One of the best things that the last Davenport City Council did was to begin televising both committee and council meetings on tape. Many people who would not normally be able to personally attend these meetings could now keep current on issues by watching them on TV.

In 1988, John Carpenter released a motion picture titled They Live. In his sci-fi political satire, the government was hypnotizing the American public through the media. The message was to sleep and accept what you are told as the truth.

Dick Cheney feels that in a war the press is "a problem to be managed." (See "Battles Rage," the River Cities' Reader, Issue 299, November 29, 2000.) If that attitude is difficult to understand, then perhaps your priorities should be re-examined.

I hope this publication will see fit to print a correction of a glaring error in the review of the Cycular motorycle exhibit. (See "Riding through American History on Two Wheels," the River Cities' Reader, Issue 289, September 20, 2000.

Our thin-skinned County Supervisors can tolerate no opinions but their own.
Their October 24 gang reply to my criticism of their wasteful spending
habits raises more questions than their misleading assertions answer.

In the October 4 issue of the River Cities' Reader (#291), you printed a letter from Karl J. Rhomberg, a Democratic Party candidate for the Scott County Board of Supervisors, that was critical of a decision we made concerning the lease of office space for Juvenile Court Services.

The Scott County Board of Supervisors sure loves to spend our money.
At their last meeting, supervisors held a "public hearing" on a 10-year lease for 6,000 feet of office space. They want to move the Juvenile Court Service that now rents public space in the county's Bicentennial Building into private space an equal distance from the courthouse.

Picture a $300,000 luxury home, with three-car garage, security fencing, deluxe intercom system, cable TV, whirlpool tubs, maybe a swimming pool in the backyard. Now picture a 7-foot-by-11-foot cell with a cot and toilet.

I have read with sad interest the unfolding saga of Moline Alderman Chuck Davis, the questions involving his legal residency, and the public revelation of his unfortunate financial situation.
News reports mention a pending charge of domestic battery.

Your August 2 cover story regarding predatory lending was excellent. I came to the conclusion many years ago that interest on loans above the amount necessary to provide the loan is theft. I think that would put it in a 2- to 4-percent range.

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