I am concerned about the manner in which the recent dismissal of a 22-year Davenport city employee took place. It appears that the council has sacrificed Mike Meloy, City Attorney, at the expense of unknown political agendas.

Castaways

"Well, Wilson, another day here in paradise, eh? Nothing but sand, palm trees, and the occasional hurricane to liven things up. So, how long's it been now, do you remember? No, of course you don't. I keep forgetting you're a volleyball.

The next sheriff of Scott County, who will be chosen by voters on March 6, will face some important issues. The River Cities' Reader asked current Davenport Police Chief and former Sheriff Mike Bladel and Interim Sheriff Richard Huff what they thought were the most pressing issues facing the person who takes the job over the next four years.

In an unprecedented act, Alderman Sherwood, with the support of Aldermen Moritz and Brown, pulled a power play that reinstated City Attorney John Martin with sanctions after Martin had proffered his resignation.

"Hello again, Comrade Ivantyutubuzzoff."
"Shhhhh! Keep your voice down! And remember, call me Brad."
"What are you so jumpy about? Were you up late drinking that pepper vodka again?"
"Nyet.

Fake!

"I always said that moon landing was a phony."
"What moon landing? Two more, will ya, Mike? And a coupla Slim Jims."
"You know, that whole thing where they were supposed to land on the moon and then walk around and hit golf balls and stuff.

Can a politician be more obvious in his efforts to further his own political career than Alderman Roland Caldwell during last Wednesday's City Council Meeting? The platitudes were flowing like syrup on pancakes from most of the aldermen, but especially from Caldwell, who is seeking the Alderman-at-Large seat in next month's special election.

I was surprised to see your blanket praise of an ill-conceived and short-sighted attempt by the Iowa legislature to provide some energy assistance to Iowa residents. (See "Register Your Protest Against High Energy Costs," River Cities' Reader, Issue 309, February 7-13, 2001.

Court TV

"Oyez, oyez, oyez. All persons having business here, give your name to that guy in the khaki pants. The rest of you, rise and shine. This court is now in session, Judge Kenesaw Mountain John Landis presiding. First case: Stacey Stillman v.

Over the last few weeks there have been numerous comments, articles, phone calls, and interviews regarding the dress code and actions of O'Malley's in The District of Rock Island. (See "Fashion Police on the Beat in QC Clubs," River Cities' Reader, January 3, 2001; and "Dress Codes Discriminate," River Cities' Reader, January 17, 2001.

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