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Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 11 July 2006 22:28

Kenny on "Hardware Wars," River Cities' Reader Issue 588, July 5-11, 2006:

What is interesting here is the reasons they need the incentive. The developer, Mr. Raufeisen, stated that in order to get these business (Panera and Ace) into the property, they needed lower rental rates than he could offer, given the price of the land. The land price is clearly over-inflated by the land owner, who in Mr. Raufeisen's words "knows what he has."

So, it seems, to get this deal closed, and keep all the developers in profit, the City of Rock Island will spend our tax dollars to pay the difference. That difference is the fat profit to the landowner, and the developer.

Maybe the site business case doesn't wash?

The developer could not care less what happens after the deal goes down. He will have made his money in one shot. While there is nothing wrong with making money, I do have a problem with Rock Island favoring this developer at the expense of two established businesses. Why do it?

It also seems that the city will need to circumvent the law to even make it happen. That is not right.

If this is such a good thing for Rock Island, and Mr. Raufeisen is concerned at all about the future of the city, let him or the landowner take less profit and make it happen without spending tax money that is needed for schools and firefighters.


One River Mississippi Thanks Community PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 04 July 2006 22:33

We wish to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the generous coverage of One River Mississippi provided by the River Cities' Reader. The article, photos, map, and survey printed in the June 21 issue provided clear and accurate information. The cover was dynamite, as well! The countdown ads that began in May helped to create early interest in this event. Thanks for being with us every step of the way.

Chamber Member Supports Eminent-Domain Veto PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:34

Kathleen McCarthy, in her "Donkey in Elephant's Clothing" opinion piece (see River Cities' Reader Issue 584, June 7-13, 2006), invited dues-paying members of local chambers of commerce to consider whether their interests as small-business owners were being served by the chambers' support for Governor Tom Vilsack's recent veto of House File (H.F.) 2351, and the governor's call for a special session of the legislature to modify this act. I have been a dues-paying member of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce and its corporate successor for nearly 25 years, and I am in total accord on these issues with both the governor and business leaders' support for the governor.

Davenport Should Provide Shelters for Trailer-Park Residents PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:40
It is now more than a month since Iowa City, Iowa, was struck by a devastating tornado. That April 13, 2006, tornado could just as easily have been a tornado striking Davenport, Iowa. And, if such a tornado had cut a path through one or more of Davenport’s trailer parks (especially at night), most of which are on the city’s west side, including three adjacent to each other and two nearby in northwest Davenport, there would have been many people killed, seriously injured, or maimed for life – all for lack of a close, adequate shelter built within those trailer parks! 

Dissent Keeps America Safe PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:43
United 93 is a wonderful portrait of courage. But in the context of America’s current foreign policy, it comes off as a familiar bit of wound-licking. 

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