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Iowa Candidates Don’t Want Voters to Know PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 24 September 2002 18:00
Iowa candidates for public office should be ashamed for not filling out Project Vote Smart’s National Political Awareness Test (NPAT). What message does it send to voters when our incumbents and challengers are unwilling to share their views with voters? And what does it say about the parties and political consultants who discourage candidates from such basic disclosure? This refusal to inform voters is part of the systemic problem that perpetuates lack of accountability of the body politic.

Only a Few Voters Control Davenport PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 17 September 2002 18:00
The Davenport Community School Board elections are over, and there is good news and bad. The good news is that Grant School parent Alan Guard was the top vote-getter throughout the majority of the city, representing the community’s desire for real change in the district.

Spot Zoning Unconscionable PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 10 September 2002 18:00
The current Davenport zoning issue for the old H&W property located on North Brady across from the Walnut Center is not so confusing when you strip away all the complexities involved and take a basic, common-sense approach.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Could Compromise City PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 27 August 2002 18:00
There are several components to Davenport’s zoning function: the city’s Plan & Zoning Department (PZD); the Plan & Zoning Commission (PZC), which is a recommending body made up of citizens; and the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA), which is a quasi-judicial body of citizens with the authority to decide certain zoning issues.

Parents’ Appeal Shows Evidence Ignored PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 20 August 2002 18:00
I am happy to report that the parents of students from Grant and Johnson elementary schools are appealing the Iowa Department of Education’s administrative law judge’s decision to uphold the closings of the two facilities.

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