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Not Supporting Rock Island School Referendum PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
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Wednesday, 30 January 2008 02:20

I'm a big fan of Rock Island/Milan School District #41. Now and in the past it has provided quality education for the community, my children included, and leads the Quad Cities in any number of educational areas.

But I cannot support the February 5 referendum to restructure the district's schools.

Revitalize Trains PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 02:15

Imagine the day when higher-speed passenger-train tracks are laid between the current traffic lanes of the interstate highway system. Imagine the day in the future when you decide to take your family on vacation across the country and instead of loading up the car for a multi-day trip or going to the airport, you get on the train at the interstate highway near your home for a fast, energy-efficient, and cost-effective trip that is not connected to Amtrak.

Is Your Medicare Drug Plan Naughty or Nice? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 02:29

The holidays are here again. That means it's time for decorations, gifts, family, friends, and food. But during all the celebrating, seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D should carve out time to consider whether they want to stay with their current prescription drug plan.

“Test Optional” a New Way to Discriminate PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 02:41

This new policy of "test optional" admissions is an end run around a recent court decision banning race-based preferences in student admissions, specifically the controversy that surrounded the University of Michigan. (See "Scrubbing Bubbles," River Cities' Reader Issue 659, November 14-20, 2007.) Augustana simply wants to discriminate against whites and males without civil liability and has found a way to do so.


Reverend Jim Richter

Via the Reader Web site


Dog Food for Seniors PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:16

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the central statistic the federal government uses to calculate inflation. The CPI is a statistic used by the government to track the cost of goods and services. Beginning with the Jimmy "I will never lie to you" Carter administration, food and energy were removed from the CPI because of the volatility in pricing of these items, but that has since been extended to include anything that reflects unstable or volatile pricing. This was done because this volatility in pricing interfered with long-range projections concerning inflation.

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