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Chamber Member Supports Eminent-Domain Veto PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, 27 June 2006 22:34

Kathleen McCarthy, in her "Donkey in Elephant's Clothing" opinion piece (see River Cities' Reader Issue 584, June 7-13, 2006), invited dues-paying members of local chambers of commerce to consider whether their interests as small-business owners were being served by the chambers' support for Governor Tom Vilsack's recent veto of House File (H.F.) 2351, and the governor's call for a special session of the legislature to modify this act. I have been a dues-paying member of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce and its corporate successor for nearly 25 years, and I am in total accord on these issues with both the governor and business leaders' support for the governor.

Davenport Should Provide Shelters for Trailer-Park Residents PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:40
It is now more than a month since Iowa City, Iowa, was struck by a devastating tornado. That April 13, 2006, tornado could just as easily have been a tornado striking Davenport, Iowa. And, if such a tornado had cut a path through one or more of Davenport’s trailer parks (especially at night), most of which are on the city’s west side, including three adjacent to each other and two nearby in northwest Davenport, there would have been many people killed, seriously injured, or maimed for life – all for lack of a close, adequate shelter built within those trailer parks! 

Dissent Keeps America Safe PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 17 May 2006 01:43
United 93 is a wonderful portrait of courage. But in the context of America’s current foreign policy, it comes off as a familiar bit of wound-licking. 

Screeners Trying to Keep the Skies Safe PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 02:39
In reference to the commentary that was published on April 12, 2006, entitled “You Can Leave Your Hat on (and Your Shoes, Too!)”:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as part of the Aviation & Transportation Security Act signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. TSA’s mission is to protect the nation’s transportation systems by ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. There are 43,000 Transportation Security Officers ensuring the safety of the traveling public at 450 commercial airports nationwide.

Art Retches Forward PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Letters to the Editor
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Tuesday, 18 April 2006 18:00
In his interesting review of the Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition at Augustana, Steve Banks rightfully points out that this year’s incarnation of the show is “unthemed” and thus more about “showcasing dynamic talent.

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