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Hold Elected Officials Accountable PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Mike Angelos   
Friday, 01 June 2012 07:58

Congress passed and in December the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without due process.

Upon quick inspection, it violates the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Founders must be screaming from their graves.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley voted for it.

Federal court Judge Katherine Forrest issued a preliminary injunction that bars the government from enforcing section 1021 of the NDAA’s “Homeland Battlefield” provisions that permits indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens.

At his Eldridge town-hall meeting, I asked the senator if he was aware that a federal judge overturned a portion of legislation he just voted for.

He was not.

 
Is Terronez Being Treated Justly? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Richard Boalbey   
Saturday, 05 May 2012 08:37

Much has been published about the penalties imposed upon (now former) Rock Island State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez for purchasing alcohol for an underage girl.

“He who makes judgment without hearing both sides, though the judgment be just, is himself unjust.” (Ancient legal maxim.)

The Illinois Constitution states: “All penalties shall be determined both according to the seriousness of the offense and with the objective of restoring the offender to useful citizenship. No conviction shall work corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate. No person shall be transported out of the state for an offense committed within the state.”

We should, first, look at the seriousness of the offense. Have there been others who have purchased alcohol for her? Has she purchased alcohol for herself? How serious was the purchase of alcohol by this offender? Was it merely part of many instances when she acquired alcohol? Is this young girl more mature than her years?

 
Congress Should Be Selected by People, Not Parties PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Written by Billy D. Clifford   
Monday, 09 April 2012 10:28

Candidates brought forward by the GOP and the Democratic parties represent their parties and the special interests that fund them, not you and me. These candidates must conform to one of the two, usually diametrically opposed, political platforms. This candidate-selection process gives us fiction-based polarizing campaigns, a failed education system, trillions in public debt, and a tax system for special interests.

Candidates should represent the people who elect them. That’s how the U.S. House of Representatives is supposed to work – members represent the voters from geographic districts within each state. We should be voting for individual candidates, not a political party.

There is a process that does allow citizen representatives to be selected by the people in their local district. These candidates are not associated with any political party and will limit themselves to two terms. Go to GOOOH.com to learn more.

Serving in Congress should be an honor, not a career.

Billy D. Clifford
Austin, Texas

 
“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.

 
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