Editorial: RI Coroner -- Experience the edge


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Originally Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2012, 9:30 am
Last Updated: Oct. 31, 2012, 10:46 am
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When Sharon Anderson retired after two decades as Rock Island County coroner, we believed her chief deputy was the best choice among three qualified Democrats to replace her.
Democratic voters thought so, too, and tabbed Brian Gustafson for the job. Four years later, we stand by the choice. Mr. Gustafson, like Ms. Anderson a former nurse, has run the office effectively, efficiently and ethically.
As promised, and like his predecessor, Coroner Gustafson has placed a high priority on serving the needs of victims and their families. We share his concern with treating victims with respect and compassion at the most terrible times in their lives. But if we have a criticism of him it is that in the pursuit of protecting families, we worry that he sometimes guards too closely and too long victim identities and details of public importance.
But on the most important issue, the performance of the coroner's office, we have heard no complaints. That's no doubt a major reason why he had no challengers in the Democratic primary.
Unlike in 2008, however, this time Mr. Gustafson faces a GOP opponent, one who boasts medical experience, a strong military record and the energy of youth.
Marc A. Ramirez holds a degree in health information management and graduated from the School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell, Ky. He is employed in the finance department of Genesis West Medical Center. He served twice in Iraq and said he is running "to serve the people of Rock Island County with the same respect, compassion and dignity that I provided to my brothers and sisters in arms." We commend him for running, and for his willingness to enter the political fray. We hope he stays involved in politics.
But because of his experience and his performance in his first term, Mr. Gustafson is recommended.
When Sharon Anderson retired after two decades as Rock Island County coroner, we believed her chief deputy was the best choice among three qualified Democrats to replace her.
Democratic voters thought so, too, and tabbed Brian Gustafson for the job. Four years later, we stand by the choice. Mr. Gustafson, like Ms. Anderson a former nurse, has run the office effectively, efficiently and ethically.
As promised, and like his predecessor, Coroner Gustafson has placed a high priority on serving the needs of victims and their families. We share his concern with treating victims with respect and compassion at the most terrible times in their lives. But if we have a criticism of him it is that in the pursuit of protecting families, we worry that he sometimes guards too closely and too long victim identities and details of public importance.
But on the most important issue, the performance of the coroner's office, we have heard no complaints. That's no doubt a major reason why he had no challengers in the Democratic primary.
Unlike in 2008, however, this time Mr. Gustafson faces a GOP opponent, one who boasts medical experience, a strong military record and the energy of youth.
Marc A. Ramirez holds a degree in health information management and graduated from the School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell, Ky. He is employed in the finance department of Genesis West Medical Center. He served twice in Iraq and said he is running "to serve the people of Rock Island County with the same respect, compassion and dignity that I provided to my brothers and sisters in arms." We commend him for running, and for his willingness to enter the political fray. We hope he stays involved in politics.
But because of his experience and his performance in his first term, Mr. Gustafson is recommended.



















 




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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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