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Where is the Distinction Between Local Democrats and Republicans? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 31 July 2001 18:00
This year’s November elections are proving to be quite interesting indeed. Local politics is often a microcosm of how it works on the state and national level, so it is important to scrutinize the process. Last week, in an unprecedented political maneuver in which Democrats behaved like schoolyard children, the Democratic Central Committee PAC ousted one of its own (Bob Yapp, who is now running for mayor as an Independent) for openly criticizing the PAC.

Disclaimers R Us PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 24 July 2001 18:00
Last week’s cover story and editorial in the River Cities’ Reader regarding DavenportOne elicited a phone call from a Davenport city staff member who was concerned that commenting on DavenportOne’s first year in operation without disclosing certain facts relative to the Reader appears to be a conflict of interest for this paper.

DavenportOne: Front Group for Special Interests or the Economic Organziational Muscle We Need? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 17 July 2001 18:00
As readers can see, our cover story this week features the first anniversary of DavenportOne. While congratulations are definitely in order, it was somewhat shocking for me to note the enormous weight DavenportOne gave to the City of Davenport’s deal with Sentry Insurance as somehow being a feather in its own cap.

Where Oh Where is Davenport’s New City Administrator? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 10 July 2001 18:00
Where oh where is our new Davenport city administrator? It has been over three weeks since Mayor Phil Yerington announced his choice of Craig Malin for the position, amidst some dissention from players at DavenportOne and several of the aldermen, namely Aldermen Sherwood and McGivern.

Singing the Blues over Mike Dassie’s Passing PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Wednesday, 04 July 2001 18:00
I’ve known Mike Dassie for well over 20 years. Mike passed away last Thursday, June 28, after 57 years of a truly great presence on this earth. Mike was manager of the Davenport Country Club for thirteen years, owned O’Meara’s Pub in downtown Bettendorf for five years, and then went on to operate his own successful catering business.

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