I
attended the John McCain rally at the Bettendorf home of Carrie and
Pete Peterman on Sunday, August 5. I parked my car at a school down
the road and rode a shuttle to their home and arrived about five
minutes before the 5 p.m. event was to start.

Art Is My Life

Upon
flipping through a recent Reader,
I couldn't help but notice that I had offended and confused
Kathleen Lawless Cox with something I had written about The
Floating World
exhibit at
the Figge. (See "Figge's Print Exhibit Resonates," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 642,
July 18-24, 2007.) For that reason I feel the need to clear up a few
things.

Corn
producers of this state and others in the Corn Belt have had cheap
corn for far too many years. Everyone has made money from cheap corn
except the farmers that raised it. Government subsidies and Loan
Deficiency Payments kept the producers in business.

I
was so intrigued by Bruce Carter's terrific review of The
Floating World
at the Figge
(see "Startling, Fleeting Moments," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 637,
June 13-19, 2007) and curious about Sara Jones' letter published in
the July 3 issue that I need to respond. I find it hard to understand
the opinion of anyone who would end their letter with the line "It's
not worth a special trip to the museum" in reference to Carter's
review and their personal feeling about their visit to the Figge.

Steve
Banks' review of the Figge's Comics,
Heroes, & American Visual Culture

("A Comic Evolution," River Cities' Reader
Issue 640, July 3-10, 2007) draws attention to the maligned art of
cartoon illustration, as does the exhibition itself, but they are
both not without their considerable flaws.

I
saw the Friday night performance of The
Fantasticks
at Countryside
as well, and I disagree with Mr. Schulz's opinion. (See "Truth in
Advertising
," River Cities'
Reader
Issue 639, June
27-July 3, 2007.) I thought the show moved dreadfully slowly with
many awkward pauses; the friend I attended the show with actually
fell asleep a couple of times.

Davenport's
Eric Schallert should be aware of what's happening all over the
country, particularly in exciting cities such as Chicago, Madison,
and Seattle, where officials are taking a fresh look at the
transportation grid. (See "Bikes and Cars Shouldn't Mix," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 636,
June 6-12, 2007.)

I
just wanted you to be aware that although Greg Albansoder is a
project manager for the City of Davenport, he is only a landscape
architect, not an engineer. (See "Bike Lanes Help Move Toward
'Complete Streets
," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 632,
May 9-15, 2007.)

We're
coming up on graduation season, and high-school seniors and their
parents will be addressing the tough question about how to pay for
higher education.

Although
there is no simple solution to resolving this problem, options are
available to ease the burden. One is Dollars for Scholars, a national
network of community-based scholarship foundations that mobilize
communities.

I
was appalled to read your article lauding The Seven Project. (See
"The Seven Project Means Hope for Teens," River
Cities' Reader
Issue 627,
April 4-10, 2007.)

This
is a church-sponsored program, an evangelical effort of the
Assemblies of God church. However, your article (and the resource you
quoted) made no mention of that fact.

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