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Posturing Parrots and the VIP PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 13 February 2001 18:00
Can a politician be more obvious in his efforts to further his own political career than Alderman Roland Caldwell during last Wednesday’s City Council Meeting? The platitudes were flowing like syrup on pancakes from most of the aldermen, but especially from Caldwell, who is seeking the Alderman-at-Large seat in next month’s special election.

 
Alderman Ignores Citizen During “Public with Business” PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 06 February 2001 18:00
It didn’t even take a week for the public’s worst fears to be realized regarding the recent censorship of Davenport’s “Public with Business” portion of council meetings. At last week’s Community Development meeting, chaired by Alderman Bill Sherwood, the cameras were turned off during the “Public with Business” segment as promised, whereupon Alderman Sherwood proceeded to ignore citizen Niky Bowles during her allotted five-minute presentation by taking a call on his cell phone.

 
Des Moines Register Story a Parrot Job PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 30 January 2001 18:00
The January 27, 2001, Des Moines Register article on both Davenport’s and Cedar Rapids’ decision to censor “Public with Business” is a great example of how the media can misguide the public. The reporter gave no context for any of the pertinent aspects of the story.

 
Dark Days Ahead for Davenport PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 23 January 2001 18:00
Last week marked the darkest day in Davenport in recent history, and by many accounts the beginning of the end for Davenport’s current city council. To the horror of the public, our only champion, Mayor Phil Yerington, turned tail and joined five aldermen (Moritz-1st Ward, McGivern-6th Ward, Sherwood-At-Large, Englemann-8th Ward, and Brown-7th Ward) in censoring the “Public with Business” segment of city council meetings from being broadcast on our community cable channel.

 
Davenport City Council Censors Public Input PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 16 January 2001 18:00
I spoke too soon!!! In a recent editorial (Reader issue #304, January 3, 2001), I lauded Davenport’s City Council for continuing the policy of airing council meetings on public television. However, during its annual goal-setting sessions, which took place last Sunday and Monday, January 14 and 15, this same council voted 8-2 in favor of censoring the last portion of their meetings, commonly referred to as “Public with Business (PWB),” by purposely withholding it from an ever-growing viewership.

 
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