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.
I wholeheartedly agree with Ellis Kell regarding the positive aspects of the River Music Experience (RME). (See "In Support of RME," River Cities' Reader Issue 572, March 15-21, 2006.) Last year you kindly published my letter asking the RME not to let the music die.

In Support of RME

As a Quad Cities area musician, and one who is very proud to have been a part of the River Music Experience (RME) since its inception, I have to wonder how many of the folks who are saying RME is a "failure" have actually ever been here to see and/or hear some of the things I've been fortunate enough to witness.
I see by your February 15 issue that the Harold Stassen of Scott County politics, "Ole Hubcap" Rhomberg, has injected himself, à la that anachronism Jesse Jackson, into a tempest-in-a-teapot flap. (See "Cronyism Still Thrives in Scott County Government," River Cities' Reader Issue 568, February 15-21, 2006.
I am writing to you today in response to Jesse Virgil's coverage of the Working Families Win town-hall meeting at St. Ambrose on January 17. (See River Cities' Reader Issue 565, January 25-31, 2006.) I was present at the town-hall meeting, the purpose of which was to raise awareness and to engage citizens on various levels to push for a new economic direction for the state of Iowa.
As another concerned citizen of the Quad Cities and president of the Davenport Branch of the NAACP, I stand with and must reflect the national position in opposition to the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.
I am writing to express my opposition to the confirmation of Judge Alito to the United States Supreme Court. This is not because he is a conservative (as Justice O'Connor in fact was) but because he is not in the mainstream of American jurisprudence.
Our government was set up with the idea that people could govern themselves by each person having one vote. By voting we elect our representatives, be it the president, members of Congress, the mayor, an alderman, or a county supervisor.
Want to do yourself and your family a favor this holiday season? Steer clear of car-title loans and related high-interest loan schemes. Need a good New Year's Resolution? Resolve to contact your state legislators and urge them to approve reforms to protect all Iowans from these high-interest loansharking schemes.
Now that the enrollment period for the new private Part D drug plans is upon us, Medicare recipients have clear evidence that "D" stands for "disaster." Reliance on private drug plans and other measures contained in the 2003 Medicare amendments is a disaster for Medicare recipients.

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