Letter: To be an informed voter, attend today’s R.I. forum


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Posted Online: March 13, 2013, 2:47 pm
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Do you want to be an informed voter? While the small room was crowded, it was a small group which came to the candidate forum on March 7 compared to the Rock Island population. Where were you?

Information was provided that has not been out there before. For example, the current mayor has been touting bringing construction jobs and tax income from the Walmart project, the 18th Avenue Fareway store and the development across from Jumer's casino.

It was made clear at the forum that none of these deals have been finalized: The Walmart project can still be canceled by Walmart; the Fareway project is still unsettled and the issues of traffic and neighborhood acceptance have not been resolved; as per the area across from Jumer's.

Many levels of government and the public have not agreed to development of the area. These include the Army Corps of Engineers, Village of Milan, conservation club and others that could delay the development for five years or more or even deny it.

The current mayor, in promoting his success in these projects, is a bit premature since one, two, or even all three, could possibly not come to fruition.

The person who can provide accurate and open information in Rock Island development without speculation is David Levin, candidate for mayor.
These and other issues were discussed at the forum that helped to educate the audience present. Where were you? You will get another chance at 6 p.m. today at the Milan Library in Rock Island. Will you be there?

Charles Wilt,
Rock Island

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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