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Tue
05
Dec
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I’m sick of Republicans, and politics in general

By Fred Arnold  Publisher

 

I’m as apolitical now, more so than any other time in my life since I was a kid. Thankfully in the 1960s and 70s I had other things on my mind and had not as of yet gotten into the political fray. Honestly I couldn’t be more disappointed in Republicans who are little more than bullies now that they are in power, and in the former bullies, the Democrats, who now portray themselves as victims.

Tue
28
Nov
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Supporting small business benefits us

By Deb Hadachek

Every so often I go hunting for current statistics and tables churned out by various government agencies.

Numbers never lie, as some pundits insist.

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Tue
28
Nov
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Starting the Christmas season tied up with a nice bow

By Fred Arnold

This past Friday I took up my usual post at the corner of 19th and M Street for the annual Christmas opening parade in downtown Belleville.

As I figured out which lens I wanted to use and how best to deal with the dark surroundings from a photography standpoint my mind was all over the place.

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Tue
21
Nov
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We can’t handle the truth

 By Deb Hadachek Editor

For many years, I served as a precinct committee woman for Jefferson Township for the Republic County Republican Party. Precinct committee people don’t do much, except to vote to fill vacancies when an elected official can’t complete their term. I stopped running for the post, however, because I was disgusted and embarrassed by the politics, the behaviors. and self-righteous, holierthan- thou proselytizing that seems to be the Republican Party these days on the local, state and national level.

The times I participated in the local process, I believe the candidates appointed were not the always the best person for the job.

 

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Tue
21
Nov
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Economic development is key to any community’s survival

 By Fred Arnold Publishe

To say that last week’s story in the Telescope regarding economic development caused a stir is an understatement.

Though appearing on “inside pages” the story line was that Belleville councilman Dr. Roger McCartney questioned if the city was getting (basically) their bang for the buck on investment into Republic County Economic Development. We have had a lot of calls, messages and comments regarding the story.

 

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Tue
14
Nov
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Thoughts for new civic leaders; of getting hacked

By Fred Arnold Publisher

This past week my head has been swirling with a couple of things: the new make up of local city government and having my bank account hacked.

Regarding the first, Belleville residents are going to be represented by a largely new/different city government. With two new council members and a new incoming mayor there are a few items I would like them all to consider.

 

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Tue
14
Nov
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When terror looks like us

By Deb Hadachek Editor

Eight people are killed in New York City by a foreignborn radical in a car, and Americans demand “extreme vetting” of all immigrants who set foot in the country.

A white, American male with a known history of domestic violence, child abuse, and terroristic threats walks into a Texas church last Sunday morning and guns down 26 infants, children and adults, and citizens cluck and shake their heads sadly and say “we really should do something about mental illness.”

What’s wrong with this picture?

 

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Tue
07
Nov
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Yes, it can happen here

By  Deb Hadachek Editor

The Republic County Republican Central Committee has a rare chance to choose a new Republic County Attorney November 17.

This decision is not a popularity contest. The county attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in any county. The job should be determined solely on who has the experience, skills and backbone necessary to fill that role. If the county attorney does their job right, they’re often not popular at all. Their challenge is to be fair and treat everyone equally.

 

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Tue
07
Nov
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Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Better let him out...

By Fred Arnold Publisher

“Is your refrigerator running? Well you’d better catch it before it runs away.”

That’s a classic phone prank from when I was a kid of there ever was one. I love a good prank as much as the next guy. I think nowadays they call the victim of a prank “getting punked.” Usually I have my guard up, well because of the local friends I keep here in Belleville.

 

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Tue
31
Oct
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Who (what? when?) exactly are we voting for?

By Deb Hadachek

We keep hearing something about elections, but no one is exactly certain who or what is on the ballot when or where.

So, here’s a brief cheat sheet:

•Next Tuesday, November 7 is your last chance to vote for a mayor/city council member, if you are a city resident in Republic County.

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