity.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      On top of that, 35 other states in the union have stronger election laws than what GA just passed. It’s just another case of the liberal vocal minority getting their way and making others follow, which happens all too often in our country. That’s why this country is falling apart at the seams.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 11:50 am

      The problem the Dem’s have with photo ID’s for voting, is the new influx of illegals pouring through the Southern border and currently residing in among us. We can house them, educate them, and fast track them to citizenship, but they can’t legally get a voter card…..yet. I’m calling for a Robot Joe voter/supporter to pipe right on up and explain how a photo ID for voters is wrong, racist, or what ever term you’d like to tie to it. The illegals will be the new voting block educated by the once KKK party, and taught to securely fasten themselves to the teet of the American working tax payer.

  28. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    So Major League Baseball requires a photo ID to pick up tickets at Will Call but boycotts a state that requires a photo ID to vote. The hypocrisy.

  29. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    To those people who, at least once a week on Facebook, ask what that loud boom was, grab a brain. We live next to an military base. Do the math!

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Can the words brain and Facebook be used in the same sentence?

      • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 6:23 am

        Did you mean brain & sound off don’t go together?!?

  30. Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I had to laugh when I read Facebook this morning. The Leu put a nice spin on their basketball camp but in reality it was a hot mess. No organization. A lot of money spent by parents including myself on something that wasn’t thought through. The little kiddos were completely lost. I’m sure the people at the Leu had their hearts in the right place or at least I hope it was their hearts and not their wallets but this is exactly why we need a Y. More experience more organizational skills.

  31. Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    For the people Complaining about the post office you realize that Donald Trump appointee is still in office so if you wanna blame somebody blame Donald Trump and his appointee.

    • Anonymous on April 2, 2021 at 9:07 am

      Good joke. Like that is really the cause. Get a life

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

      Yes! Donald Trump is the reason the post office is a nightmare!! People like you are the reason this country is so screwed up. And, I’m not even talking about your disregard for punctuation…

      • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

        The post office has been in trouble years. Long before Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton.

    • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Quit blaming trump for something that was happening before he took office

  32. Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 8:33 am

    It’s Scottish American history month. Let’s all raise a glass of Scotch.

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Cheers!

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

      Can’t. It’s racist.

      • Anonymous on April 12, 2021 at 10:19 pm

        Racism isn’t real. It’s only perceived.

  33. Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 7:18 am

    I have 21 years of active duty and live in this town. I have been reading these sound offs and i wasn’t shocked to hear about the number of people taking advantage of the programs. But with that said, i think it seriously tarnishes the pride we try to represent. I saw the messages of the number of homes and started looking at addresses and names, very disappointed. Our own city manager is claiming disability to property tax reasons. When we instill that it is ok for us to use the system, what are we teaching our families, children, etc.. As as active member of our military, please don’t think we are all like that. We don’t feel that we deserve anything different. We chose to take the path to work and serve our country, unfortunately, many feel that they can take advantage of loop holes because it is justified. For those brothers and sisters that have serious injuries, this isn’t for you. For you claiming 70-100%, working the system, you know better than this. And to all the civilians, we aren’t all like this. We are proud soldiers, vets and went in to serve this nation and want to continue to serve this nation, in all forms, including paying our way in society.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      CM disabled? How much did house cost? Able to work 50 hour weeks being disabled? $2500 paychecks? Hired over others b/c of handicap? Juicy stuff. Do tell more.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

        Yeah I want to hear more. There’s no way a “disabled handicap” person can perform that type of job. Nor do I want I want my taxes dollars funding a half a## operation due to lack of effort, lack of mental capacity, & physical durability. Pretty appalling & sickening when you think about it, in regards to major decision making, operations, and management. Eye opening, thanks for letting us know. -MHS Grad ‘93

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2021 at 8:41 am

        Its public record, just look it up in St. Clair County Parcels. We should not shame folks being disabled, by no means. What disappoints me as an active service member is that fact that it is growing to be part of a norm that when you retire, there are services/firms out there that aid in getting you that status so you can avoid taxes. We don’t deserve special treatment because we served. Keep in mind, once you get 100% disabled, there comes a lot more special tax treatments for income taxes and education programs.. We promised to protect our people, we should be stepping up and ensuring we don’t take advantage of these programs and to help those that need help. Someone with a disability that didn’t serve should get just as much support or more, that is our duty and we are failing due to entitlement and greed. I knew these programs were there as they are discussed frequently, but didn’t realize the vast numbers using them in these communities. Disappointed, look for yourself… St. Clair county parcels and type addresses in. I’m sure our realtors are loving it as they know they can charge higher prices to our military, knowing they can afford more as they work the system.. Prayers to all and hope we start leading with pride in our country, community and continue to serve the citizens, as they serve us.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      God Bless You

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 1:55 am

      I find it interesting that you think I filled a claim with the VA for compensation for a service connected injury to avoid paying taxes. I allways thought it was so I could have a hot meal with the lights on. For the record, there is no Worker’s Compensation for the military. When you have a bad day you cannot quit. If your working conditions are poor you cannot file a grievance with the union or go on strike. You don’t get to decide where you live or work. Yes it’s service, but military personnel are not just fodder for war. We expect to be able to enjoy the benifits of freedom just as (most) other Americans do. And yes we expect to be made whole for what we give up. More often than not that expectation is denied. The government and the VA expend a great amount of effort working to prove service connected injuries didn’t happen or don’t exist (ever hear of agent orange, PTSD, tramaitic brain injuries). People are constantly telling me “Thank you for your service.” While I appreciate the sentiment, it doesn’t help with the pain I live with each day or keep the lights on. If you really did want to thank me you would support the people who served to protect your rights rather than complain about a meager amount of compensation.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2021 at 9:56 am

        Just jumping in on this one.. If you can’t work due to disability, hell yes you need help.. military/civilian anyone.. i can tell you that for civilians, we can’t get workers comp and still work, that is the difference… Brother, america owes you all that served this country, and if you were injured doing that, we should all take care of you.. I think the point was, people using loop holes and then justifying it due to normal injuries or health issues, that anyone could get in and out of military. God bless you and hope the government is taking care of you all since you aren’t able to provide for yourself due to your service.

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm

          I agree it’s not about those that served and were injured. We should and will take care of you. I have a problem with the ones taking advantage of the system. If you can still work like a city manager you don’t deserve to get the benefit or if you’re that disabled then you shouldn’t be able to do the job.

    • Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 7:32 am

      Shouldn’t the city get the same deduction on salary?

  34. Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I called the Herald office to place an advertisement and was told that Mike Baker was on vacation. Does he think he has this election in the bag and doesn’t have to work for it? Shouldn’t he be talking to people and explaining how he is going to help solve our problems here in town? I’m disappointed in him.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Dear whom ever made the comment about me being on vacation. I dont t think I have it on the bag at all. If you would take the time to call me, you would find out yes vacation and checking out
      The spinal cord program in Tampa for my daughter who is quadriplegic. . My # 618 806 7514.Mike Baker

      • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 7:45 pm

        To the person that wrote the comment about Mike Baker being on vacation needs to understand Mike’s daughter is his top priority and I believe he’s taking his run for Mayor very serious it just so happens this was the appointment they were given we hope this works out for Jessica she deserves a fair chance ,walk in their shoes before you make an accusation of this sort

        • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

          I agree. Very short-sided to judge without all of the facts. But I guess that’s what anonymous posts are for.

          • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:39 pm

            But wouldn’t that mean he would move to tampa? just asking.



          • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 7:07 am

            If you think Pat is the right choice for our mayor, we are in trouble. Hope you like smiles and hearing what you need to hear.



    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      Huh. Weird

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2021 at 10:22 pm

      I don’t know what’s worse, your assumptions of Mr. Baker or the fact that he felt you deserved a reply from him.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2021 at 10:04 pm

        Are we so bereft of dignity that we now attempt to publicly shame a person whenever we perceive a sliver of an opportunity? And for what purpose? Mike Baker and Pat McMahon were the only two community members willing to take on the Mayor position. Bully for them for caring about Mascoutah. Their reward—other than the spectacularly lavish $9,600 Mayor’s salary—B.S. like this galactically stupid criticism. Keep it up and maybe we’ll convince our future qualified candidates to avoid public service altogether.

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2021 at 1:42 am

          There may have not been a more common-sensical post made on this forum.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      You all do realize the city council controls the happenings in the city. The mayor only votes if there is a tie. So you should be concentrating on the 2 new councilmen. Our mayor is simply a figurehead unless needed to break a tie.

      • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Not true, at all. The Mayor votes on each agenda item just as the other Councilman do.

      • Anonymous on April 6, 2021 at 5:13 pm

        Another individual clueless to how things work.
        Start attending council meetings.

  35. Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 11:45 am

    If I had the power, I would either do away with the current U.S. postal system or at least drop it in the hands of administrators much more capable. We are at their mercy and they know it. I mailed a birthday card from Mascoutah to my granddaughter in Carlyle and it took over 3 weeks. Is this seriously how one of our most important government agencies should be ran? Why can you order something from WalMart or Amazon, and it is sitting on your doorstep in about two days? This is ridiculous. It needs a good kick in the backside and then a good fix. Isn’t there anything that can be done about lost and late mail, newspapers, and magazines?

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      The most inefficient and inept entity in the world is the US Federal Government.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        Ronald Reagan said: “the nine most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help'”. Yet, here we are, on the heels of an historic election in which we are subjecting ourselves to more and more of government bureaucracy, regulation and control. But, hey, the President won, right?

    • Anonymous on March 27, 2021 at 2:36 am

      That’s what you would do with your “power”? We already have one inept leader, do we really need another?

  36. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I found the Meet the Candidate interesting, esp the Mayoral segment. It is very clear that one of them has done his research and is very knowledgeable and the other is a wanna be with a sarcastic, know it all attitude. Pick wisely, friends.

  37. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Senators Hirono and Duckworth vowed to not confirm any White nominees the Biden administration nominates for any position. And nothing but crickets from the leftist mainstream media. Proof that people of other colors can also be racist. Imagine the uproar if two White senators vowed to not confirm any bl**k or Asian nominees.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Imagine the uproar if you spelled out the word black, instead of simply insinuating to it!

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 12:59 pm

        That’s why I don’t spell it out . In today’s society I would be labeled a racist if I spelled it out.

        • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 9:07 pm

          That’s my point. The mainstream media and the underlying social warriors have levereged their way to making the rest of us step-in-toe. It’s unreal. Am I supposed to say As#i#n, and bl##k now? What about A##rica#? How do you even pronounce those words? Are they even words now? It’s like a Dr. Suess riddle but wait… Am I allowed to say that? Katie bar the doors if we were to say Indian! Such a joke. We sensible people need to rise up and reclaim the same freedom from what the minority seems to monopolize.

  38. Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:06 am

    If it was physically possible to kick myself in the butt I would do it. I really wanted to attend the meet and greet at the high school this past Sunday. I don’t know a single one one of the individuals running for the school board or city council. Even marked it down on a calendar on my refrigerator door so I would notice it. Got to screwing around with mowing my yard and totally forgot about the event.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 12:43 pm

      You can still watch it online, but it was mostly a waste of time. No good questions were asked, and everyone just gave the same answers.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:39 am

        Guess I watched a different forum, very informative and was helpful in my decision making.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      I know the feeling. I live in Belleville and mailed birthday cards to my grandkids in New Baden and it took a week to deliver the cards.

  39. Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Just a question for anyone that can enlighten me. What is the difference between the city and the township? We have city offices and then we have the township offices. What’s the function of the township offices? I am just curious because I have never lived in a town that has both.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      The US is divided into States, Counties, Townships and finally ‘Towns or Cities’ (except Louisiana, they’re a little different). Each division has their own responsibilities and layers of government required to perform functions within each of their specific geographic areas. There are 102 counties within the State of Illinois, and 22 Townships within our own St. Clair County. You can count up the number of towns/cities if you wish, but I think you get the idea. In a similar manner, there are State roads, County roads, Township roads and town/city streets with each entity using resources from their respective tax base to maintain. Imagine a single office for the entire State that is responsible for managing everything, what a mess that would be. By breaking down the square miles into many areas, with groups of people to manage each, its easier to deal with. Mascoutah ‘City’, resides within Mascoutah ‘Township’ so it makes sense that the township offices are situated within the city limits, but they wouldn’t have to be. The township shed that houses equipment for road maintenance is located out in the ‘township’. In my case, I live in Englemann Township, and their offices and equipment shed are located in the same building off Highbanks Rd East of town. Hope that answers your question and what I’ve said makes sense.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 7:51 am

        Not really. I didn’t need a civics lesson but I appreciate. My question is what does the township office do, what are they responsible for, etc. and not every town or city in Illinois has a township entity. I grew up in southern Illinois so I called the mayor where I grew up and asked what their township office does and where is it? His response was” we don’t have a township office. Why would we need it?” He also told me that to his knowledge none of the surrounding towns have a township office or personnel. I know where Englemann township is and everyone there has a Mascoutah phone and address. So where is Englemann, the town or city? I thought I had read that the city of Belleville had done away with their township office. The town I grew up in down in southern Illinois had a mayor and city council but never a city manager. A lot of towns are the same way. Anyway, I was just wondering what the purpose of our township office is. What do they do that the city can’t do? Is it needed? Can their “duties and responsibilities” be absorbed by the city?

        • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 10:53 am

          There are 21 townships in St Clair Co. Any town or city within those township is taken care of from the city offices. The rest of the township is taken care of by the township offices. For the most part. Actually Belleville, parts of Swansea, parts of Shiloh take up the whole township of Belleville, that there are no township offices.

  40. Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Do you think it passes the “smell test” that a candidate for the school board has a wife that is vice president of the teachers union?

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      I do not believe that would be in the best interest of the district. How would that work when they are negotiating a union contract and the board has discussions on what to give and he goes home and has those discussions with his wife. That would not be good for the board.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Maybe …i guess that is all in the ethics that that person has. Maybe you should ash past board members that may have been in that same position. What may be more dangerous is to have School Board member that blindly does whatever the Administration wants without question.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        I don’t question that candidate’s ethics but, I do have concerns about what contributions that candidate could add to the Board as a whole. One of the most important aspects of being a school board member is to make appropriations for the tax dollars they levy. If a Board member has to recuse her/himself from those votes, then why are they there?

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Although i agree that having a spouse as a teacher would put a school board member in a tough spot at times … Mascoutah would not be the first school district in the state where that happened. If we are going to be concerned about that though, you should also be asking about the individual that is a city police officer and running for city council. So again, it happens. You need to count on the moral compass of the person being elected. and if you see that compass pointing in the wrong direction vote them out.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      I believe that was an issue when he served two years ago. As I recall he was voted out in 2019, wasn’t a good Board member then, what’s changed? Not in anyone’s best interest, especially with negotiations coming up.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      How would that be any different than someone who’s a school board member having a sister employed in the district and then suddenly there is a new job created by the district and she is hired for said position, then eventually gets a promotion to a higher position?

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        I’m new to following all of this. I wasn’t in person for the forum last weekend but I did have a few takeaways. Harris, Fulp, Geis are easy candidates to vote for. I’m not sure on the other 2. Siebert, Elbe are easy votes for me. I’m willing to be to be convinced on the others

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 10:29 pm

        I have always wondered about some of the positions at the school. Dean of students? Come on. Sounds like a title created to promote someone. How about an English as a Second Language Instructor? How many kids in the district can’t speak English? I personally think that if you are an employee (in any position) of a school district then there should be a rule that bans the employee of an immediate family member ( mother, dad, son, daughter, brother, sister). I personally don’t know a single person on the school board, but when they goose-step together and cancel a perfectly valid contract of a superintendent just to give him a more lucrative one for his impending retirement, then I question if they should just be voted out. I thought the school board was there to represent the parents and students, not the superintendent. On another note, I wonder if the high school ever addressed the black mold problem in the school?

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2021 at 9:13 am

        Are you sledging the same board member again that also had several contracts indirectly through the school to benefit his company and his wife’s?

        I think focus on the person and not their family members. It is possible and probable that his sister is a highly qualified professional worthy of the position. Don’t discredit her when you are upset with said individual.

        • Anonymous on April 5, 2021 at 12:25 pm

          Is this where all the MAGA folks have come to cry about the good ole days? I’m so happy that Mascoutah is moving away from the redneck attitude and more middle class families of diverse backgrounds are moving in. It can still be a small town without being full.of white trash. Have fun being part of a dying breed.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      It didn’t stop the last POTUS of nepotism in the White House!

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 9:47 pm

        Don’t forget to include both of the current US presidents when talking about nepotism.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 6:48 am

      Yes it does.
      I have absolutely no problem voting for this candidate.
      Talk to him before questioning his values.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 6:51 am

      Welcome to Mascoutah. The School Board President receives contracts for his business, and other Board members have spouses working for the district & so on. Then at City Hall, you have employees related to nearby mayors & local big families, and have other juicy scandals. Extreme nepotism. It’s a joke. Circus. Typical Illinois, St Clair County, and Mascoutah. Sad.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2021 at 8:02 am

        Not their fault. This is southern Illinois, not Chicago. You can’t throw a stone without hitting a relative. What’s the big deal?

  41. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I feel as if we are living in a television commercial. It is that television commercial where someone is buying something. Then when it comes to signing the line there are additional taxes and fees that were never disclosed. It is a little funny when watching the commercial, it is something altogether different when that is happening within our school district.

    In May of 2014 the school administration asked for and received permission to purchase a new reading / literacy program called Wonders. The system that the school system had been using was more than 12 years old at the time. The new curriculum came with a price tag of approximately $500,000.00, and began use within our schools in the fall of 2014.

    At the School Board meeting last May (2020) the school administration yet again came to the school board and said that the “6 year old” system no longer worked for us … you know the one that replaced the 12 year old system. The new series being recommended to the board brought with it an estimated $364,220.48 cost. One year later the administration is yet again coming to the school board asking for this to grow to $540,000. Over the course of the last 12 months now this initiative has increased its costs by almost 33%.

    Yet again our school system is in a never ending spiral of spending money because a given project was not thought through, documented or planned well in advance. What makes up the $175,779.52 difference? Good question, and one that the schools administration should be held liable to explain. Is there any accountability for missing the mark by so much? What is the next project that we will embark upon just to figure out it is way more expensive than advertised up front? So … where do you stand Mascoutah school district board members?

  42. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    for Mascoutah:
    The first responsibility for the new Mayor and city council in April should be to finished the half- ***ed job that was done on the joints on 6th street last year-killing everyone’s vehicles!
    My second thought is for the new administration is to fire the knucklehead that negotiated the contract with Waste Management and agreed to a 16% rate increase on our behalf. For seniors out there, you can get a lower rate by calling WM and providing proof of age.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Please understand that 6th belongs to the state the city can’t maintain it .the same as Main Street

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      haha glad to see you’ve been paying attention, NOT!

  43. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

    It is sad that the chief of police could not be bothered to attend the Q&A on Sunday to support one of his own officers running for office. But then again, there were no police in the audience that I could see. What does that mean?

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Why does the Police Department now have trucks? Are cars something not good enough for them? They cost so much more. I just don’t see why government can’t live within their means. I’d love to have a new pickup truck, but I can’t afford it.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

        Maybe if the person that wrote this would have listened in on the council meeting they would have known that the trucks were the same price as other police vehicles also understand the police vehicles are made with heavy duty packages

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

        Good grief people. I’d be willing to guess that the police were either working, enjoying their day off or perhaps listening online? Or, maybe the chief of police thought it was best that he do not show favoritism to any particular candidate. Simply based on the appearance of favoritism alone, if I were the chief, I wouldn’t have attended in person.

  44. Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Meet the Candidates forum was so well done by the students of MHS and Mr. Hoskins. Thanks to all the participants. I was able to watch at home and this helped me get a better feel for our current and future leaders. Special thanks to all that are running for office.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      I agree. Hats off to all the candidates who take their time to not only show up to the candidate forum but, also to stick their necks out on the ballot. I for one, made my decision on whom to cast a vote for based on Sunday. I hope everyone else found it as enlightening. Thank you Mr. Hoskins for organizing and moderating

  45. Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I’m a veteran with a service connected disability and I live in Mascoutah. I like it here. I bought a home here. I support the community and local businesses with my patronage. I’ve come to know a lot of very nice people. Now I find out some of you good people don’t like me. Not for any thing I’ve done to you, but because the state legislature and governor passed a law to exempt me from paying property taxes. Do you really believe that it’s my fault the government made a decision you don’t like? Really? How very petty of you. Well it’s probably my fault you didn’t win the lottery too. You won’t make me feel bad about it. Get a life people.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Has nothing to do with people liking or disliking you personally. It’s a stupid law dreamt up by a Republican governor trying to win re-election. In reality the law should be done away with. Disability should be based on service caused, not service related or service connected. Just because someone has a condition or ailment or whatever that started while they were in the military, doesn’t equate to military service causing the condition. If a female retires after 20 years of military service, then a few years later gets diagnosed with breast cancer, doesn’t mean she should all of a sudden get 100% disability and the VA to pay for breast implants. A person in the military decides to play squadron softball and falls and permanently damaged a knee or ankle. Why should he get any VA disability? Playing softball had nothing to do with his military service and is not required as part of his military job. Kudos to all veterans that served. I myself served 26 years, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who wore a military uniform should be getting VA disability payments. If the VA was used for what it was intended for, there wouldn’t be so many milking the system.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2021 at 12:13 am

        A law dreamt up by a Republican governor, that did not win reelection, yet passed by the same democratic General assembly that the same Republicans complain about passing it. Funny how that works. I, for one, don’t have a problem with the tax exemption but, I think it should be limited to a reasonable amount, somewhere around half of what it is now. There’s no reason at all why the disabled veteran exemption should apply to a $450k residence. I don’t think the vets are milking the system, it’s not their fault the system is what the system is.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Indeed. Jealousy. And also a poorly written law. Too generous.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Sorry for what you’re going through. This town is full of back stabbers. Been that way forever.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2021 at 7:58 am

      There are over 170 homes in mascoutah claiming vet disability. Go to st. Clair website and look up addresses, mostly new homes. We wonder why our taxes are so high, the entitlement is obvious. Realtors reap on being able to inflate home prices as they know they have an opportunistic situation, for them. Facts

  46. Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Just watched the news and they were talking about the 3,000 plus illegal immigrant kids that are in cages on our border (same cages Obama built, but Trump was crucified for when he used them) and the 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants in this country. So I was curious as to if they are undocumented how do we know there are 11 million of them? Another thought…the figure of 11 million was being thrown around when Obama was running for president. Does the number ever change? I find it odd that President Harris and Vice President Biden are separating over 3,000 children from their families and the press stays silent.

  47. Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I wish people had to sign their names to the vitriol they spew on these boards. The Herald is not doing anyone a service allowing people to anonymously post. Small towns work because neighbors help neighbors. But after reading what I’m assuming to be a handful of repeat posters bring up their pet rants time after time, I’m questioning my choice to move back here after being gone for years. This column serves no purpose other than to illustrate why someone shouldn’t move into this community. While I believe everyone has a right to speak their mind, I don’t believe everything they say has a right to be published. These boards have been co-opted by a handful of nut jobs who just can’t resist the chance to spew hatred. It won’t stop until enough people cancel subscriptions or The Herald changes it’s policies and posts names along with comments. I’ve chosen the former remedy. I can forego “hometown” news that only makes me sad or angry. Shame on you Herald Pubs, you used to not pander to the lowest denominator.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Many years ago, the Belleville News Democrat eliminated their sound-off line for the same reasons you mention. It is a place where discussion quickly goes to the lowest common denominator and stays there. Sadly, it is a sign of the times that we feel the need to “win” or “own” anyone with whom we disagree. As a society, we are worse for it. The sound-off does not lift our city or call us to service of the greater good.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        Many years ago I just quit wasting money on the Belleville News Democrat altogether. They had a guy named Michael that was constantly making demeaning and nasty comments about anyone that was conservative or a Republican. So one day I cut and pasted his comments to my posting and then I removed every name that was Republican or conservative and replaced those names with Democrat and Liberal names. Did not change any wording other than names. The BND actually removed my posting because it was offensive and hateful and didn’t meet their precious guidelines. This happened twice. So I called and asked for whomever was in charge to call me. And they did. When he called me back and I explained the situation to him, he somehow found my posting and said that it was offensive. So I convinced him to go to Michaels comments and explain to me what was offensive about mine but not Michael’s comments. Then I explained to him that if he looked at the comments he would notice that all I did was cut and paste the comments from Michael and changed only the names. Then I get the “I’ll have to look into it and call you back”. About a week later he called me and said I was correct that my comments should not have been deleted. Then I asked him for a refund for my subscription since someone at the BND had locked me out of my account. He tried to get me to stay with them and said he would find out why I was locked out and fix it. I politely told him no and that I had no more use for their newspaper. He finally agreed to refund me for the subscription. It took about a week but I got a full refund. I have never read that paper since. I can understand why their readership rates have dropped so much.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 9:22 pm

        I agree, in part, that an anonymous blog is not the best way to go about getting your opinion across to the public. Without accountability, we are nothing. But, that doesn’t just go for our elected officials or anyone else that this forum’s users take aim at. It also goes for those of us that post on here. If we dislike the discord on here and, the Herald is going to continue the open forum, so be it. I support the right of the Herald to run this forum but, at the same time, I feel the impetus is now upon those that believe the forum should be run in a different manner. Flood this forum with accolades from things you see around town that are good, flood this forum with compliments that continually go unnoticed, flood this forum with gratitude for being a member of what I believe, is the best community in all of America. Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      You could have signed your name in your post and the Herald would include it if you had done so. But I guess you didn’t want your name associated with your own vitriol.

      • Anonymous on March 19, 2021 at 11:02 am

        I think that comment is applicable to all that post on here, including the ones above that said the person or persons should have signed their name.. even those complaining about lack of signatures aren’t signing.. Weird how its a double standard.. I do think people have a right to say what they want, free speech. It is up to us consumers to choose to digest it, believe it or ignore it. Sometimes the truth does hurt and people don’t have a vessel to communicate it. In today’s time, we do need more positivity, I personally just hope when people post on here, it is factual, that is all we should ask.

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2021 at 7:47 am

      you forgot to sign your name

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      I have no problem signing my name to a comment. It is my right as an American to say what I want and when I want to say it. I don’t care if it is about the mayor, councilmen, or my disgusting next door neighbor who never picks up her dog’s poop. – signed Mr. None Of Your D*** Business.

  48. Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    There is a seriously large, deep pothole on Main Street across the street from First Federal Bank. It’s in the eastbound lane. I have two questions about it. First, who is responsible for maintaining that street (state, county, or city)? And second, which of those three entities will reimburse me for the breaking of my front driver side strut and right front wheel that was bent? I hit that hole at about 25 MPH and it did some expensive damage to my vehicle.

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      I was thinking the same the other day too. State needs to pay for my mechanic bill, or the local Mayor who didn’t get it fixed by State in his 15+ years in office.

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      You should make a claim with IDOT claims office in District 8 Headquarters in Collinsville. The more claims are made the more attention 177 will get.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 8:24 am

      When I notice a pothole I submit a work order on the City website by going to the Help menu. It’s usually fixed quickly. Seriously though, extensive damage at 25MPH?

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

        177 is a state road and the state maintains (or doesn’t maintain) it.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm

        Yes. Broken strut and bent wheel.

  49. Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 7:53 am

    I’m not sure everyone see’s what is going on in Mascoutah with real estate and the overall impact on our community. North of town, real estate prices are sky rocketing. Small homes are being sold for $400k+ and the majority are being sold to military families. The problem with this is most, not all, but most of the military families don’t pay real estate taxes and they get pay adjustments for where they live. So, who is gaining from this?????? Not the locals that actually pay taxes… THE REALTORS! All about that profit. Seems odd that a certain group makes money for building, mortgages, and then selling them.. Definitely vertical integration. Point is, Mascoutah’s real estate taxes are high for one big reason, a loop hole that allows “disabled my rear” vets to buy homes, not to pay taxes, work other jobs, then pay inflated prices due to supply and demand being next to the base on ok homes by greedy realtors. Get a map, see who’s not paying taxes and then go see how disabled they are.. its bull…

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Buddy I’m feeling your pain. Real estate is high all over now its a sellers market .We can complain about the tax advantage of the military, but Governor Rounner wanted to be reelected and got the law passed. Realestate people sell off appraisals for the home owner for the highest price they can get for the seller. Thats American free enterprise. also one factor most aren’t aware of is the lumber market and how it affects home prices. A year ago roof sheeting was $6-$8 now its around $20.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 11:25 am

        I hear what you are saying about the market dictating and the cost of materials going up. These are used houses that are going for these prices, those are just larger margins for seller and realtor.. Talk to some of these realtors, they will say.. most likely we will sell to the base.. The base folks don’t care as they get compensated for the cost of living. My point is.. for the equity of folks in this community that pay real estate property taxes, the prices increase, taxes increase, the more that get disability for using a CPAP or sore arm (don’t get me wrong, appreciate those fine men and women that served and for those that truly deserve the concession), its the ones that use it as part of their overall compensation plan. They want to stand up and say they served but then feel entitled to not contributing to the community and the schools when it comes to paying taxes. BTW i am a retired Air Force Vet… I pay taxes because i think its wrong to use the system.. I volunteered to go in and serve this country, not forced. It was a choice, but i don’t stand on a high horse thinking I am special.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      thank you all you slow joe voters since he cheated to get elected, gas prices up, housing prices up, children crossing the border put in cages that obama built ,just to name a few. at least the fence he built around the capitol is not to keep people out its up because congress is under arrest. the penalty for treason is fireing squad or hanging

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

        I keep hearing how supply and demand is why fuel is up, NOPE.. This isn’t about republican or democrat, it is about a president that focuses on America and their needs. Joe Biden is more concerned about holding hands with other nations vs. taking care of the one he is representing.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

          You say it’s not republican or democrat, then you lay the blame on the president. Which is it, genius?

      • Anonymous on March 17, 2021 at 10:20 am

        Oh boy! A real braniac here!

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      That family is making millions hand over fist. Smart people. Very wise.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm

        They are definitely making a lot of money off of an opportunity given to them. The wise one is the one you don’t see. The others are just used car salesmen. Smile, tell you what you want to hear.

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Actually, military people buying houses here do pay property taxes. It’s the veterans that get 70 % or higher VA disability that don’t pay property taxes. The rest of us pay their property taxes for them. A friend of mine that’s a veteran gets a 40% VA disability so he gets a $5,000 exemption on his property taxes. He has been trying desperately to figure out a way to get that rating bumped to at least 70% so he doesn’t have to pay property taxes. I am a veteran, having retired from active duty after 26 years. I have chronic obstructive sleep apnea, however I don’t get a penny from the VA for it. The reason so many vets get money from the VA for a lot of lame a** ailments is because a large percentage of the VA employees are veterans that have figured out how to work the system and regulations to get money and many of them will tell a veteran how to word the claim paperwork to get money, especially if the VA has denied the claim previously. There are websites that will tell vets how to soak the VA for money. The VA is part of the problem. One common ailment vets like to claim is tinnitus. Some VA centers pay out a 10 % disability claim while other VA centers don’t pay anything. Unfortunately, the VA system is not being utilized for what it’s intended for and way too many people that once wore a uniform and have no integrity somehow feel entitled.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 6:10 pm

        I appreciate your response, as I am also a Vet and I pay taxes. Thank you for restating that.. you are correct it is the Vets, not activity duty. I think almost everyone has obstructive sleep apnea, i know i do but i don’t claim it as i would have that either way, being in the military or not. The VA and the politicians are the problem. I agree with everything you said and again, thank you for clarifying the original comment, its not the active duty, it the entitled Vets that agree, forgot why they were wearing the uniform but not feel the world owes them something. Most went in because they didn’t have a choice to do anything else. God Bless this country and hope our brothers and sisters start looking in the mirror and realizing what they are doing is sad. Should not be part of your retirement program.

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm

          I read your comment four times, just to make sure I wasn’t missing something. You may have a point buried deep inside your disregard for the English language but, I can’t find it. When you gather yourself and want to make a point, feel free to repost…

          • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 6:54 am

            An intelligent person can understand regardless. Point was, we have people that claim to have done great things but now are bottom feeders. Which in turn does nothing but hurt the masses. Read that 4 times and see if you fit the narrative.



  50. Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I don’t understand you people. You spend hours typing comments about trash collecting and chickens or whether a volunteer should be recognized, but you can’t be bothered with voicing outrage about a child being raped. A Senior Airman at Scott Air Force Base sent undercover agents a video showing a prepubescent girl being raped by a man. Fortunately the former airman is now in prison but how many more are out there. ? You should be madder than hell that this is happening and what can be done to stop it, but all you care about is whether your precious community’s rubbage is being picked up and taken out of sight. Contact your legislators and ask what you can do, what agencys can you support or help. Do it before you write another ludicrous comment about trash.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      so that scumbag lived on base 5 miles away not in the city limits of mascoutah?? Alrighty then….

  51. Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Old Dementia Joe strikes again! His administration is deploying FEMA to the Mexico border to help care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant teens and children swarming illegally across our border. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security . It was created by Presidential Order on 1 April 1979. The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. Hey Joe, YOU and your administration are the cause of this ‘disaster’. Come on man!! How about holding a press conference sometime to address some of your moronic decisions. Put away the Obama teleprompter and answer a few questions from the American press.

  52. Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Garbage-Gate continues!! Facebook is now blowing up with accusations of ‘shady’ information and half truths being spoken by our politicians. In addition, people are complaining because their WM bill went up higher than the $2 they expected it to. Hilarious!! If any of you had taken the time to read more than a FB meme or bold head line, you’d have understood that both WM and Republic were increasing their contract rates. The difference in the 2 bids was $2, not the rate of the actual increase. The world blew up about the councils decision to change to Republic, and they did something I believe they should never have done and caved to the vocal social media powered few. Well folks, you got what you wanted, WM is your collector of choice, so please do the rest of us a favor and shut the heck up about what it’s costing you. Had you paid attention to what you were being told, you’d have known exactly what you were getting.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      Trash complaining about trash.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      People I recall one council members questing why it was going up so much. Not 2-5 dollars, but 15-22 dollars and nobody wanted to listen to what he had to say. I have for one have canceled my service with waste management. Im taking my trash to my business dumpster to a reliable sanitation company out of Waterloo. Thank you for the rest of the council members that didn’t fully read the contract.

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:55 pm

        It wasn’t just one council member, it was two. My take is Battas and Baker stood their ground.

        • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:08 pm

          That’s right. I remember that

          • Anonymous on March 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm

            To the person who posted “The reason no one picks on Baker’s volunteering efforts is because there are none.” You must be new to the town. He is a humble selfless man who began his community involvement as a youngster in the Junior Jaycees in the late ‘60’s. Was involved in the relocation of the old train car in the park from the tracks on S. Railway to its current location. He not only has been a member & held office of every civic organization in town but also represented you, Mascoutah citizens, on the County Board prior to his current position, again representing you Mascoutah citizens! Have you enjoyed the Main Street events in the past 10 years or so, Ice Cream Socials, Chili Cook Off’, how about the largest Homecoming Parade in the region, or are you one of those who he’s delivered meals to? Yes, Mike Baker does have an interest in what happens here, he has YOUR interests foremost in his mind & heart! VOTE BAKER, I am!



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

      As along time volunteer, I feel that it’s important to remind people what volunteering really means. To me it means giving of yourself, and to help the community, but not expect a pat on the back or the recondition for the projects they do. When I look around town and the park and see the projects I’ve been involved with and see people enjoying and appreciating them, is gratifying enough. For the real volunteers everyone appreciates your service.

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:44 am

        Kudos to the Volunteers, and businesses around town that contribute continuousl,and ask for nothing but to the people that seem to volunteer for personal/ political gain shame on you.A sincere volunteer doesn’t need their picture in the paper or their Facebook page bragging about what they have done especially at Election Time

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

          If you are talking about the volunteers putting up flag poles at Scheve Park, I don’t see where that is bragging. It was just informing people how they were put up and how it makes the park a little nicer looking. What’s wrong with that? Plus in this town, if you don’t keep people informed of every little, tiny thing, they automatically think the city blew more money. You can’t tell me that someone drove by, saw the flag poles and didn’t say ‘look at what the city spent money on this time. what a waste of our hard earned tax dollars.’

          • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

            New flag poles at the park? Had no clue



          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

            Should have kept the trees. Did the Park Board approve? Was there citizen input? Or do the good ole boys MIA do whatever they want on tax payer ground?



        • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:17 am

          It’s great to see that community involvement. There is nothing wrong with being proud of a project when it’s completed. There’s no personal or political gain. It’s community involvement. It’s nice to see from one candidate.

          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 2:41 pm

            I wish everyone would stop picking on Mayor candidate PAT McMahan he has worked hard the last 3 months to make sure via Facebook and the Herald to let everyone know all the charity work he’s doing please people be easy on him and don’t touch his back I’m sure it’s very sore .Seriously Folks!



          • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm

            The reason no one picks on Baker’s volunteering efforts is because there are none. You can’t brag about doing nothing.



    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:01 am

      I read a Facebook post from Mayor candidate Pat McMahan that waste management contacted him to let him know they would be revised contract out my question to Mr McMahan why they contacted you maybe you have a friend with WM for voting so quickly in their favor without reading the contract I’m just John Q. Public I was told last Wednesday they were sending out a revised contact.maybe I should have posted my findings on Wednesday I may have got a few votes for Mayor.

      • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 5:11 am

        It’s not a revised contract. It is a revised statement that declaring the fact that all services will continue as it was before.

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 7:54 am

        I would ask if they contacted all of the council? This sounds very fishy. You would sure think they would be in contact with the city manager, not a flip flopping city council member running for mayor. It would be interesting to see how much conversations they had with him between the first and second votes of the contract.

  53. Anonymous on March 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I don’t care who is new mayor, as long as the winner eliminates the asst. city manager position & appoints a new city clerk. Time for change! And also lowers electric water sewer rates, or sells to Ameren & Illinois American Water.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      hellllllz yea, I’m loving me some of dat! win win & savings all around baby!

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:48 pm

        Huh? Your post is even harder to understand than the others

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      I agree, we create positions and for what? Lets get real, this is a small town, these people aren’t that busy. And talk about spending extra money, we now have 2 F-150 police trucks.. are we in Colorado or something?? Come on. How about helping the families in town during this pandemic.. Lets take a look at that surplus and give some back!

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:00 am

        So, instead of spending tax dollars on the police force in town, you’d rather the city dole out money in the form of handouts. I bet I know which way you voted for president.

  54. Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I would be curious to what either one of the mayoral candidates would do to the councilmen’s property located near Jefferson’s restaurant that has numerous code violations and disrepair. The current mayor and administration has done nothing to make the property owner clean up his property.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 2:19 am

      Seriously? Has this not been hashed out enough already? That councilman has already said he’d clean it up and it’s not an issue for the mayoral candidates to have to be distracted by. You people are unreal.

      • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        There’s a few on main st that need demoed

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:50 pm

          Maybe. But also maybe not. Talk to the council and the city manager about it. In my opinion, they are receptive to your questions

      • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 7:50 am

        He said he would clean it up over 2 years ago. How long does he get. I think that is the writer’s question for the candidates. How long does a citizen get to bring their property back up to code.

  55. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    So, with all the pro teams changing their names like Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, etc., because their current names are insensitive, offensive and degrading to Native Americans, when will Mascoutah High School do the right thing and change their name from the Mascoutah Indians? Come on Mascoutah, we can do better. After all, what values are we teaching our children especially since America was settled through genocide and ethnic cleansing?

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Can we really do better, though? If Mascoutah were to change its respectful mascot, you would just find something else to complain about or to impose upon others your newly-found insensitivity. After all, what values are we teaching our children if they are constantly reminded that tolerance is a one-way street?

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      Here we go again. Give me a break. Mascoutah shouldnt change and hopefully won’t give in to the minority who are offended by everything including my fart

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 9:15 pm

        Couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, with the indignance recently inherited by the left, this nonsense will not stop anytime soon.

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 10:53 pm

          I think the school board should vote to change the mascot. It is offensive

          • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 6:27 am

            I agree….Let’s submit this to the school board!



          • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 8:12 am

            Next Sunday is the candidate forum for the school board election. I beg of you to ask them about it and see where that goes



        • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 12:16 pm

          would you please tell us how the mascot offends you and how it affects your life,does it affect your sleep?or causes you to drink or do drugs?are you completely depressed about it?please let us know,we are all worried about you!!!!!

          • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 7:23 pm

            Any use of Native American names or symbols by non-native sports teams is a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping that promotes misunderstanding and prejudice which contributes to other problems faced by Native Americans. To use the name and symbols by non-Native Americans, including the tomahawk wave, further disrespects a nation subjugated to genocide and ethnic cleansing by descendants of the same people who now want to use those symbols for their own selfish pleasures. These actions teach our children and instils the value that it is okay to disrespect others as long as they are not adversely impacted and with disregard to others. Maybe it’s time we give something back, if not respect, to the very people we took this land from. After all, how would you feel if the situation was reversed?



    • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 10:55 am

      If Mascoutah caves to this well, it wouldn’t surprise me. Freeburg told these whinning b****es what to do with changing there high school mascot. Let’s see if Mascoutah will fold.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Savages! Christopher Columbus was a brilliant epic monumental divine legend. One of the best.

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2021 at 6:26 am

      I think you mean, “their”? But then again, it shows the ignorance and illiteracy of some of the locals who spout “their” nonsense here, “there” and everywhere. Get it?

  56. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:18 am

    It has come to my attention that a current city council member and perspective mayor candidate owns a home based real estate business. His address on his website is listed as 330 Grant Dr. When i looked up that address on the city’s website, the zoning designation is RS-10. I then went to the city code and and under sec 34-5-11 the permitted uses are: a.Single family dwellings b. additional uses determined to be similar and consistent with those listed above (single family dwellings) c. Elementary and secondary schools. There are conditional uses allowed, which require “The city council by conditional use permit after public hearing by the planning commission …”. No real estate services listed on the conditional lists. Section 34-5-80 is the the neighborhood commercial district. This is where under services and uses, real estate businesses are to be located. I do not remember seeing a public notice for a conditional permit at his listed business address, which is in a RS-10 zoning district. My question to said candidate and the city administration is why has he not had to follow the codes and ordinances he has passed and helped enact. This seems to be a very strong case as “to do as i say, not as i do”. I support small business ownership. I just think that a mayoral candidate and current city council member should definitely have to abide by the rules that they set.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:33 am

      You’ve went to a lot of work to let residents know this. So my question is, will you apologize if you find out you are wrong?

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 10:59 am

        The information that is available on the City’s website indicate that this information is correct. I reviewed past planning commission meetings and noticed a few variance applications to run a business in a residential zoned district. I will apologize if wrong, but the information presented to the public does not seem to change the thought that the mayoral candidate has not followed the rules that he, as a council member, has set. That is a big problem.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm

          Given the fact the mayor let a councilman slide by with the property behind Jefferson’s does this really surprise anyone. Maybe i should get to know the politicians better so I can get by with code violations. Got to love small towns.

          • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:22 pm

            I agree, they will never do anything. It is an embarrassment to this town. I liked the mayors interview in the paper last week, I wish he could have said his greatest accomplishment was getting the council member to bring his property up to code!



    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      This is very interesting, if true. He should have to publicly answer this. The city has rules that everyone must obey. This is not right that the city manager does not follow up on these issues. I know its hard to stand up to your “bosses” but its the right thing to do. We are all watching.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      If you read all applicable sections of the code you will find that Pat is abiding by the rules and is allowed to have this type of home based business.
      Sec. 34-7-17 – Home Occupations – (b) permitted home occupations… (8) office facility of a salesman, sales representative, or manufacturers representative, provided no retail or wholesale transactions are made on the premises.

      • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 2:29 pm

        I would argue since the code specifically calls out real estate in the neighborhood district and not in the code you are referencing. Does pat’s clients ever meet at his house? Based on this section of the code they cannot. I have never heard a real estate agent referred to a salesman.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

          You seem awful knowledgeable about this subject. Should we assume you are either a past councilman, a current councilman, or someone at City Hall. Who else would care or go through all this trouble? If you have something against the candidate, just say it. Quit pretending you are doing it for the good of the people.

          • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm

            I might be, might not be. But I do think our elected officials should be held to the same standard as everyone else. They just aren’t. The one council member that has a house by Jeffersons is a perfect example. He acknowledged that he needed to fix up his property and went out there a couple of times and then stopped. That is unacceptable. They should lead by example.



        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:14 pm

          I believe the operative phrase here is “no retail or wholesale transactions”. I would indeed consider myself a “sales person” for my real estate brokerage, McMahan Realty Group. I haven’t asked for or expected any “favors” or preferential treatment” in regards to my business, mine is no different than any other home based business.
          Seriously guys, you’re trying to besmirch me for owning a home based business?
          ~ Pat McMahan

          • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Pat, I appreciate all you currently do and have done for this community. We need more residents with your servant’s heart and less anonymous hit jobs.



          • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 11:53 am

            Pat,
            Thanks for your tireless volunteer efforts in the community. You help make things better than you found them. I salute your longstanding involvement in boosting the city.
            It is a sign of the times to see you attacked and have your character put into question.
            Don’t be deterred by the bull. I, and many others, appreciate your community spirit.
            Gene Isbell



    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      You are indeed very much mistaken. Was wondering when the “politicking” would start…

      Check out Sec. 34-7-17.-Home occupations.
      ~ Pat McMahan, Mascoutah Mayoral candidate

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      Savage! Bold. Strategic.

      • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 7:36 am

        LOL

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2021 at 8:19 am

      That is not a good candidate for this town as a mayor, conflict of interest.. He has a short temper and rubs elbows with too many people. I hope the public can see through this and vote for a real previous business owner…

  57. Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I just read the mayors column on the heralds facebook page and am disappointed. I applaud both Mike Baker and Pat McMahan for willing to run for mayor. What I am disappointed in is the current holder of that office is trying to influence people into who to vote for. The herald is holding a candidate’s forum on Sunday March 21 to allow the voters to be informed of the views of each candidate. I question why would the mayor want to make an endorsement of a particular candidate? Does he want to continue to have influence over the mayor’s office? I respect mayor gerry and appreciate the amount of time and efforts he has put into making Mascoutah a better place. I just wish he would have withheld his opinion in this race, especially till after the candidate forum. I haven’t made up my mind in this race yet, but this is nudging me into a certain direction.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 9:34 am

      A politician whose term in office is over or chooses to retire can endorse a candidate at any time. There is no timeframe for this announcement. It’s just his opinion. It doesn’t make it right or wrong.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      He can endorse anyone he wants whenever he wants

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 8:03 am

      I have no issue with the mayor giving his opinion about who should be the next mayor. His opinion is well-respected. I do wonder though if the mayor’s corner section of the Herald is offered to him for free? Any other political ad would be charged a fee I think

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Sounds like the current Mayor would still like to “run” the City even when he is out of office.

  58. Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Just saw Mascoutah has dropped to a 6/10 for the high school ranking. We used to be up near 8-9 out of 10. Just wondering what the issue is and if it has changed since the principal changed a few years back.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Greatschools.org still has the high school rated as 8/10

  59. Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Gas prices today, 3/9/2021: Circle K 177 & Greenmount: $2.55; Saxs: $2.92; Quick Mart: $2.82; MotoMart: $2.95; Casey’s: $2.95. Now tell me there’s no gas mafia in Mascoutah. I always drive the 5 miles to Circle K and get gas. Today it saved me over $8.00.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      I sometimes drive to Missouri just across the JB bridge. Last week I got gas for .52 cents less per gallon than it was here. The savings are worth the drive. I posted this before but one of the owners of a gas station in town once told me that the gas in Mascoutah was higher than Belleville because the delivery trucks have to drive further to get to Mascoutah. Yet several towns further east of us are usually cheaper than us even though trucks drive further to get to them.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Having posted the earlier comment about the gas being cheaper in Missouri and just about every town around us, I wanted to clarify something. That is, the owners of the stations in town do not own the gas or the pumps and they don’t control the prices. They get daily calls from their distributors telling them what the new prices need to be. Even if the prices don’t change, they still get a call telling them to keep the current price. So please don’t complain or bitch to the owners of our gasoline establishments.

  60. Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Does anyone know if the school district will be doing anything for the class of 2021 seniors? So much effort was put into giving the seniors of the class of 2020 something special because they missed out on the last 2 months of their senior year, while the 2021 seniors are now over 6 months into their senior year and have seen squat. When questioned, the administration says they are working on it…and now here we are 2 months before graduation still waiting on something, anything….I get school administration is busy with covid related issues, but they were busy with similar covid issues last year and still managed to make a huge deal for the 2020 seniors

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      I have not heard anything yet. Just checked the district’s News page and Event page…nothing. Unlike last year, no school board member has a kid graduating this year, so the issue might not be as pressing both in terms of dissemination and content as it was for last year’s class. Probably no news until after Spring Break. I’m sure they all will come up with something very worthy during their vacation.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:17 am

        In the past couple weeks there has been an adopt a Mascoutah high school 2021 graduate group on Facebook that has been celebrating the 2021 class. There has been discussion about ideas for prom and graduation venue that are in the works as well. Guessing nothing will be shared until it’s a ‘for sure’ thing.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:00 am

      Is it that much of an accomplishment to graduate high school now? I, for one, don’t think that it is. Rather than have some faux celebration for an achievement that should be considered commonplace now, how about you stop blaming the school district about whether they’ll have some sancramonious ceremony to celebrate a foregone conclusion? Maybe start thinking about real life and, instead of having a graduation party for, why not a party to discuss how important it is to make the most of college, or the trade that he or she is pursuing?

  61. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    This is the most cruel, backstabbing town I’ve ever lived in. I can’t wait until we are reassigned.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      Do tell. Sounds juicy.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      I felt the same way every time I had to live in base housing. But thru the years I learned that you will run into the same things to dislike no matter what town or state you live in. Every town has the good and the bad.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 8:01 am

        We lived in a town once where the mayor was arrested on a DUI. After multiple times, the aldermen finally forced him to resign. I’ll never know how he got elected int he first place. If the article I read in the paper is not exaggerating, and this mayor has a long history of being involved in different organizations and state committees, and devotes his life to Mascoutah, why do citizens complain about him? What am I missing? I wouldn’t know the man if I met him on the street, but from what I read, he seems decent and someone I would want supporting my town.

        • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm

          My wife and i have know Jerry for many years. Everything you read is true. He is devoted to his family and his church and mascoutah. He has done the best he could for us. We voted for him each time he was up for reelection and never hesitated. I hope the new mayor is that loyal to our community.

        • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:19 am

          Right! And you want out of here? At least Mascoutah only ran the former city manager out of town after a DUI.

          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 6:56 pm

            I’m pretty sure he resigned. Nobody “ran him out”.



        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:01 am

          What’s wrong with getting q DUI every now and then?

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Whenever I need a good dose of backwards, narrow-minded people with their heads up their backsides, I read Sound Off in the Mascoutah Herald and feel so glad at what I left in 1975! The town nor their stupidity have not changed. Having travelled and lived all over the world since then, it is clear that the many of natives are a product of inbreeding and myopic lunacy.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 7:54 pm

        Do you ever come back to visit your uncle daddy or aunt mommy?

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

          See what I mean? 😉

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:54 am

        Ha. And here I thought the last product of inbreeding left in 1975.

  62. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Harry and Meghan please go back to Canada or the UK. Nobody cares about you. You both are irrelevant. Please leave.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Nobody cares about this comment either. Please leave.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 9:53 pm

        You cared enough to respond to my comment. How sweet.

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      Meghan whines that her son doesn’t get the title of prince because he has a small amount of black in him. When in truth he doesn’t get the title of prince due to letters issued by King George V way back in 1917. She’s just trying to destroy Harry’s family like she did to her own family.

  63. Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:15 am

    I noticed that about every store I go into now has an abundance of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, masks and disinfectant spray. Some are even heavily discounting the stuff to get rid of it. I still have the one bottle of disinfectant spray and two bottles of hand sanitizer from a year ago. I am so glad I didn’t stock pile these items like so many people did.

  64. Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I am 100% Team Pat! I think he is best candidate for our city.

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:59 am

      he’s lived here 13 years? other guy i think 60+

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:36 am

        Thanks for the info, even though it’s irrelevant.

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:24 am

        17 ?

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      100% team Mike! We need true leadership and a can do attitude. Mike should be the candidate of choice. Small business owner, devoted volunteer, and our future leader!

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        “Former” small business owner, and questionable volunteer.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

          What does former have to do with anything? Other candidate is a former postmaster

          • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:27 am

            McMahon owns his own “current” business too, McMahon Realty Group



          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 2:03 am

            Maybe the candidate forum will end this debate…



        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

          One Mayor candidate really likes the “PAT” on the back when he volunteers or cooks dinner. Just look at FB. The other does so with out the need for recognition.

  65. Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Kudos to all the elected officials in our community. These people donate or receive little compensation, as city council members, and tirelessly work hard for the residents and taxpayers. It is really sad we have a group that choose to try to berate them on a forum that people can hid behind their keyboards. I have personally discussed items with both members of the council and school board and found them to be caring and listening individuals. I would challenge those who like to criticize to pick up a petition and put your name on a ballot and run for public office. Keep up the good work elected officials! Don’t let those few discourage you.

    • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:06 am

      I agree, I sometimes wonder how we have any citizens willing to put their name on the ballot in this town. In today’s society, it is way easier to criticize on a platform as the sound off or social media then to pickup the phone or send an email to discuss an issue or a complaint.

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 11:04 am

        I’m really excited about the change in leadership in our city government. New Mayor and 2 new council leaders. Might bring new ideas. For once I feel like we have options for the council. 6 candidates that are all very different. Not many well known candidates either , in my opinion. Although I’m anxious to hear more about them , I like that we have a variety to choose from. Anyone have any insight on best candidates? Would like to see someone who Is younger , but it seems we only have older residents running as usual.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 9:23 pm

          I am glad finally getting a new mayor too. Well over due for new voice

          • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

            Will we have new administration too? Or the same manager and assistant?



        • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm

          Nick Seibert is younger and would be great for Mascoutah.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2021 at 1:09 pm

          You should attend the candidate forum coming up soon. I think you’ll appreciate the insight from that more than the anonymous opinions offered on here.

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2021 at 4:27 pm

          Henry the cop Glander, is about as fair minded, straight shooter there is. I know he has been a police officer here for years and is retiring soon and decided to run for City Council, I would say nobody knows the inside of this city better than he does.

  66. Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Does anyone know if the high school basketball games will be opened up to the public? I thought it was just parents of the family, but I heard that the school board members are allowed to take their families. Just curious if and when those of us who are not entitled can return.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Up to 50 people. So pretty sure each player gets to bring certain number of family members.

      • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

        I think it was sarcasm because the school board president brought several of his family members into the game when there are actually some family members that cannot even go watch their kids play because the capacity was already filled. Tough spot for the AD to be put into.

        • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 2:37 pm

          I doubt the AD cares who shows up…parents or board members. As long as the kiddos get a chance to play that is all that should matter.

          • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 7:23 am

            Yeah, kiddos. I hope they brought their crayons, macaroni and glue.



      • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm

        I heard it was only a certain board member, not the whole board

        • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:21 pm

          I have seen multiple board members at games. How do you know if they are not allowed to go.

          • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 12:25 pm

            Please know that ALL board members were NOT offered entry to the basketball games or other sports events this season. It’s discouraging to know that one persons actions reflect on all 7.



    • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Did the board member have a wrist band like was required? Are they considered a school official and do not need said wrist band. It is easy to jump to conclusions on the sound off page of the herald.

  67. Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I am an author living in Mascoutah who is getting ready to publish his first mystery/romance. However, the book is male/male. If I try to promote this book in my hometown, would I be burned at the stake? Would it be better to promote it elsewhere? I am asking for serious opinions, please.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      Isn’t the goal of promoting a book to get someone to buy it? To do this, you need reach your target audience. Knowing nothing about the books substance, you’ll have to ask yourself if you feel your work will be something the home town folk in Mascoutah IL will connect with and want to purchase. If the answer is yes, then Mascoutah would be great. If the answer is no, then perhaps a location where you’re able to reach a larger number of people would be a better option. Facebook feeds, St Louis radio stations etc. If you decide on Mascoutah you won’t be ‘burned at the stake’, we haven’t had a good burning at the stake since Covid hit lol. It all comes down to one simple thing, either the book is good, or it isn’t. The sexual orientation of the characters doesn’t matter to an avid reader if the story line has substance and holds interest. I wish you the best of luck!

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      You shouldn’t be. As a conservative, I believe you have the right not only to exercise your beliefs but, also, to monetize them if the market sees fit for you to do so. Go for it and leave the naysayers behind!

      • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

        It is one thing to promote the book (and yes I’m nervous about that) in larger cities or even different states, and of course the internet. But you never meet those people. However to talk to someone who has been your neighbor for years, to see people you know in Tom’s or Dollar General, and suddenly make actual eye contact with someone who read the sex scenes, is daunting. I’m not ashamed of the book or the male/male characters. I guess I’m just scared because this is my home and I can’t simply shut it off like you can a computer. Maybe I should have added a chicken to the story to get their minds off the gay characters…LOL

        • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 7:49 am

          I’m confident that Mascoutah residents can handle it.

  68. Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Anyone ever wonder why we have to pay for our kids to park at the high school? We pay for that parking lot and the facilities already thru our property taxes. Seems to me it’s nothing more than a money grab. On two different occasions during school registration, I asked several “high ranking” school officials why we have to pay for our students to park there. The deer-in-the-headlights look from each individual was priceless. Not one single person could tell my we have to pay for our students to park there, when in reality we already pay for that parking lot. Two people didn’t even attempt to answer the question. Also, do teachers and other staff have to pay to park there? If not, why? They should be required to pay just as the students do.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      I agree 100% its a joke to have to pay to go to school. That’s Mascoutah

  69. Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Slow Joe Biden is banning Dr. Seuss books from the Read Across America program. I can understand why he would. Watching him read from a teleprompter it’s obvious the Dr. Seuss books are far above his reading comprehension level. Maybe he can enlist the aid of the Jihad Squad to burn the books he wants to ban.

    • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Don’t forget about removing gender from a plastic potato. It never ends with the liberalism!

      • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 10:16 pm

        Why is the gender of Mr. Potato Head being cancelled? Are we going to cancel the gender of Mrs. Potato Head? Come on. There is only 3 genders: female, male and it.

        • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 10:22 pm

          Exactly. The liberals have now defined it for us. But, they say it’s male, female and non-binary.

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Yeah, the orange turd was SO much more eloquent! That’s sarcasm.

      • Anonymous on March 7, 2021 at 10:19 pm

        I’d rather have the orange turd than the brain dead turd we have now.

  70. Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 9:42 am

    It’s Irish American history month. Let’s party.

    • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Can we? Are we sure that isn’t offensive or ethnist in some way? We should probably check with the PC police before we plan any celebration that may be demeaning to any particular group.

      • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        Personally I’m offended by the leprechaun

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:06 am

          Why?

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:59 am

          Why? Because they are short?

          • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 1:11 pm

            Because it’s trendy to be offended. I don’t want to be left out. I’m offended by being left out, too.



    • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:03 am

      It’s also Women’s History Month, so I’m going to celebrate Irish American women.

      • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:57 pm

        Can’t. It’s racist.

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 10:13 pm

          No it’s not. Nothing racist about being proud of your race. A person should be proud of their race, whether it’s brown, white, bl**k, red, yellow, or whatever color they identify with.

          • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 7:19 am

            Did you seriously use the ** instead of writing the actual word black? My goodness, this is what it’s come to people.



          • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 8:57 pm

            I was born a white male, but currently choose to identify as a 49% Native American/51% black female. My plans are to run for congress and see who has the guts to challenge my right to choose.



      • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm

        As a red blooded American male, I celebrate all women every day. The world would be an extremely boring place to live without you!

  71. Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    The Superintendent’s pay continues to go up while the students’ performance goes down! It’s no surprise that our school board continues unanimously to raise Fiegel’s base pay while, nearly across the board, the students’ aptitude levels, particularly in reading and math, continue to proceed lower. His total pay equals his base pay plus performance pay. The performance pay, per his contract, is determined by the board each year. The performance factors are closely held by the board and redacted from any superficial requests for district salary information. The board rates his performance against several performance factors, then determines what additional amount to add to his yearly base. His total pay is currently well over $200,000 per year. If you’re a property owner in the district, this pay comes from your yearly taxes. Of the eight taxing bodies that mutually collect (and receive) our taxes each year, the school district is by far the largest recipient of our money, at 57% of the total take. The second highest is the City of Mascoutah at 17%. Fiegel’s pay literally goes from your bank account to his credit union account (only three accounts in between) when you pay your yearly taxes. Next obvious question for the school board is how much performance pay will they award Fiegel this evaluation period in light of the deteriorating student performance? All of the district’s teachers will also receive pay raises of 3% this period per their union’s current contract with the district…including the full-time, work from home librarian! As the largest employer in the city of Mascoutah, it is no wonder why our property taxes will never go down when the school board has no problem spending other people’s money on exorbitant executive educators’ salaries while permitting the district’s personnel overhead and indirect educational spending to grow, year after year. In addition to annual total pay, Fiegel enjoys over a month of paid vacation time, paid sick time, funded travel, and will receive a very generous public-funded pension once he departs the administration building. Military associated enrollment in the district continues to trend lower, falling short of the district’s public annual projections. This enrollment number is the primary anchor and metric used for expanding nearly all of the district’s account balances, setting the equalized assessments (i.e. tax percentages), and justifying every expense from buildings to buses.

    • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      The Mascoutah Education Association is having a Meet & Greet on Sunday, March 14. The Mascoutah Herald is hosting an in-person candidates’ forum on Sunday, March 21. Maybe you could prepare your questions and ask them at these events. I can’t imagine there would be a better time.

    • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 8:06 am

      I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you but, where is the evidence you refer to that student performance is deteriorating? Perhaps in light of all of the recent modifications to student attendance and curricula any recent decrease in student achievement isn’t the ideal benchmark to use to evaluate.

    • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      As long as I have ,thru past superintends the complaint about pay has always been an issue. I’m not defending or condemning his pay. There are approx. 4500 people, multiple buildings and buss transportation he is in charge of. SO he makes $45.00 a year per person he is responsible for. To compare i have 12 people I’m responsible for I make $93,000. that’s $7750.00 per person per year.

      • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 8:09 am

        I’m not informed sufficiently as to determine whether or not the superintendent is deserving of such a high salary and his extreme pay raises. However, I am concerned as to why the school board decided to cancel his contract (that he agreed to by signing it) and drafted a new one that extends his tenure and gives him a hefty pay raise and two more pay increases. And it was done unanimously. Apparently not one member was against it or questioned it. He must be planning on retiring at the end of the new contract, so he needs those pay raises to be able to retire and pocket $200,000 a year in retirement. Maybe when he retires the school board will hire him as a “consultant” at $200,000 a year.

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 8:50 pm

          None of you have PhD’s, nor are close to qualified as Craig is.

          • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 11:46 pm

            Does two Master of Science degrees count? There is nothing/zero magical about a PhD in terms of effective execution and management, heck we have two of them working in the district’s Administration Support Building right now.

            Define qualified. Really don’t understand your narrow point. Besides, I am not on the employment track to be a school district superintendent, but many others are. Is the competition qualified, and if so, could that person be hired by (all of) us for less? Maybe you wouldn’t like that since you like Craig so much?



          • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 12:20 am

            What we need to hire is an EdD not a PhD. That’s part of the performance problem. Mascoutah CUSD #19 deserves an educator superintendent not a philosopher. All six school board members have locked us into another excessive, two-year public-private contract. Maybe they can reverse their unanimous decision like the city council recently did (on the trash service) if the ink isn’t dry yet. By the way, is there any requirement for board training refresher courses? Such as every three years. Some board members haven’t taken their mandatory 5-6 development and training courses since 2012 (board President)! Another high tenure member last logged several of her required CBT courses back in 2013.



          • Anonymous on March 4, 2021 at 4:35 pm

            Obviously you do not have a degree at all, the school board has 7 members. Maybe you need to take off a shoe to count since you don’t have all your fingers on your hand. Definitely not from Mascoutah, our school system produces better talent.



      • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:06 pm

        Excellent point. Are you, by chance, paid by tax dollars? Not that it matters but, that seems to be the complainer’s point. That, somehow, because Dr Fiegel, who I wholeheartedly support, is not worth the same accommodation that you are, simply because he’s paid by tax money.

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 10:19 pm

          Unfortunately I’m not paid by tax dollars. I wish I were because I’d be better off financially.

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:46 am

        You’re not paid based on how many people you are responsible for . If that was the case then a WalMart or Target manager should easily make 6 figures but they don’t. If a teacher has 20 students should they be paid $93,000? You said the superintendent’s pay has always been an issue. That in itself should mean something.

    • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 9:20 pm

      He’s worth every penny.

      • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 8:01 am

        Based on what criteria?

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

        Not my penny. He is paid more pennies than any other school superintendent in the metro east! As a citizen of Mascoutah, and a tax payer, I don’t believe our school district warrants such a high administrator’s total compensation (a public funded compensation). What is a short list (3-5 items) of personal accomplishments within the district that justifies the superintendent’s pay? Or, are we thru our school board, paying an above market price for what is essentially an average administrator and very average manager? The average school superintendent salary in the United States is $164,444. How, or on other words in what way(s), is Craig $33,000 above average every year (and that’s just base pay!)? Craig presents his case for compensation to the school board, and every board member does nothing but nods their heads. It’s not just their money being spent; it’s our money they are spending. What do they actually fear if they had to competitively bid the position today?

        • Anonymous on March 5, 2021 at 9:11 am

          I would be curious as to what your profession is? Not sure how many CEO’s across the country are competitively bid. Not sure really how many professions are competitively bid besides professional sports. I feel Dr. Fiegel is doing a great job and just so happens that he is nearing the end of his career. That is why his earnings are higher. I believe you get what you pay for.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 7:52 am

      I have always felt that Illinois should do away with having a superintendent for every school district. We should be like Florida and have regional superintendents. So instead of thousands of them we would have a handful. As an example, one regional superintendent could be in charge of Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair county schools.

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        We have those too

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2021 at 11:09 pm

        I agree. More positives than negatives under that administerial construct.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2021 at 5:32 am

      Wow, I’m sorry what? I fell asleep reading your post.

  72. Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 11:54 am

    My husband and I were talking about the upcoming april election, and we are rather excited. It is the first time in many many years that we will have a new mayor. I have always like mayor Daugherty but it will be interestting to see what new plans the new mayor has.

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Both will have unrealistic agenda items, and promises will not be met…….Just like any other politician when campaigning pre election day

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

        Wow! Let your negativity shine there, Buttercup!!! You haven’t even heard their platforms yet.

        • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 4:48 am

          How would you know? I have spoken to both of them several times the last 9 months

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:59 pm

          It’s mayor of Mascoutah do we really expect platforms? What does the mayor do besides cut ribbons at new business openings

          • Anonymous on March 6, 2021 at 8:04 am

            He declares national prayer breakfast day (every year) and national pancake day.



  73. Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Why are Mascoutah school bus drivers not required to wear masks while driving our children? I passed six Mascoutah school buses on my way out of town this morning. Only one driver was wearing a mask. Teachers, students, and school personnel are required to wear a mask. Why not bus drivers? As I drove into Belleville, I noted that every driver of the First Student (Belleville district) buses was masked. I’m disappointed in our district.

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 9:11 am

      My experience has been the opposite, all school bus drivers I’ve seen had had masks on. Are you sure the buses you saw weren’t empty?

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm

        That’s a great point, and something I hadn’t considered. Thanks; I hope you’re right!

  74. Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Maybe the herald needs to hire a proof reader. Sure are good at dates for fundraising dinners

  75. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    It’s really a shame that the north end of County Road is being used as a place for people to throw their trash out the window. My guess is it’s probably some ignorant kids who don’t have any common sense. Would love to see a security camera that could catch them in the act and then make these culprits not only clean up this area of road but also be forced to pick up trash around the entire city.

  76. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Does anyone know why Pizza Hut is not allowing dine-in? I can understand not having the lunch buffet, but what would be the purpose of not letting customers enter like the other restaurants?

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 4:58 pm

      I read an article some time ago that the Pizza Hut chain had plans to convert many of their stores to carry out/delivery only. My guess is ours will be one of those affected. If I were the owner, I would opt for that rather than spend money to update the current 1970’s decor. Besides, with the push to ramp minimum wage up to $15/hr, eliminating the need for dining room staff only makes good business sense.

  77. Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Interesting timing on the new Pizza place coming to town. Strategic. Savage. Cold blooded.

    • Anonymous on February 26, 2021 at 10:40 am

      It’s been in the works for months if I am not mistaken. But someone does seem to be trying to take advantage of good timing lol

    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 9:12 am

      I must be missing something

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

        the new pizza restaurant owners are sons of one of the mayoral candidates.

        • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

          So what? A new business is a new business. Doesn’t matter who they are related to.

          • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:08 pm

            Interesting. I don’t think one has to do with the other but, I looked at the new pizza place’s menu and I’m interested in some wings.



    • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      I’ve never thought someone investing money in a new local business could be considered savage and cold blooded…..good grief. I had heard Joe’s Pizza began looking at Mascoutah when the pizza place that used to be where Coffee World is now shut down (next to the visitor center). That was years ago. Feel free to express your disagreement with who I’m sure is a hard working businessman, by not visiting the new restaurant when it ultimately opens. Please stay away so I don’t have to wait in line behind you to get in.

      • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 3:10 pm

        They better install solar panels to run those ovens! Or be hooked up to Ameren Gas.

        • Anonymous on March 1, 2021 at 6:09 pm

          Ummm….we’re all hooked up to Ameren gas. Guess that was a try at a jab to our electric rates. You missed!

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      The Joe’s that’s opening has been in the works for over 2 years.

  78. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    The recent Crime Reform Bill signed into law by Governor Pritzker is the biggest piece of trash I have ever read. I encourage everyone to read it and not a simple summary. It is nothing but pandering and placating to the recent trend of anti-police/pro-criminal movement in this country. It will mean bad news for the law abiding citizens in this state, increase unnecessary burdens on the police to do their jobs and ultimately could be dangerous to not only the public safety of Illinois citizens but, to the public safety infrastructure as a whole. Terrible.

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      I agree 100%. The biggest burden for small town Illinois will be the cost of provisioning the necessary equipment to be compliant, I believe that has to be funded locally. Since our fellow Mascoutah residents insisted on paying more than they had to for garbage collection, I’m sure a tax increase to fund the bill requirements won’t be a problem.

  79. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

    How many people work at the library?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 1:27 am

      Shhhh…. Be quiet when you ask that question.

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:27 pm

        (whispering very, very softly) Sorry. How many people work at the library?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      During a shift, 3-4 max.

      • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

        Psst… Keep it down over there

        • Anonymous on February 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

          (blinking in code so I don’t make a sound.) Better?

          • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 11:39 am

            Well played



  80. Anonymous on February 23, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Just a question after noticing the new Gambling place on main street , how many are enough? Do we want to keep Mascoutah or have Mas Vegas? Is there a limit on the number of gambling license the city issues?

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      I believe I am correct is saying the City doesn’t issue gaming license’s, the Illinois Gaming Commission does. The City issues business and liquor licenses, both of which are required by the gaming commission. Personally, I would rather see a gambling place generating tax revenue than an empty store front. The issue you should be voicing is the decrease in revenue of long time established business’s because of these new locations. There are only so many people foolish enough to think they will ever come out ahead on these machines, and the establishment only gets a cut of the revenue generated from the machines they own. The City gets their portion from each machine within the city limits, so it’s a win-win for them. By the way, you can pull up individual machine data through the State of Illinois. It would amaze you to see the amount of money that flows through these machines in a months time.

    • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Many Illinois towns are looking the same.
      Just going to have to deal with the tackiness.

    • Anonymous on February 28, 2021 at 11:41 am

      I remember a recent council meeting where one of the council members brought up the same concerns. I don’t remember which one. I’d have to go back and read the minutes from the city’s website.

  81. Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 5:47 am

    The Chamber of Commerce wants me to shop in Mascoutah.
    The least they can do then is clean the downtown sidewalks after a snowfall.

    • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      If you are 65 or older there are available appointments for the covid vaccination at Belleville Memorial Hospital.

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:28 pm

        My aunt just got divorced. What’s that got to do with anything?

      • Anonymous on February 25, 2021 at 5:15 pm

        Yes, all the old timers should be vaccinated by now. Pretty easy.

    • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Right. It’s the Chamber’s responsibility to shovel snow now. If they did, people would complain that the city didn’t do it

  82. Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Let me see. You put a contract up for bid. The city council unanimously chooses the less expensive option for the same level of service. A few people start going nuts on facebook and two councilmen and the mayor’s spines turn to jelly. Now in addition to paying sky high property taxes and utility rates, I have to pay more for trash service! Thank you to Councilmen Battas and Baker. The only two adults in the room!

    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

      I wholeheartedly second this opinion.

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:30 pm

        Remember the votes at election time. That’s the only advice I can offer

    • Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Mascoutah was a Union Town forever, now since the City Manager took over, they use nothing but SCAB labor. Sad that the City workers are union and they don’t complain about using SCAB Contractors. NEVER WAS LIKE THAT WHEN DICK SITTON WAS MANAGER.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      Seems like this would open a can of worms for all the contracts that were not awarded to the low bidder. Seems like there was a time when they were purchasing equipment or vehicles and didn’t give additional consideration to the local guy. There are also a couple of construction companies in town that don’t get any consideration for their local presence.

  83. Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 10:22 am

    THANK YOU. My trash bill was $45.30 my its going up to $58.04 .

    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Quarterly. $12 more. Or about $50 more a year. Ooooooo no god forbid $4 more a month! Figure it out.

  84. Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    I have always wondered if the auto insurance industry is regulated in any way, shape, or form? The reason I ponder this is because I was wondering the following: when a teenager turns 16 and gets a drivers license, the auto insurance increase is astronomical. Why? The teenager hasn’t done anything wrong yet to justify such a massive increase. It seems to me this is nothing more than price gouging. When my son turned 16 ten years ago, yet our rates when sky high. Why? For those 10 years he didn’t have any accidents, tickets, or claims, yet the rates stayed high. I think it’s nothing more than a money grab by the insurance companies. They target a specific group, say they are high risk and then stick it to them. This should be illegal. The rates should be much more modest starting out. Then, if they get a speeding ticket or cause a wreck then the rates go up accordingly. Another scam is charging us for uninsured motorist coverage. Why? The law states that all motorists will have auto insurance. So if all motorists are required to have auto insurance then there shouldn’t be any “uninsured motorists”, therefore, no “uninsured motorist “ coverage to pay for.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 2:37 am

      I’m not defending the insurance industry or you but you hit it on the head. It’s a risk analysis, plain and simple. They play by the same rules as the rest of us, the insurance companies hedge their bets based on their risk assessment for having to pay money out. In the meantime, they invest our premiums and that’s where it changes. If the market returns favorable results, we see that in our premiums. If the market takes a slide, we’ll see that as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the market turns with the new administration in office.

  85. Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I want to thank the real heroes in light of garbage gate. It’s not the mayor, or the council members regardless of their vote. In my opinion, the real people to be commended are the ones running for council now. Who in their right mind would be willing to subject theirself to the idiocy that the trash issue has become? We should be thankful that anyone at all would be interested in even trying to help at this point. I appreciate the current and the future council members, whomever you may be.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Now that trash gate is over. How about those chickens or maybe geese and goats. Geese are great alarms ,no one will rob your house. Goats are eco friendly. They will cut your lawn and fertilize it at the same time. See people life is all good in Mascoutah once again.

  86. Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Several takeaways: A lot of vocal people on Facebook & Sound Off, do not pay property taxes, they are renters. Moreover, a lot of the other vocal people are transient military, with no Illinois state issued license, & do not vote in local elections. Furthermore, a lot of the retired military that are “disabled”, do not pay property taxes either. I do not value their opinions whatsoever. Facts.

    • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

      It amazes me the “100% disabled” retired military can even take their trash to the street being in that condition.

      • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

        shoveling large driveways too in -2 degrees

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 4:03 am

      Wow, that’s a lot of moreover’s and furthermore’s. I’m sure some people are impressed with your five-dollar words. So let me hit you with some of my own…The audacity you claim to own which allows you to ascertain the identity and socio-economic demographics of the anonymous posters on Sound Off is if nothing, by it’s very nature, untenable speculation. I think it’s sick to imply that because you don’t pay property taxes due to a government-mandated exception, you somehow don’t have an opinion on local politics. The “disabled” vets that you overtly abhor have sacrificed and dedicated their lives to afford you the opportunity to complain about them. I hope you take gratitude in that freedom, because I think they sure as hell do. Shame on you for even insinuating that anyone other than someone who puts their round peg into your round hole doesn’t have a say. We’ll wait for the next time you get out the thesaurus…

      • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 10:31 pm

        How wizened to think that only those who pay property taxes has the right and intelligence to have an opinion. Really?

      • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:56 am

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. No one forced them to join the armed forces. I know many civilians who have “sacrificed/dedicated” alot more, so don’t get all high & mighty. Terrible job by the lawmakers & their disability definitions. I would take advantage of the idiocy as well though haha.

        • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 11:32 pm

          Agree 100%. It’s not the service members’ fault the law is what the law is. Maybe those votes for congress and senate actually mean something?

          • Anonymous on February 23, 2021 at 10:23 am

            Typical St Clair County & Illinois!
            Top 5 worst overall counties/states in America. Facts



    • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 10:41 am

      I promise there are a lot of disabled vets in this community who do not qualify for the tax break and I bet my property tax bill is more than yours. There are also several vets in this community who have no disability at all who pay taxes. Also, since when is “tax” the only way a person has a voice? So narrow minded. I am glad you don’t value our opinion because it would probably melt what ever little brain cells you have to even comprehend what the base less than 5 miles away contributes to your community daily.

  87. Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 10:20 am

    On February 16th, I listened to the City Council meeting on ZOOM. The council seemed to express the opinion that the citizens were in favor of retaining Waste Management’s service. If this is true, I wonder why Mr. Baker and Mr. Battas voted against it. It seems like they’re not listening to their constituents.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      I’m one of a number of constituents who communicated a preference for Republic. It appears to me that Mr. Baker and Mr. Battas did listen.

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:37 pm

        The 80 & 90 year olds, with one small bag of trash a week, wanted Republic. Simple as that.

        • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 10:22 am

          the new subdivision folk that pay large property taxes helped move the dial to WM. And that makes complete sense

          • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 5:06 pm

            Blah. Because you pay more property taxes, doesn’t mean your voice is more important. Anyone who pays property taxes are just as important. What kind of snobby people are you??



      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:17 pm

        I also was OK with the proposed change but I couldn’t call in. I think all fo the council members did what they could to listen to all of us as best they could. That’s just me though

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      If you listened closely on zoom Mr Baker stated he had no problem personally with Waste Management. it seemed his issues was with the process. I may miss something but he stated the city advertised for bids in December last year as required by ordnance or law and was on the cities Website in January like any other bid;. Bids were publicly opened and Republic was the lower bidder and the council voted 5-0 in favor of Republic I have talked to him personally about the issue His response to me was .He was glad Waste Management was going to continue to pick up trash in Mascoutah but couldn’t vote to reverse a legal bid . Although I’m a fan Of WM some one who likes my driver and service I can’t find fault with someone with a spine how isn’t wishy washy. If allowing social media /FB to rule we are doomed as a free republic. Battas and Baker good job.

    • Anonymous on February 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      They DID listen to their constituents. The ones that were for the cheaper option and didn’t care what company it was. Unfortunately too many people all over social media throwing a temper tantrum to get their way. Baker and Battas listened to constituents as well.

  88. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Forget about the trash stuff for a minute. The council did what the council did. My trash will be picked up and I’ll have an extra $2.00 a month to blow now. Fantastic. I think the most interesting point about last night’s meeting is that one council member ( I dont remember which one) asked for the city attorney to advice and wait for it…he was not even on the line! How does that happen. The mayor asks for this issue to be put back on the agenda, facebook and the general public go crazy and somehow the city attorney didn;t call in. I’m confused.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      maybe they wanted to know if the city was gonna get sued for breech of contract

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:18 pm

        Would have been nice maybe to here from the city attorney on this. Or maybe it doesn’t matter, I don’t know

  89. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    An elected official is supposed to listen to their constituents. That is what the Mayor, councilmen McMahan and Battas did last night. I applaud them for their actions. I also know that as of right now, I will be voting for McMahan for mayor.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      Something is wrong with your listening or reading skills . It was Mayor Pat Mac Mahn Ad Wyant

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 3:03 pm

        You are right. My bad. Sorry. Stil voting for Pat.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, you’re the very reason elections are a toss-up. So quick to point out the flaws and act so informed but, you dont even know the names of the people. Do everyone a favor and stay home on election day.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Now that wastegate is over,i really didn’t care which company got my trash BUT i can’t fault the ones that voted for a change and a little cheaper prices for the individuals that have to make every penny count,having said that, and i’ll probably get bashed, i’ll have to wait and see what the candidates visions are for the future of Mascoutah other than trash.

    • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:08 am

      I think it is interesting that in the facebook posts, Pat McMahan blasted the residents for not getting involved sooner and that he didn’t care about the trash service. Well a week later, let me change my vote so that i can pander to all the folks complaining to try to make me look good. Pandering for Votes. Shameful!

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm

        Pat McMahan here, I didn’t “blast” anyone for not getting involved tho i did mention it’d be nice if people expressed their opinion before the votes actually takes place. And I certainly didn’t say i don’t care about this issue, you are sorely mistaken. ~ Pat

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 11:21 pm

          I don’t know Mr McMahon, but I looked at his Facebook page and he is correct. I think if you are going to call him out on his posts

  90. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    In the past few years I have had a negative opinion of the snow plowing. I have voiced my opinion on the negative. Opinions change. After the last big snowfall the streets was cleaned in a very professionally way. Thanks Brad and Crew

  91. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    based on the fact he listens to the citizens, I am voting for Pat McMahan

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      By citizens, I guess you mean the 5 people who spoke up at the meeting? Not that I’m against Pat for Mayor, Pat is a great guy and will be a good Mayor if elected but, on what scale are measuring this thing? Last night’s meeting was a circus with Mayor Jerry playing the part of PT Barnum.

    • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 11:21 am

      Also good to know that if a few citizens, some out of town folks, and company employees Pat will reverse his NO vote.

  92. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

    So I wonder if the WM employees and spouses that got you all riled up on FB with their “I’ve heard” and “I wonder” comments, get some of that bonus $$$ in that new contract? Which the city hasn’t signed yet. I wonder if WM will make some changes to up the price now that they know they have no competition? Republic will certainly never bid again. WM can raise their prices however they want now and we have to take it. Glad there were a couple city officials who saw the blunder in this reversal.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      The Three Amigos joined forces once again. The good old boys club at its best. Free trash service for Jerry, Pat and Jack ?

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 7:43 am

        What a moronic statement!

        • Anonymous on March 2, 2021 at 7:22 am

          Moronic maybe but, the Three Amigos is a great movie. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Dusty Bottoms! Classic

  93. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 6:57 am

    To the gentleman on Facebook that starts every comment off with “when I was on the city council” we get it. You were on the council. But we the adults of Mascoutah do not need a babysitter telling us how and when to view items on the council agenda. Some of us just don’t choose to. If you want to monitor it, then kudos to you. We don’t need your feedback. And for the love of God, shut up about being a former council man!!!!

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      You are cracking me up. I know exactly who you are talking about. He comes across as big wig in town as if he is our avenging hero. He tries that’s all I can say.

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:05 pm

        When I was a council member, people wouldn’t mock us like this!

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      At least he still cares about the city and stays involved. (Assuming talking about who I think you are). And also good to learn from the past. What have you done to serve this city? Willing to bet nothing except spouting off on here

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:10 am

        And yet you knew exactly who I was talking about. Interesting.

        • Anonymous on February 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

          It is not hard to figure out if one reads the daily soap opera mascoutah Facebook groups lol. Funny you never answered my question just.

  94. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Why even have a city council? Let’s just turn the control of the city over to the mindless rabble on Facebook and Sound Off. Population 8,800…5 people complained about the trash issue. I think the city is setting a bad precedent.

  95. Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Thank you Councilmen Battas and Baker for standing up for what is right. I listened to the council meeting tonight and in my opinion, I heard only two of our decision-makers voice their opinion as to what should be done. I don’t know either of them but, I heard Baker is running for Mayor. Based on what I heard tonight, give or take the trash issue, Mike Baker has my vote for Mayor.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 8:44 am

      So much was botched during this trash debacle.
      1. City Manager recommended Waste Management, all 5 elected officials voted against recommendation. Why do we pay him $100,000+ if we don’t have confidence in his recommendations. Remember it was 5-0

      2. Waste Management raised our bills by $5 a month from current contract to awarded contract, maybe we should have asked them to “sharpen the pencil” a term used in the meeting last night when we put re-bid out and awarded to non original bidder.

      3. Mayor and City Manager stated we put out trash bid to get competitive pricing. We didn’t award lower bid. Good luck getting another company to put a bid out at the end of this contract. Waste Management just fell into a lifetime contract. No chance republic wants to deal with the city now. Never will have completion again.
      In the end, terrible look for city leadership. No one could win on this one because of how it was handled. But at least we can go back to talking about electric, another citizen paid utility.

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        Couldn’t agree more. If I were a company looking to do business with the City of Mascoutah, I’m certainly waiting until the next election. And, depending on how that turns out, I’d stay far away from getting an “agreement” from the City. I give credit to all who serve, though.

      • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:05 am

        The precedent that this set for the city is unbelievable. I love how the mayor says we did not have to go out for bids, then why did you? This is the reason the city of Mascoutah is where it is, leadership. The mayor is only worried about shaking hands and kissing babies. Sure, he has been on every committee under the sun, but thats all he does. Meet about things but never get anything done. Look at the 22 years he has been mayor, how has Mascoutah prospered? Okay, we do have a few new businesses (O’Reilly’s, Daycare, Senior Living Facitily) but the quality of life in Mascoutah has not improved. His leadership is terrible. He will not even condone one of his own council members that violates numerous city codes and epa laws. Look at the property directly behind Jeffersons. Yes, thats a council members “business”. The mayor and city manager will not make him clean that mess up because they want his vote. How embarrassing!

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

          Embarrassing? Your statement is embarrassing. During the past 22 years, this man has devoted his life to the City of Mascoutah. And in the past 22 years, he has been re-elected after each term. Do you know what a normal day for him is like? Have you ever just talked to him and expressed your concerns like a normal individual? You shout out your criticisms of his leadership, but have you ever thanked him for the good things he has done? Basically you are saying that for the last 22 years, this man has wasted his time, effort and energy for the residents…all for nothing? He is not perfect; no one is. But he has tried to do more for this city than you can ever imagine.

        • Anonymous on February 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm

          Just another Truck Stop town

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I understand both sides of the Waste Management issue, but I do respect the principles that Mike Baker and Wally Battas demonstrated at the city council meeting. I truly feel they both were listening to the residents but Mike indicated that he had some difficulty with the ethics of trying to reverse the decision. He stood up for what he felt what was the right thing to do. And I feel that Wally Battas was listening to the residents too, but he didn’t feel comfortable voting yes on the decision until seeking legal counsel (The city attorney wasn’t in attendance due to illness). He wanted the vote to be delayed until they could get the attorney’s opinion. I respect both of them for having the courage to stand up for what they thought was the right thing to do, and not succumbing to pressure. I’m not saying the council made the wrong decision, but I do admire these two men for having the courage to resist agreeing to something they didn’t feel comfortable with.

  96. Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    I’m curious, why the school district currently has snow days? The schools did a good job by implementing remote learning during the pandemic, it seems like they could have had a system in place to have remote learning instead of giving kids and teachers a snow day. I would think that everyone is already set up for it.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 7:42 am

      I agree , curious as well.

  97. Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    City Plows did a real good job Monday & Tuesday. Kudos. Grade of A-. Well done guys.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks mom! We’ll be sure to clean our plate next time and maybe we can get that A we’ve been trying for.

  98. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Y’all do realize that trash pick-up prices are going up either way. Republic was the less of the increase that’s why the council chose them. $2 vs $4 increase…that’s what the difference will probably be. We’re paying more regardless of who gets the contract. Now let the griping begin.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Don’t know if anyone else checked out Fb threads about waste removal in the city. Well to my surprise when I pulled up the profiles of the authors posting . What I found, a good share of who I checked out were not Mascoutah residents. I found comments from Belleville, Freeburg, O’Fallon ,Shiloh, New Baden Lebanon and Arizona. There were Waste Management drivers and wives pleading to residents to attend the next council meeting to change the minds of the five councilmen who voted in favor. Please disregard the medaling of others with no say so in the matter to influence your thought process. I’m a conservative life long republican. Don’t use fake news to overturn a legal vote and award.

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

        Like Russian interference?

      • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

        No way you could track Waste Management employees and wives. This is not true. And from knowing the individuals, the vast majority of FB Residents pages who commented were Mascoutah residents.

  99. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I go to the city cemetery several times a year to visit my father’s grave. I’ve noticed some older gravesites nearest to the high school that are in desperate need of repair. Tombstones need to be leveled, when it rains the graves are flooded, some tombstones are broken, things like that. Why aren’t these sites being taken care of? It makes me sad, like they’ve been forgotten.

    • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:18 am

      That’s every cemetery. Fix it yourself then or hire somebody. Do you really think one worker fixes old family’s tombstones? Do you think a small cemetery employs ten workers? Call them then. I want my tax dollars & manpower applied 99.9% other places

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 1:11 pm

        It’s a city cemetery. The city owns it, it’s not an old, abandoned cemetery out in the middle of nowhere. If you feel that way, why don’t you fix all the potholes around town or hire someone to do it?

        • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 10:40 pm

          Why don’t you go talk to the city? Things get prioritized. I would love to have turf at the park on football field and ballfields but probably not going to happen

  100. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Seriously. Can we drop the Patriot Party 2024 stuff for at least a couple years? I get it, Trump was a good president and didn’t deserve the constant disrespect from those that claimed to call for unity. He was public enemy number one since inauguration day 2017. But sometimes things just are what they are. I don’t think the answer is to make continuous promises of a new political party in 4 years. Personally, I think that both parties need to reevaluate their positions well in advance of the mid-term elections. I’m a conservative by nature but have voted for several candidates on the other side of the political aisle over the years. They both need to regroup or we lose.

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 11:41 am

      You mean the Orange Party?? They can call it anything they want. Just though its not a Republican party. True Reps know trumps is useless.

  101. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Patriot Party in 2024.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      I do not think so. Trump will get what is do. He is guilty.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

        He was acquitted today. Justice perseveres.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

        You’re correct. Trump got what he was due. He was acquitted. So he’s not guilty.

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 9:02 am

          We will get him. He is GUILTY

          • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Please describe in detail the exact things he did that broke the law? Not saying not guilty just curious



          • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

            Maybe Trump and Hunter Biden can utilize the same legal team



      • Anonymous on February 21, 2021 at 5:14 pm

        “Due”, not “do”.

  102. Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

    If a person wants to raise chickens then buy a farm.

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

      These out of towner transients do not realize where the city limits end, and that the open spaces bordering town is the unincorporated county. The city limits is not a farm, there is infrastructure & tens of millions of dollars in new houses, and those folks that live in them, the silent majority, do not want chickens in or near their affluent subdivisions. Pure ignorance by non local transients & their young social media offspring.

  103. Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Seriously?! The mayor and council are going to revisit the trash thing because of a bunch of morons on Facebook?! Can’t wait to hear the chicken argument next year. Not a super great trend to set, Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Why do you feel the need to refer to people voicing their opinions as morons?

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      I dont wat to pay more for trash pick up. Why would I ? its trash. Please stay with the lower rates.

    • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Reading all the trash talk on this page. If I were looking to locate in the area would I want to locate here , where the most important issue is Trash. Trashy talk will make for a trashy city. Wish i knew the level of importance before i moved here. SAVE THE MONEY.

      • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 12:32 am

        Great point! I can’t even imagine what people thinking of moving to Mascoutah think about all of this. Or if they even look for the information or know that it’s out there. I like liv9in Mascoutah the Las few years but based on what I’ve seen on Facebook and on this column, I don’t think I’d choose to move here.

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2021 at 11:21 pm

        If trash is the biggest problem then I think Mascoutah is doing alright.

  104. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 11:23 am

    I feel bad for the folks in town whose house or apartments Heat, is Electric, rather than Ameren Gas. Their going to have a massive City electric bill next month.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Back peddling there Mayor and Council ? If I was Republic, I’d sue the city if you guys overturn your vote.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        Payton Place is here. Really TRASH? People

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 2:52 pm

        TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH iTS JUST GARBAGE.GET OVER IT!!!!!!

      • Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 3:24 pm

        Nothing said a contract has been signed with Republic. The article stated that the council decided to go with Republic. If no contract yet, then no lawsuit.

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 12:36 am

      I assume you’re trying to say that you feel bad for the folks who live in less energy-efficient homes. I do as well. There are outlets for those in need and they should take advantage of that.

  105. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Besides me, does anyone else wonder what the kids are learning in the high school english class? So far, my child has had to watch the movie Argo (about the Iranians overrunning the US embassy in the 1970’s); Hotel Rwanda , and now human rights around the world. I really don’t see what any of these have to do with an English class. The questions posed as homework for these subjects are very difficult even for me. And I majored in English in college. In one scene on Argo the camera was close up. What was the director conveying? What was the director conveying with low lighting in one scene and bright lighting in another scene? Who was the main protagonist? What parts of the movie were exaggerated as compared to what happened in real life? These are the types of questions they have to answer about these assignments. Do you really think a high schooler actually understands any movie to that depth? Also, I personally think the remote learning isn’t helping much. Too many times my child gets a message at the last minute stating there isn’t going to be a zoom class. Or the video comes in but the audio doesn’t. Or the zoom class is only a few minutes because the teacher has something else to do.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      I think those questions are exactly the type that high school students should be challenged with. Perhaps they don’t currently understand the movie at that depth, but they can be taught to. Or, at least taught to think critically. After all, they do go to school to learn.

  106. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I thought the City Council voted 5-0 to have Republic provide trash service for the next 3 years. Now it sounds as if the vote meant nothing. Good to know if we as citizens don’t agree with our elected officials and don’t do any research prior to a council meeting and vote we can cry and complain enough to get it changed.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      So if we can reverse the the Trash vendor can we do the same for the chickens? Asking for a friend !

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        I agree. So if we reverse the vote on trash, how about those chickens? Or better yet, get rid of the city assistant manager. Just saying. It only takes about 20 people to complain and cry.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

        . Something really stinks about revisiting the trash issue. Who
        is getting the kick back for this one from Waste Trash Co.? Watch out the skunks are about to spray !

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 9:57 pm

          More than 20 have complained. We stikk have an assistant manager.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      Before the meeting I stated the opinion to keep Waste Management. I am willing to pay $2.00 more a month because of the service. In my neighborhood, the gabage man runs a bin back up to a house because the family is disabled. I think that is great. Our trash service was working.
      Make it a go for the chickens.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 5:33 pm

        I read the article that the mayor put in the Herald. It sounds like to me that he’s already got in place the 3-5 votes he needs to over turn this vote. Hum…
        So do we only listen to the cry’s of a few people and not look at the positive we may get of switching to republic.

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:57 pm

          I smell something. And it’s it not trash. It smells like books cooking. I’m particularly interested in how the mayoral candidates feel about the revisiting of the decision. Personally I think it’s a bad decision to even invite the option to change the decision but, I am confident in our elected officials that ultimately the right decision will be made.

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

        How do you know the person that will be on the Republic truck won’t take your neighbors bin back up to the house?

        • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 9:23 am

          I’m sure they’re going to give everyone that needs special service the service they need. But on that note, if your able to bring your own can to your property, then just do it.

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2021 at 9:24 pm

        Just a thought, but if the family is disabled, how does the trash get from inside the house to the bin outside? Also, how does the full trash bin get from the house to the curbside?

        • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

          Ha. I agree. Should disabled residents expect the electric dept to change their light bulbs, the water dept to set their bath temperature?

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      My trash pick up driver told me last week they lost the contract with the city and ask if i would contact the city and tell them to change their mind so he could keep his job. Will these drivers loose their jobs or just go to another towm?

      • Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 11:40 am

        Probably go to another town or changed companies

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm

      What happens if they reverse their 5-0 decision and go with Waste and then enough residents complain because they want the savings and want Republic? Will there be another flip flop? We may need chickens and goats to eat our trash.

      • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 9:26 am

        There you go!!

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      If the council over turns this trash vote due to Facebook poles and complaints they are setting quite the precedent.

  107. Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Amazing. I don’t even know who Shannon Sharpe is. I think I spelled the name right. Is it a he or she, I don’t know. Non-binary, probably. Afterall, it is 2021. I barely know who Tom Brady is but who can avoid at least hearing about him? However, apparently, something happened at the Super Bowl where Brady got into it with an opponent. That opponent is not white (I guess I’m still allowed to refer to a human being as being not Caucasian?) From what I read there were words exchanged between the two of them. Brady issued an apology and later on, Shannon Sharpe criticized Brady’s apology. The theory of the criticism was that the apology was reverberated verbatim in the news and the “insult” was not. So this is what it has come to, people. In this day and age, you can’t even apologize correctly! I hope you folks that claimed to have cast your vote for equality and inclusiveness are taking note. It’s unfathomable that those who preach tolerance have seemingly become the least tolerant of them all. This isn’t simply an observation of a Super Bowl faux pas but, more of one person’s opinion as to where the current socio-policital trend is heading. I’m at the age where I probably will not have to experience the ultimate demise of what I remember to be societal norms but, I deeply regret that our future generations will have to endure the impact of the ever-appeasing culture in which we find ourselves in.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Insults do not need to be repeated. Apologies show remorse

  108. Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Global Warming?

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

      Yes please!

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2021 at 3:33 am

      There is a difference between weather and climate. Look it up. Global warming is real and is killing ng this planet.

  109. Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Snow Plowing & Salt, I rate the State, County, and City, a grade of B- . Maybe C+ . Or 3 stars out of 5.

    • Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:18 am

      D+ wednesday morning. however I’m sure itll be better in afternoon but not good right now

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:43 am

        State A-, County B-, City D-

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 7:27 am

      we need some sand or small rock for traction they can spread in neighborhood intersections, subdivision cross streets

  110. Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Some Mascoutah City Staff salaries
    not including benefits:
    Assistant City Manager $76,000.
    City Clerk $65,000.
    City Manager $94k.
    PW Director $70k. Finance Director $76k. Engineer $89k. Secretary $49k. Part Time Secretary $22k. Fleet Foreman $74k, Street Foreman $65k, Parks Foreman $68k, Water Sewer Foreman $71k. Wowzers. Citizens should be outraged & disgusted. The towns population is barely 8000. Not even close to 15,000-40,000 population. Absolutely despicable. Multiple cuts need occur this Spring.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

      yes trim the fat! That’s crazy, mascoutah is tiny. Assistants and secretaries? Thanks for posting.

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Talented people make above-average salaries. It’s that simple. Would you suggest that we have minimum wage workers running city hall? I don’t think the salaries are out of line.

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 3:25 pm

        not necessarily the salaries, but lower headcount of workforce

      • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm

        I am all for competant people to be paid for their competance

      • Anonymous on February 22, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Minimum wage would be more than what they deserve, there all a bunch of lazy workers, especially the city manager. POINT BLANK

    • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Probably can try to trim some but mascoutah operates their own utilities so need workers for that. So please keep that in mind

      • Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 7:47 pm

        Can you trim though? I’d be concerned about getting good help if the pay isn’t competitive. Just because someone works for the government doesn’t mean they can’t make (or aren’t worth) good money. I get it’s taxpayer money but, the government is a business at its basic core. It takes money and employees to run a business.

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 11:33 am

      R u serious??? For such a small town tiny population, that is grotesque…….typical government waste.

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        Well, I haven’t taken a survey of all similarly-sized communities like you clearly have but, assuming you’re correct that it’s grotesque…get used to it. What do you think will happen when minimum wage increases? That cost is simply not absorbed by the employer (in this case, the city). It’s passed on to consumer (in this case, you). Then, you’re lucky enough to get hit over the head with it at the gas station, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. So, I guess this is what the majority of the voters wanted, right?

      • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        An assistant city manager and a city manager together pulling in that much when they seem one in the same, can’t work independently, and have not been positive for Mascoutah? Yikes.

        • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 8:24 pm

          Haven’t been positive for Mascoutah? Do tell!

    • Anonymous on February 9, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      Yes. City management should be left to volunteers harvested from Sound Off and Facebook!

      • Anonymous on February 10, 2021 at 9:42 pm

        them workers only care about themselves & gettin paid. they don’t genuinely care about mascoutah. just going thru the motions collecting checks paid by us!!!

  111. Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Garbage Gate…what a joke. I’ve had quite the laugh this week reading the moronic comments from people who are more concerned about who picks up their smelly trash than what is going on in Washington. Both the city council and our beloved country running codger are in place due to the democratic process. They are there to represent our best interests, or that’s the idea anyway. It’s hilarious that you choose to question a decision made by local council pertaining to a quite meaningless issue, then quietly sit motionless when our President shuts down pipeline construction and feels now is the time to send out face masks to everyone. Does President Joe or any other State or Federal politician poll any of you people prior to voting on ANY issue? Y’all need to modify your wokeness and focus on whats important to your future as Americans. Garbage collection in Mascoutah Illinois isn’t one of them. Maybe when you’re back to paying $3 a gallon for gas, you’ll find something new to complain about.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      WOWZERS just can’t believe people are making such a fuss over trash. I read on Fb that little Johnny and Suzy’s highlight of the week is waving to the garbage man . Give me a break. What WM employee wrote that one ? What I’m reading the new company is cheaper and if the keep the contract as long as Wm had it I’ll save over $ 1500.00 and with compound interest when I’m 65 I’ll over $2000.00 for my first retirement trip. Thank you council for doing your jobs correctly .

    • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      I agree. Why would the city want to poll the citizens on something as simple as a contract between two trash services? Imagine if there were 3 or 4 to choose from? The residents would go crazy. No decision would ever be made. For goodness sake, let officials do their job. That’s why they were elected. Don’t like it? Don’t vote for them next time. Or better yet, run for office yourself.

      • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 1:54 pm

        I guess this is how it works now? The city council is going to poll Facebook trolls every time they have to make a decision? If I were a contractor looking to do business with Mascoutah, I would stay far away. Good luck getting competitive bids from anyone (including Waste Management in the future), if this agreement is rescinded.

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Biden is working for America, not for his own gratification. We have been oil efficient for years, our planet needs help. We are asked about our concerns by our ability to contact Congress, and the power of our vote.

  112. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I am like most of the people in town. I have not had any problems with Waste Management they are easy to pay. I don’t see how the city can arbitrarily change waste companies without input of the community that does not seem fair.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 4:01 am

      I don’t think you’re like most people in town, as you claim. Maybe you haven’t had any problems with Waste Management…to be fair, I haven’t either. It’s a fine company that does a fine job. However, if you can’t see how the city can change garbage companies without polling every citizen in town, then you my friend, are not like most people in town. Most people get it…the city council enters into contracts with vendors. That’s what the city council does. It amazes me that some people don’t get that. So, no, you’re not like most people in town.

  113. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t care who hauls off my moldy leftovers, dirty diapers, and cat litter.

  114. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:56 am

    We’ve had Waste Management since we moved here and have never had an issue. I don’t know anything about Republic so I can’t say which is best. Both are probably good. people just like to complain.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      I don’t know anything about Republic, so I too can’t complain about the change, but I do have one concern. I heard that instead of the nice big recycling bins with a lid we have now, we will be getting those basket like containers. If this is true, I am so disappointed. Can’t put much recycling in there, and can’t put it out if it’s raining. I would happily pay a few more dollars to keep my big recycling can!

      • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 8:55 pm

        The cans will be the same size!!! Geez people. Get the facts before freaking out!!!

    • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 9:17 am

      We have not had any issues with Waste Management. However, I do know people that have Republic and they have issues. Including not picking up trash, picking up some neighbors & not others (yes the bill was paid). Just from what I have heard about Republic service, I’m not excited to be forced to start using them.

  115. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Why did they vote to give up a company that does bulk 1 item a week for a company that does 2 bulk a year!?!?!? Ridiculous. Keep WM!

  116. Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:26 am

    My sister has Republic Service in Belleville and hates it. They have a tendency to switch days without notice, never care about how they leave the trash cans after emptying them. She says their trucks are so loud the next community could hear them.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 11:16 am

      I’m not a big believer in rumors, but I’m afraid I heard the same thing about their trucks.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2021 at 3:20 am

      Well, by all means, let’s freak out over Karen’s sister hating Republic in Belleville. It’s funny, we are the next community from Belleville and I can’t hear their garbage trucks at all. Unless those booms that everyone complains about are the same noise that the neighboring communities hear while getting their trash collected.

  117. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Quit writing paragraphs people. 99% of us do not care. Weird.

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 7:57 am

      You polled 99% of the people here?

    • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      was the poll on this site? didn’t see it

      • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 1:55 pm

        Can someone post the link to the above-mentioned poll?

        • Anonymous on February 7, 2021 at 4:31 pm

          There is no actual “poll.” They mean if someone went around and asked or “polled” the residents on what they wanted.

  118. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Am I missing something about waste removal? I see several comments about switching from Waste Management to Republic for trash and recycling. I haven’t read anything from the city about this switch. Is there a newspaper article or some type of council meeting minutes that address the issue?

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:44 am

      I was on the Council when Mascoutah had BFI as our contract hauler of trash. We put it out for bid and Waste management won the bid. Residents complained back then the same as they are now. You can’t expect the council to not go with the lower contract when it went out for bid. That would be irresponsible and possibly illegal.

  119. Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Name the only US President that has been impeached twice, has been married three times and has told more than 30,000 lies. Any guesses? Give up? The answer is Donald Trump.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

      Name the only person that can’t let it go? Or, name the only person who voted for “unity” and “togetherness” but, yet constantly makes comments to divide. Give up? Any guesses?

      • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 7:59 am

        Actually you could be referring to three people..Obama, Hillary or Biden. Speaking of trash, are we getting a new trash disposal company?

  120. Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    The end of days. It’s not often we, in the general expediency of our daily lives, stop to appreciate the fleeting nature of our existence. As one ages, I suppose it’s more common to reflect upon the wake one leaves behind. Personally, the finality of life is not something I have generally I dwelled upon however, today I found myself contemplative in the analysis of my life and the lives of others around me. It was early in the morning, 6:59 a.m., to be exact. I found myself on a leisurely stroll down the driveway, as I routinely do in the mornings of Wednesdays. There, as I seek to undertake what I had usually considered the most menial of tasks, it dawned upon me…the end is near. I became surprisingly emotional. Not sobbing and weeping but, appreciative of the times past and, almost in a strange optimistic way, hopeful for the times ahead. Nonetheless, the certain definitiveness was palpable on the morning air and there was no denying that the leisurely strolls will soon be with a trash can of a different color. While it is undoubtedly a difficult endeavor on which to embark, I maintain faith that I have the strength to continue my march through time without my faithful green can. Fairwell old friend. Fairwell indeed.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      A trash can by any other name would smell as sweet.

  121. Anonymous on February 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Who knew saving money on trash collection was such a hot button topic. You people crack me up.

    • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

      The same people saying they would pay more for such great service from waste management are the same ones that complain about paying a little more for great service from Mascoutah’s electric department.
      It’s trash. Literally. Who cares who hauls it away? The world won’t end with a different company’s trash container in front of your house.

      • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 10:46 am

        IT DOES MATTER because Republic’s service is terrible. We have friends who have them in other communities and they all complain about being missed, dirty trucks, unresponsive customer service. Waste Management has done a terrific job in this community — and everyone’s recycling costs are going to go up because the market for recycled material has almost dried up, so WM (and Republic and others) have to pay more for that. The question is whether $2 or $3 a month less (Republic’s bid) is worth the terrible service that company provides. In addition, they have had a bad history with their landfills, including the one in Earth City. This is a case of being “penny wise and pound foolish” by our City Council. Shame on them for ignoring the recommendations of the City Manager as well. Sounds like a bit of “we’re for the people” political decision-making that really is NOT “for the people.”

        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 11:01 am

          “I have a friend who has a friend who had Republic and they told another guy they are awful”. Why not just give it a chance and maybe things will be just fine? And, as a senior citizen on an extremely fixed budget, a few dollars a month extra just to have the trash guy wave when they come in town is not worth it when every single dollar matters in my budget.

          • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 10:27 am

            i have friends who have Republic trash with no problems



        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 11:22 am

          Of all the things in the world you could complain about, TRASH is what you came up with? Friend, please, I beg of you. Seek professional help…immediately!!!

          • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm

            I’d rather wait and judge their performance than stage a coup of the city council over opinions from Karen’s “friends in other communities”. The complaint about the trash is only the second most unbelievable comment in her rant. The first is that she alleges to have friends.



          • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm

            Now that was funny!!!!! It won’t work, but it was funny!



          • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 11:38 am

            Trash?? you mean like the orange party??



        • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 1:11 pm

          It’s funny, I have friends in other communities that have Republic. Not one of them has mentioned their trash service. Why? THEY DON’T CARE AS LONG AS THE TRASH IS HAULED OFF. Not once have we had an in-depth discussion about trash service. Maybe your friends need to find other things in life to concern themselves with. Life is too short to cry about trash service.

          • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:02 am

            Imagine that! Their trash cans get dumped… Did you hear that, Mascoutah residents?!



        • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:13 am

          –“everyone’s recycling costs are going to go up because the market for recycled material has almost dried up, so WM (and Republic and others) have to pay more for that.”

          I didn’t realize we had an expert on garbagenomics in town. Enlighten us…

          • Anonymous on February 5, 2021 at 8:21 am

            I can tell you this…I have a friend in another state that works in upper management for another waste disposal company. He told me that they no longer perform any recycling because the waste companies can’t get rid of the material anymore because nobody is buying it. So they just have everything put into the regular trash. Maybe since Amazon has inundated the world with boxes they should step up and figure out a way to recycle all of that cardboard.



      • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 2:07 am

        100% agree. If the complainers got a bill $2.00 higher than last month’s, they’d be crying for a change and to vote out the entire council. Thank you, Mayor, Manager and council for doing what you think is best for the city.

    • Anonymous on February 3, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Anyone wishing to know what goes on during the city council meetings has only to show up at a meeting, or attend on-line and pay attention. It makes no sense to poll the community for every decision needing to me made. Representing our interests is why the council members were put into office. Do you think any other form of government consults your individual opinion before proceeding with passing anything??? Give me a break. If you’re b****ing because you found out about a decision after the fact, that impacted something important to you (like who picks up your trash), you have only yourself to blame. Step up and take ownership of your own education, I assume you’re over 18 and considered an adult. Every single council meeting is open to the public along with full copies of the minutes. If you’re too lazy to seek out information and stay informed, that’s on you.

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 7:19 am

      I would chime in on this subject but I would probably just get trashed

    • Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

      I guess these people who don’t like or want change most likely have stock in WM .

  122. Anonymous on February 2, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    2021, the year of the ‘battling groundhogs’! With so many prognosticators out there, who knows which one is correct? Punxsutawney Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, Buckeye Chuck (Ohio) and Buffalo Bert (New York) are saying an early spring……the only one that’s a guarantee lock is Groundhog Joe (Washington DC) forecasting massive spending, job loss, small business bankruptcy due to COVID shut downs, and countless executive orders.

  123. Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Who is the strange man over at the corner by Moto Mart selling signs?

    • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      His name is Klaus. He might look strange but, he’s a nice guy. Interesting, for sure.

      • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:03 pm

        Why is he selling signs?

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 9:50 pm

          He has too many? I don’t know, stop and ask him, maybe?

  124. Anonymous on January 30, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    i read James Saffel’s letter last week in the Herald. Is that man honestly running for council? OMG!

    • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      If he wins, I’m leaving.

      • Anonymous on January 31, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        I doubt you would leave. So many celebrities promised to leave America if Trump were to be elected in 2016. He was elected and all that trash stayed.

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:04 pm

          True…but it made me feel better just to say it.

          • Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm

            Who else is running for council? Is it for one seat only or are there others?



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