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Governance Committee Rears Its Ugly Head Again PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 03:36

On August 4, 2005, the publisher of the River Cities' Reader, the Quad-City Times city-hall reporter, and an Argus/Dispatch journalist strategically positioned themselves outside the doors of City Hall, just as the city attorney unlocked them at 6 p.m., allowing the media through, then re-locking the doors behind them. They had finally gained entrance to the elusive "Governance Committee" meetings.

The Legal Basis for Abortion PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Thursday, 25 January 2007 05:03

It was the Gisswold v. Connecticut case in 1965 that struck down state laws prohibiting married couples from using birth control; the law was ruled unconstitutional because it violated marital privacy, a right protected by the Constitution.

Green Versus Green “Lite” PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 02:20

The article "Buildings That Breathe" makes some great points overall, but the homesteading movement is not dead, and not just in California. (See River Cities' Reader Issue 616, January 17-23, 2007.) There are many alternative building/energy conferences one can go to in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois focusing on straw-bale construction, log construction, and alternative heating/energy for the cabin set. There are many publications that cater to the modern homesteader.

City Must Get Creative with Incentives for Downtown PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 02:21

Last week's remarks regarding Cingular were well-developed and -thought-out. (See "The Cingular Deal: What Could Have Been," River Cities' Reader Issue 613, December 27, 2006-January 2, 2007.) I, like you, understand you can't force a company to choose downtown. I also understand our city may have tried to encourage a downtown site.

Algae Are the Future of Biofuel PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 03:25

I spent yesterday researching biodiesel technology and companies to invest in, and then I picked up the Reader and saw your request for information on local stations that sell it.

These links are to maps and lists of stations that sell E85 and biodiesel across the country. Click here for E85 Stations. Click here for Biodiesel stations.

I just want to say that I think the corn-based biodiesel is just setting corn farmers up for a big bust. Corn will yield 18 gallons of biodiesel per acre, while algae will produce 10,000. (Yields of common crops: click here.) I'm putting my money on algae biodiesel.

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