The more one delves into the misinformation that abounds relative to the proposal by Isle of Capri (IOC) to build a 10-story hotel and five-story parking ramp on downtown Davenport's scarce riverfront, the more outrageous the whole concept becomes.

I happened to watch Monday's briefing with the White House press corps and Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan. The focus was on the Iraqi vote that took place over the weekend.

At first, McClellan's responses to what, for the most part, were innocuous, typical questions appeared positive, even uplifting, rooted in the spirit of freedom and democracy.

This article is part three of an in-depth look at the complaint process of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission through the case of Ingleore Nabb vs. David Botsko. (See River Cities' Reader issues 503 and 505.

Former Lieutenant Phil Yerington has decided to fight the good fight in district court in hopes of overturning the Davenport Police Department's (DPD) decision to terminate his employment as a police officer after 32 years of public service.

This article is part two of an in-depth look at the Davenport Civil Rights Commission's (DCRC) complaint process through the case of Inglore Nabb versus David Botsko. (See "Prosecutor, Judge, & Jury," Issue 503, November 17-23, 2004.

Nearly two weeks ago Davenport city officials received the Isle of Capri/Rhythm City Casino (IOC) draft development agreement for a hotel facility on downtown Davenport's riverfront. The controversial project has now moved from the "concept" stage to a draft proposal stage.

When David Botsko received a letter from the Davenport Civil Rights Commission (DCRC) dated March 16, 2000, notifying him that a former employee was suing him for discrimination and harassment, he could not have predicted that, nearly five years and approximately $40,000 later, he would still be defending his claim of innocence against a system that appears to simultaneously endow the DCRC with the powers and authority of a prosecutor, judge, and jury.

Last week, the Channel 6 newscast managed perhaps one of the most irresponsible pieces of local journalism this editor has witnessed to date. The news item dealt with ex-police officer Phil Yerington and the "uncovering of his record" relative to his being fired several weeks prior.

Now that the election is over, citizens can re-focus on the more immediate local issues that require their attention. Most important is the looming yet-to-be-officially-proposed-but-secretly-discussed-with-elected-officials "concept" of an 11-story casino hotel on downtown Davenport's limited riverfront.

Our 500th issue! No question about it, it has been a labor of love from the beginning. A love of what? It might sound trite to say, but "truth" would be our faithful answer. To a person, the staff at the River Cities' Reader reflects an inherent goodness, a sense of fair play, and a commitment to the truth, individual as it may be, that binds us together in this endeavor to publish a paper that has substance and relevance.

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