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  1. Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 11:33 am

    The Governor said he would be releasing money to help small businesses during this crisis. That was good to hear. I’m a small business owner who needs all the help he can get. So I downloaded the application. The ONLY way this application could be completed is by a lawyer or someone extremely experienced in grant writing. It is impossible to figure it out. I am a college graduate, own my own business, and I could not get through Page 1. Page 1!!!!. So do they say they are giving us the money but make it impossible to collect or do I pay money for someone to help me get money? I’ve never been more confused and more disheartened in my life. I’m about ready to throw in the towel and let Mascoutah continue it’s road to being a ghost town.

    • Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Mascoutah has never been on the road to being a ghost town. The population increases every year.

      • Anonymous on March 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

        Population, yes. Downtown businesses, no.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Your right, the government red tape is overwhelming. Have you reached out to Rep. Charlie Meier? He’ll help. He’s a good guy to businesses.

  2. Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I had a thought today that isn’t going to be too popular. I drove by the Leu Civic Center and wondered why we really need it. It’s a gorgeous historical building but do we really need the services it is suppose to provide? I would imagine that the electrical bill for that building is astronomical for taxpayers. Wouldn’t it be better to sell it to a company that would not only occupy it but provide jobs and pay their own bills? I would hate to see it demolished, but maybe a new rec center with pool would be better. Anyway, that was just a passing thought.

  3. Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Smokers in Illinois must be immune to the COVID 19 virus. Since January 1, 2008 smokers in Illinois have been social distancing 15 feet from all entrances to public and private places, not allowed to smoke indoors (unless at home) and staying away from non-smokers. Also the non-smokers in Illinois have been avoiding smokers like they have the plague because they were told that they will die from second hand smoke. Who new, at the time, how much the nanny state cared about us smokers?

  4. Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    After driving down Park Drive in Mascoutah, I decided to put words to my feelings. The Park is a great place. However in my mind it could be better. The submerged sidewalk on the Northeast could be raised. During wet times it is underwater. The skateboard park could be removed, I see more bicycles on it than skateboards. That is wasted space. Limbs need to be picked up sooner, not a week after they fall. When there is an auction participants should park in parking spaces or on roadways, not on grassy areas. They will make ruts when they move. They will make em, but not fix em.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Well, aren’t you a little ray of sunshine!

      • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:18 pm

        Keep him/her away from puppies and kittens!

  5. Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    to the 1st Federal Bank window teller: It is not our fault your job is considered essential. There is no need to be snotty to customers. You should be happy you have a paycheck. I lot of us do not have that. We are on borrowed time. Treat your customers with a little bit of respect and – God forbid – a smile.

  6. Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 11:03 am

    It’s been hard for some of our precious older folks, who are already in various degrees of confinement, to now find themselves further confined, with having to eat their meals alone. A creative friend further sparked an idea introduced to me by the sweet children of Bethel UMC, of sharing agape (love), through a note, magnet, small craft, etc., to deliver with each tray! It’d be great if someone could coordinate an on-line, sign-up sheet, for individuals, churches, and other Mascoutah community agencies. A once a month commitment of 20-25 groups, (firemen can write notes, too), or individuals, could provide our residents and shut-ins with a weekly reminder that they are loved and being thought of. We currently have over 200 residents in Mascoutah. When explaining, and asking for current resident head counts, approval for tray agape was given by: Aperion 35 residents; Brightly 64 residents; Marka 39 residents; Silver Creek 24 residents; and Meals on Wheels 40 residents. Care in selection of tray agape, based on: setting, level of independence, and impairment(s) need be encouraged. The tray agape, lovingly made by the children, were colorful, Springy, place-mats…Heartwarming, in a full-circle way, as the acronym MATS (Mascoutah Agape Tray Surprise), seems most fitting!

  7. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    A huge shout out to our Mascoutah School District Administrators, Teachers and Support Staff for their creativity, committment to students, patience with parents, and their time in such an unheard-of situation. Our community and our children will always remember this time and the example our school district has set in how to deal with and react in times of uncertainty will never be forgotten. Thank you!

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      A huge shout out to parents who are trying the best they can.

      • Anonymous on March 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

        It would be funny if they could give out grades for parents who are helping with their child’s homework. The child gets a B for effort, but you get a D for lack of knowledge. Seriously, kudos to all parents for trying!

  8. Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Closing the Dog Park is so stupid. It is outside, it is huge so no one will be standing next to each other, and you can’t get the virus from dogs. Talk about taking fear to the extreme.

    • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      My Golden Retriever misses the dog park. And it was only place I could feel comfortable with her running around off a leash. I understand playgrounds being closed because little ones’ hands are all over the equipment, but why the dog park? Or at least open it on a Saturday morning or something.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:34 pm

        Agreed.
        We still plan on going this weekend if dry.
        One of the few amenities this town has.
        What, are they going to arrest us?
        Just play dumb like you didn’t know, if patrol stops by, which they probably won’t.
        20 minutes shouldn’t be an issue.
        Other dog parks are open FYI.

        • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

          I’m in. I don’t have children, so my two fur-babies are my kids. They need fun and exercise too. The dog park is practically in a field away from everyone and everything. What is the big deal.

          • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm

            May be the policemen in Mascoutah will not bother stopping at the Dog Park. (wink, wink) I am sure they have better things to do then kick us out



          • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm

            I think they would just tell us to leave.



  9. Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Want to give a high five to Mike and the whole staff at Tom’s. Have been in numerous times throughout the past couple of weeks, and they were all awesome. Thanks for all the hard work.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      I have to say Toms has stepped up to the issue at hand. I’m glad they are here otherwise we all would have to travel far for our food needs. Maybe ,just maybe when Covid-19 has ran its coursed and we get back to a normal type of life, we don’t forget to support all of our local businesses.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        I bought a new mower from a local merchant. Got it home and it had no oil. Went back and bought some oil. When I looked in the manual to see how much oil it needed, the manual stated that one container of oil is provided with the mower from the manufacturer of the mower . Went back to merchant and he said “yeah, when the new mowers come in we take the oil and sell I it”. So I don’t care how good their every other Friday loaded bake potatoes are, I will never support that business again. I won’t go to one hardware store in town because you can’t shop around because the lady follows you aisle to aisle like your going to steal something. Bought a new Weber grill at the new hardware store. They told me it would be delivered the next day. I asked if I could buy the display model and they said no because it was dented on one side and they would have to offer a discount so I paid for a new one. Two days later they deliver the grill and Lo and behold it’s the damaged one that was on display. Asked them about a discount since they sold me the damaged display model and they refused. So I have never been back in there and will never go back in there. If I need something from that store, I go to the one in Freeburg. Hired a local electrician to put in a new circuit breaker panel. He mislabeled every circuit except for the dryer,oven and cooktop. I had to turn on every light switch in the house and place a nightlight into every outlet at the same time and then shutoff every breaker individually to figure what each breaker provides power to. Used to use a dog groomer here in town but switched to one in Belleville because they charge $35 for the same service the one in town charges $55 for. So you can keep your local businesses.

        • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 12:39 pm

          WOW!!!! Maybe you are a magnet for mishaps. Never had any of those issues here.
          If i were this P.O.ed i think I’d move.

          • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

            Not P.O.ed. Why move? I like Mascoutah. Just pointing out the fact that when a business blatantly rips you off, you would be a fool to ever go back to that business. I wasn’t trying to put all local businesses into one bad category. I do have the maintenance on my vehicles done right here in town. I just want people to know that just because a business is local doesn’t mean that they won’t take advantage of you. Mascoutah is a very nice town. And there are thousands more in the country just like it. It’s a cookie cutter community.



        • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 8:30 pm

          Boy I’m glad I’m not you. I’ve had nothing but good experiences. I kinda wonder how much of what you’re sayings is exaggerations. Mascoutah merchants have always gone above to make things right for me. Like I said “must suck to be you”.

          • Anonymous on March 24, 2020 at 11:16 pm

            None of it is exaggerating. After living here for 24 years I have noticed a person born and raised here is treated differently than a transplant such as myself. No it doesn’t suck to be me. I have an awesome life, but have had a few bad experiences with a few merchants as mentioned earlier. I just learned at an early age when a business rips you off or gives terrible customer service you don’t go back to that business. The experiences I listed earlier are the only bad experiences I have had here. I still frequent some local businesses, just not the three I was talking about.



        • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm

          I agree with the other commenters. You are a walking, talking pile of toxic negativity! You sure you don’t want to move? We’ll help you pack.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Kudos to all the Mascoutah businesses . They all have been great. Im done with Wal mart and Schuck’s .Ill remember who took care of my families needs during these trying times. THANKS

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm

        I’m glad we have Wal Mart and Schnucks. None of the stores (whether local or not) is the problem. The problem is the idiot hoarders. I have been trying to find just one bottle of sanitizing wipes for three weeks and can’t find any. I don’t hoard toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer or anything else for that matter because there is no reason to. The industries are producing plenty but too many people want to stockpile products.

      • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

        I agree. All Mascoutah businesses have been awesome. Hope it continues. Thanks to all who have worked so hard during this tough time.

  10. Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I am concerned with the economic hits small businesses will experience in response to COVID-19. For example, I am an employee at Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo. Although Rainbow Ranch is not located in Mascoutah, I know many individuals from Mascoutah visit the farm for a tour. Typically opening day for the petting zoo is April 1st. This includes personal tours for anyone that comes to the zoo, tours for many schools, and traveling to locations (like nursing homes). Similar to many other businesses, Rainbow Ranch is not opening to protect the well-being of the employees and individuals who may come for a tour. Most of the revenue that keeps the petting zoo rolling comes from the traveling zoo gigs, tours, and animal sales. With traveling zoo gigs/animal sales canceled, and the new opening date for the zoo remaining unknown finances are a worrisome problem. Money is withdrawn in the form of Veterinarian bills, feed/water bills, payment of employees, and many others costs. It is hard to see places that bring copious amounts of happiness to people of all ages, like Rainbow Ranch, take heavy financial hits in light of COVID-19.

  11. Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    To the letter writer who had published a Letter to the Editor in last week’s Herald, are you high????
    LSD did not lead to the Hippies. And by the way, they were in the 60s not 70s. And heroin, cocaine, meth, and opioids are not available at our “corner drug store.”
    You speak out against marijuana, but I swear you are smoking more than your fair share.
    You have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      this same guy who writes letters to the editor almost weekly. I find them humorous almost like the joke of the day that pops up on my computer. I’ve read most of his stuff. I believe he ,for the most part is well-meaning, but the guy needs to get his facts straight before spouting out nonsense. I guess I’ve become accustomed to the miss truths. Got to love freedom of the press.

      • Anonymous on March 26, 2020 at 12:30 pm

        I think he is just an old guy that has nothing better to do. So sad really.

  12. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Since we can’t leave the house or travel on any roads maybe the government should use this time to fix our roads since there won’t be any traffic. Governor Pritzker could use the extra gas tax money he charges us then we’d have better roads than Missouri and Indiana. The city could also fix our potholes with the extra water money they’re taxing us. At least we’d get something in return.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Water money is for the new sewer plant the city needs . The city is you and me not some mystical person. The city by code cant use water sewer money to fix roads. Road money comes from motor fuel tax when we buy gas and cant use fuel tax money for sewers.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 10:21 pm

        Well maybe the city should ask the governor for some of the money back from our fuel taxes to go our streets or maybe the city should not buy stupid signs.

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      You obviously don’t know how city budgets work. You can’t arbitrarily choose to use money in whatever department you wish.

  13. Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Never would I believe that I’m locking my doors because of a type of flu. Everything I worked day and night for is being destroyed. i’ve given my heart to this city and the state. This is how they repay me. Now I will go home and pray I will be be able to pay my bills or even open my doors again.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Why does it seem like you are blaming the city and state?

    • Editor on March 27, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      OMG! We haven’t been invaded. Chill.

  14. Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I was telling my wife this morning that I didn’t care about a sign in front of city hall. Read it, don’t read it, I don’t care. But leave my monthly bills alone. How much money does the city think each family has? Isn’t there something in the city that can be shaved off the budget so that water bills do not have to be increased? My wife suggested eliminating one of the many, many ladies that work inside the building. Who needs that many employees? This isn’t Chicago!

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      We cant have chickens ,so why do they allow a henhouse at city hall? A couple are productive . We don’t need to keep all the non egg layers.t

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 6:53 am

      I am not against the sign but I think it was poor timing. Let it go black for awhile. Then when all this panic blows over, and when people return to jobs, then maybe revisit the idea.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 9:53 am

        How come other cities with a similar size don’t have an assistant city manager? We could eliminate that salary to save a ton of money for the city without raising prices for water and etc.

  15. Anonymous on March 19, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    This week’s paper stated City Hall is getting yet another marquee sign, then today a State of Emergency was declared so they can “seek financial assistance” because of Coronavirus. Why not put that sign money to better use if they are that concerned that they will need assistance? Seems like a sad waste of taxpayer money, especially when there are so many people financially hurt and out of work by Coronavirus. I guess I’ll have something pretty to look at when I walk by and head to the food pantry.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

      I want to thank the 2 city council members mike baker and wally battas who voted against the sign on front of city hall and shame on the others for their bad judgement. We may need the money to take care of the current state of health issues or monetary strain on the city// tax payers.

      • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 11:28 am

        The new City MGR & Asst City MGR are ignorant.
        The current sign is a few years old regardless of imperfections. 5% of citizens look at it. “We” don’t need a new one so they can look out their office windows at it. Everything is online nowadays. Use that money for sidewalks, roads, & parks. Shame on them. Baker & Battas represent most of the home owning tax paying residents, yet City Staff think they represent us, and consider this a priority, compared to derelict properties all over & hazardous sidewalks, or lack thereof. Sad. Troubling. Cockamamy. Asinine. Kudos to Baker & Battas. Changes are coming in Spring 2021.

        • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

          I agree with the above comments.

          • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 12:21 pm

            Agreed. This new City Manager has no idea about our town and the new assistant City Manager has no qualifications to be in that position. It’s sad that our town is being led the way it is and the mayor and council don’t see it.



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

            I don’t care about the stupid sign! I care about our water rates being raised AGAIN!!! That sign will be paid for and done but our water rates are paid each and every month. They never go away.



          • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm

            I can’t believe the city is spending money on a stupid sign. If the old one does not work right and the company that sold us that piece of junk won’t warrantee it, then sue them. We don’t need a new one. Save the money and lower our electric rate. Oh wait, instead we’re going to spend over $30,000 for a new one that no one wants and then raise everyone water rates. Unreal!!!!



          • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 11:17 am

            I think you should leave them alone. They are doing the best that can possibly be done. The entire nation is living in fear. Ranting about a local city government that is working as hard as they humanly can to keep us safe, while also abiding by the Governor’s direction, helps no one. Unless you are there or walking in their shoes, you do not know what they are going through. We should be proud to have people that are at least trying.



        • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm

          I heard the two were related. Ignorance must be heredity. Tooooo many city hall employees.

          • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm

            That has to be the case. How else would someone so unqualified get such a position? Nepotism at its best.



        • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm

          You might disagree with the city manager and assistant city manager, but name calling is extremely childish. State your opinion and move on. Being immature just shows YOUR ignorance.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 9:57 am

        Nice job city council members that truly represent our citizens. We could get 3-4 signs if we would eliminate the assistant city manager position.

        • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 11:39 am

          Agree! She provides nothing to the City besides a bad attitude when approached about utility payments when people are struggling.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Watch at the 37 minute mark where the CM laughs in the face of an elected official, and comments about “approve “MY” purchase.” Unreal.
      https://youtu.be/tdMvw2sQHYE

      • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

        He seems to think that he owns everything in this town. HE pays everyone. HE does it all. MY park. MY MY MINE. Very arrogant. This town doesn’t belong to him. It belongs to the taxpayers and citizens that live here. And he laughed in the face of OUR elected official and thought nothing of it. Who does that?

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2020 at 7:07 pm

        Don’t be ridiculous. I watched the meeting on YouTube – which by the way I think is a good idea – but unfortunately the sound is not very good. I don’t think he said what you think he said. The sound is muffled.

        • Anonymous on March 23, 2020 at 11:43 am

          Even though the sound was muffled, he clearly said “MY”. It is not the first time this man claimed ownership of our community. So self centered and self serving.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Am I dreaming?
      That thing is only 5 years old.
      Let it be another 5.
      We just paid for it and put it in less than a decade ago. Give that dough to the Civic Center

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 7:24 pm

      Stop spending money on stupid stuff. We need our taxes cut. Our utilities reduced. Not more stupid feel good stuff. I say no on the marquee.

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

      This is when the city should be saving money and helping people get thru this virus pandemic not spending money on signs that we don’t need. Are they crazy. Why are they raising utilities when people are struggling. That doesn’t sound like leadership to me. My family needs help not more taxes.

  16. Anonymous on March 18, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Just a question. Sense kids are being home schooled , can the teacher ( mother/father) be fired for drinking on the job and can the drinking teacher suspend there kids for fighting??????

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Teachers do not have easy jobs, and you can not transfer your at home student. Drink at recess.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Good one! we need a little humor.

  17. Anonymous on March 17, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Why is everything closing? Everyone is rushing to the store. If it’s going to kill you, let it kill you.

    • Anonymous on March 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      Let the virus kill YOU, but you do not have the right to endanger somone else. Consideration and kindness ARE NECESSARY.

  18. Anonymous on March 16, 2020 at 11:49 am

    OMG! We are not allowed to go to a bar. We are not allowed to go to a restaurant. We are not allowed to play video machines at local businesses. The kids are not allowed to go to school. “Excuse me, Sir. Permission to breathe, Sir?”

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      I know there are jokes about this, but I’m scared about what will happen. Maybe I am over-reacting but I am still scared.

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Consider this, out of all possible VA patients, only 100 have been tested. There are 18.2 million veterans out there and over half of them are over 60 or have underlying health issues. Yet only 100 have been tested. Think the numbers are going to spike once testing gets going? You haven’t seen anything yet. I’m sorry that your entertainment has been curtailed. I can only hope that this is all a hoax and we’re being duped, but we all know better by now don’t we? This is the first time a lot of people are going to face hardship and how you deal with it is going to shape who you become. Let’s try to do this with some semblance of grace and dignity for our neighbors.

  19. Anonymous on March 15, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I just read the letter from the school district about cancelling school for March 16 and the next two weeks will be listed as an act of God. I’m just curious as to why we like to blame things like this virus situation on God? As a society we seem to label tornadoes, Tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires, etc., etc., as acts of God and I really don’t understand why we do that.

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Agree. isn’t everything an Act of God?

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Those of you who believe prayer works actually you apparently aren’t very good at it . It’s not working. Maybe try harder? For all of the hard core believers , everything is the will of God.God is the creator of all controls all .So you have nothing to fear by your belief standards. If you think What ever higher power you believe in go shake the hand of someone affected and see what happens.

  20. Anonymous on March 15, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Will the tax payers in Mascoutah be required to pay the salaries of the nearly 175 teachers in MUSD#19 if the teachers are not required to report to school, or other scholastic locations, for the remainder of March? I hope not. The high school alone is the designated work location for more than 80 teachers and well over 100 personnel when including principals, secretaries, staff, and counselors. How does a non-substitute teacher’s contract with the district account for this situation?

    • Anonymous on March 16, 2020 at 11:50 am

      The teachers are union. What do you think? Can you say “vacation?”

      • Anonymous on March 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm

        The teachers are stilll on the job in some capacity. They also have their children at home to keep safe. If they are teaching their children like at home parents, it is not a vacation.

  21. Anonymous on March 13, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Have people lost their ever-lovin’ minds? I saw a lady with two carts full of toilet paper at Walmart. OMG!! What is she planning on doing with all that TP? I don’t understand why sports events are closing, and schools. And I certainly don’t understand why the senior center is closed. Is this virus really worse than the flu? Are people just now understanding the need to wash their hands and not sneeze on others? This whole thing is insane.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Ok, I don’t understand the whole toilet paper thing myself, but as to the rest, where have you been living, under a rock? The normal flu infects 1.3 persons it comes in contact with, COVID19 2 TO 4. And unfortunately, COVID19 is virulent BEFORE you show any symptoms, so long before you get sick, you’re infecting other people. COVID19 is also 20 times deadlier than the flu. The reason you aren’t seeing many cases RightNow is because the government screwed up the testing process. Where other countries were using a World Health Organization test, we opted to develop our own test, and it was faulty. So places like South Korea we’re testing 10,000 a day, when we still haven’t tested that many to date.

      As to your sports and entertainment being cancelled, that’s such an American thing to complain about. There won’t be enough respirators or ICU beds, but you’re worried about March Madness and Cardinal baseball. If we had tested correctly in the beginning, we could have pinpointed the outbreak hotspots and contained. That horse has bolted now, it’s estimated that up to 80% of the country could be exposed to some level. Right now the worst case scenario is in Italy. We’re going to make that look like a piece of cake by the time we’re done. Because people like you don’t take this seriously and follow social distancing and proper virus maintenance. Get informed and be responsible!

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2020 at 12:49 am

      I don’t get the whole toilet paper thing either, so I can’t help with that, but as to the rest… The reason the Senior Center is closed is because people over the age of 60 are more likely to suffer sever complications from COVID-19, along with those with compromised systems (high blood pressure, COPD, Chemo, obesity, diabetes…). That doesn’t give a get out of jail free card to everyone else though. Unfortunately with this virus you become virulent long before you start feeling symptoms, so you’re infecting people you don’t intend to, because you don’t even know you’re sick yet. That’s why the sporting events were cancelled. We need to do what we can to break the chain of this virus. It’s going to be at least a year, if not longer before a vaccine is available. Until then, the only way to stop the virus is through social distancing. COVID-19 is TEN TIMES deadlier than the flu and twice as communicable. Yeah it sucks that everything is cancelled, but it beats the hell out of the alternative. People are going to be shocked once testing actually begins and we get some accurate numbers. Hopefully it will take care of these people who keep saying it’s just the flu or a cold, because it isn’t.

  22. Anonymous on March 12, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I just went to the Senior Center website, looking to donate to the local Meals on Wheels online. I got the same page I’ve been seeing for a year, nothing. Why can I only donate to the national Meal on Wheels? I’d like to keep some of my money local, but the Senior Center site can’t be bothered to putting up local links? Seriously? Why have a link for donations if you aren’t going to take advantage of it???

  23. Anonymous on March 7, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I know this business is not in Mascoutah, but I didn’t have any other venue to raise my opinion plus I think it will make you appreciate how welcoming our businesses really are. I went to the FCB Bank in New Baden on Saturday. The cashiers are never friendly. They are not rude, just not very welcoming. I always feel like I am bothering them although it’s their job.
    There was an elderly, white haired lady in line next to me. She was sweet, and was talking to the cashier about how beautiful the weather was. The cashier just kept on working, never smiled, and barely ackowledged the lady who was making a deposit. It would have taken her two seconds to say, ‘yes, it looks nice today.’
    If you don’t like your job, then please do us all a favor and find another occupation. A smile doesn’t cost a dime. A little bit of recognition that we picked your business, doesn’t cost a dime.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      I do not know about other banks, but Citizens has always been friendly.

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