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“Best of the Quad Cities” Was Disappointing PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Deborah Davis   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:05

I have a bone to pick with you.

I want to start off saying that I thoroughly enjoy your publication and read it every other week. I think you are a great contributor to the growing culture of the Quad Cities that is much needed and appreciated. With that said ... the bone.

The “Best of the Quad Cities” for fall of 2011 was disappointing to say the least. It is not a good representation of the entire area given to the nature of how the submissions were collected and whom they were collected from. In the introduction it’s mentioned that it was like “pulling teeth” to get people to participate in this style of survey. It is evident from the results that this way of polling the public’s opinion did not work.

 
Aid to Israel Hurts Rather Than Helps PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by James Blake   
Thursday, 15 December 2011 11:50

What if conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?” – Ron Paul before the U.S. House of Representatives, February 12, 2009

It baffles me how some conservatives who rail against the excess and waste of big government here at home, in particular its uncanny ability to mismanage and squander our money, still have this benevolent view of government when it comes to our meddling abroad. Not only that, but how can we with a straight face decry the welfare state (socialism) here at home, all the while endorsing free handouts to other nations paid for by our tax dollars?

Foreign aid to Israel is often a popular point of controversy when discussing our foreign policy. As is often the case, the media prefers shocking sound bites rather than critical analyses in order to shape our opinions on the topic. We are encouraged to believe in this two-dimensional world view that all Israelis love the idea of America financing their country.

 
Grass Roots Rising: A Call to Arms for Independents PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Roger Farinha   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 05:05

I submit for your consideration that the Tea Party uprising and the Occupy Wall Street movements are one and the same. I’m sure there are many members of the Tea Party as well as Occupiers who would vehemently protest this idea. But I insist that, in order to truly take the bull by the horns, we must recognize the same underlying American Spring that manifests itself in these apparently distinct movements.

 
Understanding SuperLiberty PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Michael D. Elliott   
Monday, 31 October 2011 10:48

From the recent Quad-City Times commentary “Independents MIA in Iowa Q-C,” there seems to be some confusion as to what SuperLiberty is. Started in December 2008 as a local, nonpartisan liberty alliance, we promote all groups who support liberty.

We favor no party over another. We are neither Republican nor Democrat, Right nor Left, Conservative nor Liberal. In fact the American two-party monopoly perpetuates a false issue-based division amongst the people and helps to prevent us from uniting under the common cause of personal liberty.

 
Contact Your Elected Officials Now About Property Taxes PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Diane Holst   
Monday, 31 October 2011 10:38

Last week, the Iowa Department of Revenue issued an Assessment Limitations Order, or “rollback,” on property values in Iowa. The order adjusts the property values used by local governments to compute property taxes for agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial property. The taxable value for residential property will be 50.7518 percent of the assessed value. This is an increase from the 2010 level of 48.5299 percent.

This will result in an increase to your residental property tax next September 1 if your assessment stays the same or increases if the levy rates for the various taxing authorities (city, county, schools, community college, etc.) are not lowered.

 
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