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Mount Vernon, IL

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Regardless of any opinion, homosexual acts are not natural. They add nothing but misery to the procreation of the human race and has lead to the fall of many great empires.  (Jun 17, 2013 | post #39833)

Mount Vernon, IL

Urban blight and the forgotten half of Mt. Vernon

Last night I made a trip to Good Samaritan Hospital. Driving on Broadway, I noticed it took an additional 15 minutes to reach the hospital. Additionally, I could not find the big blue Hospital sign indicating where to turn off Broadway. Wondering about this.... I realize it does not take too long to see an incredible amount of URBAN BLIGHT (using kind words) on the eastern half of Mt. Vernon starting from about 8th Street. Included in this "blight" is now the old Armory. Maintenance on the building stopped years ago with the promise of a new armory. The roof leaks like a sieve and the gym floor is all but ruined. There has been no mention of mold... but that will be the next headline. The old highschool will be exactly the same. Housing on this side of town, especially south of Broadway, is nearly a getto. Drive it and you be the judge. Assume two people, meeting at the courthouse to present future investments in the community. One came into town from the east... the other from the west. Each would think the other was nuts and their conversation would involve an indepth look into the entire area. A "drive by" grab a meal pit stop from I-57 would suggest Mt. Vernon is a very progressive town. But to a savy investor, they would see a freshly painted wall. They would ask, "Why do you not take such care the entire city you have?" "As the HUB of Jefferson County, why do you NOT maintain the infrastructure you have?" "Your town is like a movie set.... you look good from the interstate at the sacrifice of everything out of sight." With this wide angle view, ask yourself... "Would you see Mt. Vernon as a city commited to the progressive growtn of the entire community?" "Would you see Mt. Vernon as a city governed by all of it's people, or governed by it's investors?"  (Jun 14, 2013 | post #1)

Mount Vernon, IL

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Elliminating survivor benifits to the survivors of same sex marriages would save those funds and protect the security of these retirement funds. Changing the actuary numbers used would emediately reduce payments to all retirees. Increasing payments into retirement funds would help include same sex into the actuaries, however, there would be 40 to 50 years worth of fund deposits missing. (Years worked until the death of one spouse.) My bet is, if same sex survivor benifits were eliminated, they would not have gotten married in the first place.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #38054)

Mount Vernon, IL

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Now, are the surviving spouse of same sex marriages going to get survivor benifits such as pensions and SSI? The "actuaries " used to calculate fund payments have not included same sex marriages. In fact, based on census data there is a ratio established using specific numbers of married and singles. Simply stated, there is not enough money in SSI, pension funds or other survivor benifits to include payments to a survivor of a same sex marriage. Including them will deplete our funds and the security of our future retirements.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #38053)

Mount Vernon, IL

General Tire Cheaters

Take 3100 people together on 5 different shifts working together for 8 or 12 hours and there is bound to be some hanky panky somewhere. Marriage isn't something you get and it is there forever. People who stay married, work at it. Sometimes you have to work at it hard. So, do not blame GT if you're too self centered to give and take, discuss issues with understanding and compassion. It is not all you (or them). Don't blame GT if your marriage falls apart. GT had nothing to do with it. It was falling apart anyway.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #15)

Mount Vernon, IL

Jefferson County Justice Center

Taxpayer....... actually, Roger Mulch was elected after the jail was built. If you would go in the foyer of JCJC on the right hand wall you will find a brass plaque listing the County Board members who chose to build the multi-million dollar albatross.... WITH OUT A PUBLIC VOTE! It is the COUNTY CHAIRMAN and HIS BOARD that decide on and approve the budget for JCJC and they expect the Sheriff to stay within that budget. The Sheriff has some input to the budget but, the Chairman and the Board hold the purse strings. Regarding the latest travesty loosing the ICE prisoners, I believe the Chairman and Board knew all along JCJC was not in compliance with ICE requirements and I believe all along they knew the outcome. A recent letter to the RN editor supports some of that belief. Jefferson County residents desirves to have a good investigative reporter find the facts. This smells like it has been fertilized enough to grow hair on a wooden leg. Their is an obligation to the citizens of Jefferson County to provide clarity and honestity that is beyond reproach. As voters we must know how this multi-million business we call Jefferson County is being managed.  (Jan 27, 2013 | post #5)

Mount Vernon, IL

150 dead babies in Illinois

The nation has been brought to it's knees at tragedies such as Sandy Point and others.... Yet in 2012 90 babies died from ABUSE and NEGLECT. With 60 other cases STILL under investigation. http://www.state.i l.us/dcfs/docs/NEW S_2012_Child_death s_skyrocket.pdf 150 dead babies in Illinois......... Where is the Headline? 150 DEAD BABIES... Where is the news media? 150 DEAD BABIES.... Where is the public outrage?  (Jan 27, 2013 | post #1)

Mount Vernon, IL

A greener Chicago would be a safer Chicago

Oh, I guess the topic of a "greener " Chicago suggests all these illegals should get GREEN CARDS!  (Jan 27, 2013 | post #9)

Mount Vernon, IL

A greener Chicago would be a safer Chicago

With nearly a quarter of a million illegal citizens, is it no surprize Chicago has a crime problem? Why do the Chicago Dems embrace illegals? www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=tZak1AnD8fI Chicago actually subsidizes illegals just to get their vote. It is hard to admit but, Chicago is a cespool of crime upon crime upon crime, etc. What makes their opinion towards gun control reliable? As an example to the country, Chicago should STRIP every gun from every citizen in Chicago. Take them away and crush them... melt them down. Then and only then they will understand what a quarter of a million illegal aliens can do to an unprotected city.  (Jan 26, 2013 | post #6)

Mount Vernon, IL

A greener Chicago would be a safer Chicago

Chicago could start by just following the law. That is, to enforce the law. 95% of the 250,000 ilegal aliens are within 25 miles of the center of Chicago. That amounts to 237,500 people who legally cannot be in the United States. To really add STUPIDITY to our leaders, they are giving these people who cannot be here legally, the privilage of driving. Just so they can legally vote!  (Jan 19, 2013 | post #3)

Mount Vernon, IL

Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

We have (at least) three newly elected state representatives who are criminals. One was removed from office by his peers, then re-elected to the same office. We are making it legal for illegal aliens to get driver licenses. We are still trying to trash the 2nd ammendment. We are making it legal for same sex marriages. Our state leaders have spent our state into such incredible debt, they are sacrificing medical care, pensions and education by either not paying monies owed or doing so several months late. This state, overwhelmed by corrupt leaders, is spiraling down the drain. I would not be surprised if they take our star off the American Flag! If not corrected, we will become a state of corrupt, gay, illegal aliens who are so broke they don't have a pot to piss in.  (Jan 10, 2013 | post #37027)

Mount Vernon, IL

Jefferson County

For a moment, forget about politics... I know, that is nearly impossible. But for once.... just once forget about politics. What exactly happened to loose ice prisoners? There has to be more than just a lack of paper work. In order to pull out all those prisoners, there had to be a dialog for quite a bit of time before they were moved out of JCJC. So, who knew JCJC was in trouble? When did they know? Why didn't the County Board (chairman) allow the necessary changes to prevent the removal of ice prisoners? What are the details about another prisoner filing a suit over medical issues? Honestly, there are so many holes in this issue, the holes are bigger than the issue. Please, Register News..... Sentintal..... WMIX..... someone dig into this and bring the trueth to the public  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #1)

Mount Vernon, IL

General Tire Cheaters

Anon, I don't know about Senior but I have never missed a day in many many years... So, what to you mean by, "what about those who do show up to work............ " I have a closet full of perfect attendance jackets and several thousand dollars in savings bonds all for perfect attendance. Not bad. So, they won't hire you... have you had an interview? How is your work history? Ever been terminated? I've seen a whole lot of folks start out there thinking they were on the good ship lolly pop....... only to find out, THEY HAD TO WORK! Or they work two months and think they should be promoted and go to day shift. It is WORK. They pay people for WORKING and just as any other employer they expect people to be there on time for every shift they are scheduled. If and when you are interviewed, I would suspect, you would need to present yourself as someone who has a passion to be an asset. Not show up in shorts and flip flops with a hand full of jewelery stuck in your face. You are there to sell yourself as the BEST. Sell yourself as the FUTURE. This is a one time opportunity for a career that can take care of you and your family, the rest of your life. You must have a work ethic that supports your drive to be the best. And, honestly, I work out there.... the people I work with are EXACTLY THAT.... THE BEST! Yeah, if you look around, there are a few stinkers.... but if you watch them, they somehow don't last long.  (Jan 8, 2013 | post #4)