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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