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One Way to Support the Troops PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 22:21

My nephew Jack is in the Army in Iraq. He's been there a year, and his unit was scheduled to come back to the States two weeks ago. In fact, a few hundred made it back to Alaska, and a few hundred more to Kuwait, before they were told that their tour in Iraq had been extended four months, and they were going to Baghdad.

“Wake-Up Wal-Mart” Tour Comes to Davenport PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 15 August 2006 22:46

The national Wake-Up Wal-Mart campaign (WUWM) will be in Davenport on Wednesday, August 16, at 6 p.m. at United Neighbors, located at 808 North Harrison Street.

Since August 1, The WUWM campaign has embarked on a national bus tour, visiting 35 cities in 19 states. The bus, affectionately nicknamed Smiley, will be touring Iowa, as well, and Davenport is one of its stops along the way. Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver will also be there! This will be a town-hall meeting to discuss what we want the face of America to look like. Everyone is welcome!

Fragile Deserve Dignity and Quality Care in Nursing Homes PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 22:32

Illinois is to be commended for addressing the issue of criminals living in nursing homes, but there is also a need to address the failure of care in far too many nursing homes in this country.

There was a time when a family member who was not considered community-worthy was placed in a back room of the house and left there to live out his or her life. Tragically, too many nursing homes have become the back rooms of our time.

The fear of living in a nursing home looms larger for far too many people than the fear of dying. It shouldn't be this way. It doesn't have to be this way.

“Taste” Should Have Been More Accessible PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 01 August 2006 23:06

My name is Jim Maloney. I am a resident of Rock Island and use a wheelchair.

My favorite Quad Cities event is the Taste of the Quad Cities, which I've attended for the past five years. In previous years, I had no problems with wheelchair accessibility at the Taste. However, this year my visit to the Taste of the Quad Cities was ruined due to changes made that totally ignored the needs of persons who use wheelchairs.

Save the City! PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 18 July 2006 22:23

Davenport's opulent "Barley Corn Hall" was built with only two years' proceeds from the notorious saloon/brothel "sin tax" in 1895. The marble plaque in the lobby immortalizes the mayor (former saloon association lawyer/lobbyist), police chief (licensed two brothels in his wife's name), and Alderman Malloy (broke the nose and ribs of a citizen who criticized the council for selling out).

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