I would like to personally give my heartfelt thanks to Congressman Bobby Schilling and state Rep. Rich Morthland. They did an outstanding job during their brief time in office.
Some of our past congressmen have said they were concerned about supporting our veterans, but Congressman Schilling did more than talk about it.
Bobby and his staff made sure these patriots received the recognition they deserved. Bobby passed legislation to help bring more private business to the Arsenal. And his staff did an outstanding job of constituent service.
I am equally proud of the service Rep. Rich Morthland did in Springfield.
In a state that is only behind California and going the way of Greece in terms of debt, he tried to bring some fiscal sanity to Illinois. He was able to accomplish a lot even though he was in the minority party.
Despite the mud his opponent threw at him, his votes were based on what he thought was best for his district and not for personal gain. His record proves if he was only thinking of self-interest he wouldn't have run in the first place.
I hope that these two Christian men will run for office again. I'm discouraged when I hear that, according to historian David Barton, Christian involvement in the political process is down. If Christians like Bobby and Rich aren't involved, we very well may lose our way.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.