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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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