• Despite crummy weather, more than 200 people showed up to help mark the "ground staking" for new Trinity North Campus in Bettendorf. Civic leaders and hospital employees, doctors, and auxiliary members used ceremonial mallets to drive in stakes along a symbolic perimeter for the 58,000-square-foot hospital off Utica Ridge Road.

• Painfully poignant as today's headlines bring us closer to adopting a Robocop reality, I beg of everyone to stop and listen to a simple question: "What's Going On?" A star-studded re-mix CD posing Marvin Gaye's soulful question has just hit store shelves, a puff of hope and harmony from the lips of the next generation to keep the dream of brotherhood afloat.

Our undeclared war on Afghanistan is the culmination of a decade of U.S. aggression with a humanitarian façade.

Once the natural sympathies of the American people were touched by the plight of the long-suffering Afghan people, public opinion swung toward helping them.

As the October 23 referendum approaches, we would like to add our
names to the growing list of supporters for River Renaissance. This is a community investment that will yield extremely high returns in a number of ways.

A lot of movie theatres give lip service to independent and foreign-language movies, but few actually follow through. The new Nova 6 theatre in Moline is making a six-week, 11-film commitment to art-house movies starting October 10, and it features nearly every noteworthy "little" movie of the summer.

When the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) kicked off its concert season on October 6 at the Adler Theatre, the performance couldn't help but be partly covered in darkness. The shroud of pain and uncertainty and musical weeping of the first half seemed fitting given the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.

As the initial shock over the terrible events of September 11 turns into deep sadness and a profound sense of loss, our sympathy goes to those across the country and around the world who mourn loved ones. With a sense of awe and gratitude, we learn of those who survived, those who committed heroic acts, and those who continue to do so every day as they undertake the incredible task of search and rescue in New York.

In the past two years, the Quad City Symphony (QCSO) under the direction of musical director and conductor Donald Schleicher has demonstrated its ability to program diverse, compelling concerts. Old reliable pieces have been buttressed by less-traditional works, resulting in concerts that are both enjoyable and enlightening.

Walter Trout's voice and guitar playing have a desperation to them, a sense of need that fuels the songs.

It's easy to read a bit much into them, perhaps, because while Trout is revered in Europe, he's still searching for his deserved reputation in his native States.

Our enemy now has a name.

And it's not Osama bin Laden.

Vice President Dick Cheney told the nation Sunday morning, during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, that the United States is focused upon the international terrorist organization known as Al-Qaida.

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