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Congressmen Aren’t Above the Law PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Guest Commentaries
Tuesday, 06 June 2006 23:17

Representative William Jefferson How strong is the case against Louisiana's Representative William Jefferson? According to numerous press accounts, after videotaping Jefferson receiving a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant, the government executed a search warrant of his home and found $90,000 of that money hidden in his freezer. In another case, a Kentucky businessman pleaded guilty to paying Jefferson $400,000 in bribes for official favors; and one of the congressman's key staff members has already entered a guilty plea to aiding and abetting the bribery of a public official.


Immigration Problem Requires Multifaceted Solution PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:15
The president’s recent prime-time address focused on illegal immigration, and has provided America with a unique opportunity to discuss this polarizing, hot-button issue in a rational way. While I support the idea of temporary National Guard assistance to secure the chaos at the border, we know that such action only briefly treats one symptom of a much larger problem.

The Law Can’t Stop Creativity and Invention PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:20
I recently found myself in Atlanta. Most conventioneers take the taxi from the airport to downtown, but since I was traveling on the largess of the Company, a buck-75 MARTA train ride felt more responsible than a $20 cab fare.

And so it was that I emerged from the caverns beneath Peachtree Plaza, squinting into the afternoon sun, searching among the canyons of steel and cement for my hotel.

“Where ya headed?”

He was five-foot-nothin’ and dressed in the somewhat ragged attire we used to discourage the kids from wearing in public. 

A New Community-Marketing Initiative Might Be on the Horizon PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006 03:07
My article that ran in this publication three weeks ago about how the city of Davenport was marketing itself has led to a significant response, and it’s running about six-to-one in support of what was said (23 positive and four negative). (See “Davenport Marketing Can’t Overcome City’s Deficiencies, River Cities’ Reader Issue 577, April 19-25, 2006.)

Interestingly enough, during one telephone call from a rather prominent Quad Citian providing me with feedback, I learned of an effort to develop a comprehensive “commerce” effort for the Quad Cities. This effort would involve private enterprise funds, and would combine the efforts of all of the cities’ major chambers, including DavenportOne. This was confirmed by a second person.

Theatrics Overshadow Serious Issues with the Swing PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:33
Kevin Krause showed last week that he knows how to orchestrate good drama, and that he has a decent sense of humor. Not since Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein made his escape in a gorilla suit last Halloween has a simian played such a major role in baseball shenanigans.

When Krause, president and general manager of the Swing of the Quad Cities, sent in the team’s mascot to deliver a check for $367,000 to Mayor Ed Winborn, he knew that the absurdity of the situation would make people forget some of the serious issues that had been raised recently.

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