Published May 22, 2001 in the Los Angeles Times Enslave your girls and women, harbor anti-U.S. terrorists, destroy every vestige of civilization in your homeland, and the Bush administration will embrace you.
After nearly 10 years of observing Davenport's city councils in action, one would think nothing would come as a shock. It's as if a line keeps being drawn in the sand that councilmen keep stepping over. Such is the case with 6th Ward Alderman Bob McGivern.


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We read with great interest your article on Ballet Quad Cities (See River Cities' Reader, Issue 338, August 29-September 4, 2001). This article along with the June 10, 2001 Quad City Times article on the ballet company has prompted this response in order to clarify some inaccurate historical references.
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Last Saturday, the Davenport Democratic Party PAC (formed when nonpartisan elections came into being in 1998) endorsed its candidates for Davenport's city council. The process, which should be equitable to all, was nothing more than a stacked deck of family and friends of incumbents who had the voting power to endorse their own.
I read with great interest Jeff Ignatius' article about the Quad City River Bandits and the furor that has erupted over them and the possibility of a new stadium. (See "Going ... Going ... ," River Cities' Reader, Issue 334, August 1-7, 2001.
I want to thank you for shining your brilliant light of reason, integrity, and vision on the issues surrounding real-estate developers serving their own best interests when elected to public office. I refer to your insightful words in the Issue 335 Words from the Editor, "Farewell to Bats": "Either Davenport voters need to stop electing wannabe politicians whose livelihoods depend on real estate altogether, or at least insist that they abstain from voting on economic development that involves their professional peers.
All of Us Deserve River Renaissance by Phil Yerington Congratulations to the people of Davenport, Scott County, and the entire Quad City area! The Vision Iowa Board has committed $20 million to the revitalization of downtown Davenport.
Q: I sure like Al Gore's new look. In all the latest photos, he's wearing a beard. What's the inside story? A: This bold move was suggested by the Democratic National Committee, which hopes voters won't recognize the former vice president, thus giving him a fresh start for 2004.