On
Tuesday, December 5, the Quad Cities lost its only progressive
talk-radio station, WKBF 1270 AM. Considering results from the recent
elections, there should be a market for progressive-talk programming
in the Quad Cities. Is anyone else upset by this loss? Will another
radio station pick up the Air America network programs and other
progressive-talk shows?

Patti
Franklin

With
some regret, I have tendered my resignation to the River Music
Experience (RME). The past two years have been a very interesting
time for me. Certainly, I gained a fair share of life experience. The
great people that I have met and worked with, through our educational
programs, River Roots Live fest, and Redstone Room events, have time
and again demonstrated their appreciation for our mission. I thank
each of you for the opportunity to work and play together. My staff
was awesome. I laud their passion for our purpose and their tenacity
for hanging in there with me through thick and thin.

A
couple of notes now that the election is over:

Positive
campaigning works: See Elesha Gayman's win.

Negative
campaigning fails: See Mike Whalen's loss.

"The
Top 10 Stories the Media Missed in the Past Year" as published in
River Cities' Reader
Issue 602 (October 11-17, 2006) might be called "10 more reasons
why the ‘freedom of the press' will be abolished."

In
January 2005, the results of a survey of students were published in
which (only) 51 percent of the students believed that the press
should be allowed to publish without permission from the government.

This
survey should have awakened the press to the fact that they must
inform the people of what is going on in our courts so that they can
decide for themselves if our system of justice is fair.

Mr.
Jeff Ignatius, in his article "Mixed Colors, Mixed Messages" in
the September 23-October 3, 2006, Reader,
made the statement "in the sense that the barrier between church
and state is explicitly and clearly articulated in the Constitution."
I don't know what Constitution he is reading, but the one I am
familiar with says in the First Amendment that "Congress shall make
no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof." Not one word about separation of church and
state.

Why
are we not safe today?

(A)
The U.S. Army was reduced in the 1990s by 500,000 active soldiers.
Today we only have 417,186 active Army, 305,404 in the National
Guard, and 154,047 in the Army Reserves. (These figures are from the
September 15, 2006, Federal
Executive
magazine, page
38.)

(B)
In the 1990s, the leadership of the Department of the Army reduced
from 26 Army ammunition plants to only eight by 2006. (See History
of Ammunition
by George
Nickolas, dated 2006.)

(C)
The civilian production base for military ammunition and equipment
reduced in the 1990s because of lack of requirements as reported to a
congressional hearing in 2004. (See Federal
Executive
magazine pages 17
and 18 in the July 2004 issue.)

Mike
Schulz should take his own advice. For someone who rags on authors so
much, he sure missed the point of his article "The Playwright Did
It." (See River Cities'
Reader
Issue 599, September
20-26, 2006.) It's a play review, not a playwright review. While he
spent seven-eighths of his time harping on the writing, he spent
little time critiquing the production itself, save for a few passing
lines. Of course, I'm glad no one in the cast got raked across the
coals as much as the author was. Hopefully he keeps his eye on the
ball next time.

 

Megan
Ridl

Davenport

 

 

I
am writing this letter on behalf of the many retired teachers in
Illinois and those who plan to retire. We have an election in
November for governor, as well as some representatives and senators.
It is imperative that we know where these candidates stand in regard
to the recent under-funding and diversions of funds for the teacher
retirement pension systems.

I
am saddened and frustrated (again) by the reports of another young
person killed, here where we live - the Quad Cities. The latest
victim is a 19-year-old girl from Davenport who was shot while
sitting outside talking, minding her own business.

My
nephew Jack is in the Army in Iraq. He's been there a year, and his
unit was scheduled to come back to the States two weeks ago. In fact,
a few hundred made it back to Alaska, and a few hundred more to
Kuwait, before they were told that their tour in Iraq had been
extended four months, and they were going to Baghdad.

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