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Fight Bad Laws PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mike Angelos   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 13:47

On Tuesday, a Scott County deputy pulled up behind me as I stopped at a local restaurant. He gave me a written warning for not wearing my seatbelt after checking my license and proof of insurance.

After I signed the written warning, I asked the deputy if he thought this was a good law. His response: “Yes, because it saves lives.”

I told him: “If we could put a cop in everyone’s car, that would also save lives.” Or, we could outlaw cars; that would save lives.

 
“Hold the Line” Masks Property-Tax Hike PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mark Nelson   
Friday, 19 November 2010 10:35

The Davenport aldermen’s and mayor’s “hold the line” position is at best typically disingenuous political spin. More accurately, especially to residential taxpayers, it is simply dishonest. Even if they “hold the line” on the city’s tax rate, the residential taxpayers will have a 3.41-percent increase in their property-tax bills. In the current economy, with no inflation, no reasonable basis exists for Davenport to impose a tax increase on its citizens. Adding an insult to this tax increase, the city will use the increase to pay $3 million more for public-employee costs when private-sector income is dropping. Every (non-union-sponsored) study comparing private-sector to public-sector pay shows our public employees are considerably overpaid. If the city truly wants to “hold the line,” then follow the private sector’s lead – start aggressively outsourcing the overpaid city jobs.

Mark Nelson
Davenport

 
Riley Supports De-Criminalizing Marijuana PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mark Riley   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:37

The focus of my campaign remains getting Iowans back to work and balancing the state budget by reducing government spending. In the spirit of reducing government spending and protecting our liberties, I have decided to pursue my inclination to de-criminalize marijuana use and distribution in the state of Iowa if elected to the Senate. Let me be clear that changing Iowa’s law will not change the federal classification of marijuana. Further let me also state that I will not pursue a policy of “medical marijuana” that will pit the state law against the federal law and contribute to a California-like problem that comes with taxation and commercialization.

 
Board Candidate Questions County Energy Audit PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Jesse Anderson   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:34

What do Scott County, Iowa, and Chicago have in common?

Not much, except that a company from Chicago is about to get a $160,000 contract paid for by Iowa taxpayer dollars.

For what, you ask? An energy audit on the county’s eight facilities – including the brand new, state-of-the-art Scott County courthouse and jail.

Why does a two-year-old multi-million-dollar facility need an energy audit?

I doubt it does. However, the county had secured some grant money (a.k.a. Iowa taxpayer dollars), and when they found out the audit was going to cost less than expected on the two buildings that were originally slated for, they decided to spend the rest because they thought it was better to find a place to “spend, spend, spend” instead of patting themselves on the back for what could have been tens of thousands of dollars of savings to the state.

 
Jazz Singer Praises Polyrhythms PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Petra van Nuis   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 15:38

I am writing in praise of Nate Lawrence and Polyrhythms. Polyrhythms is a Quad Cities organization dedicated to bringing jazz music to their community, not only through live performance, but also with workshops for non-musicians and musicians alike. These events take place the third Sunday of every month at the state-of-the-art Redstone Room inside the beautiful new River Music Experience building, which serves as a museum/classroom/performance space for American music (with an emphasis on jazz music that came up the Mississippi River).

I am a jazz vocalist based in Chicago. Last Sunday, I had the great fortune of performing for the Quad Cities community as part of Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz program. The experience was very rewarding because of the combination of the performance and the workshop.

 
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