Letter to the Editor of the Belleville News Democrat 2/23/2011

This is a letter written to the Editor of the Belleville News Democrat and published on 2/23/2011

The link is here, but I can’t say how long it will be available.

Revolt like an Egyptian

America, you have been outdone. All of your posturing, platitudes and rhetoric are for naught.

The events that coalesced the Egyptian people to take a stand exist here in America, but nary a dissenting voice is raised against your keepers. How sad; and you call this the land of the free and home of the brave.

Egyptian blogger Wael Ghonim stated he had enough when he saw photos of a fellow Egyptian who died at the hands of police. He said the Egyptian police acted like they were in charge instead of the people. What caused a revolt in Egypt happens every day in America.

He also mentioned that you must first lose psychological fear; the fear government uses to keep you accepting its abuses. My fear left long ago. What are they going to do to me? The Fairview Heights Police already tried to kill me and failed.

Since that time I’ve filed a civil lawsuit and approached former State’s Attorney Bob Haida, State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, and Judge John Baricevic with criminal charges. They have refused to answer or mishandled the information. I’ve approached the News-Democrat as well. There is no justice here.

I go into much more detail on my site at http://www.markmccoy.com.

You think you are free? You think you have responsive government? Think again.

America deserves what the Egyptian people gave their government.

Mark McCoy


This is a response to my letter from a News Democrat reader, Bev Mattison.

Proud to be an American

I need to respond to the recent letter by Mark McCoy.

My first thought after reading his letter was, seriously? Then I reread it. I couldn’t believe anyone would compare the United States government with Egypt.

I was especially amused by him comparing the person killed by Egyptian police to his apparent encounter with the Fairview Heights Police Department, stating, “Fairview Heights Police tried to kill me and failed.”

All deference to his overactive imagination, but if the Fairview Heights Police Department tried to kill him, they would have succeeded. Their training and professionalism are top-notch. They don’t make those types of errors.

McCoy also asks, “Do you think you’re free?” Yes, mostly. “Do you think your government is responsive?” Not always, but it’s far superior to most other countries.

As for America deserving what the Egyptian people gave their government, I agree. Ours took place about 236 years ago. It was called the American Revolution. You can Google it!

Bev Mattison

Fairview Heights



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