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Editorial: Moline's top-notch choices


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Originally Posted Online: April 01, 2013, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: April 02, 2013, 3:03 pm
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
With voting just a week away, we're still puzzling over why there is only one contested city race on Moliners' ballots.

Even the retirement of Mayor Don Welvaert failed to draw a crowd. Whether that is because Moliners are satisfied with the way the city is run or today's political climate played a part, we cannot say. But though the bulk of the posts are uncontested April 9, every city voter will have the chance to choose between two top-notch candidates for at-large alderman. The race pits small business owner and incumbent Ald. Stephanie Acri against retired Moline fire chief Ron Miller.

Ald. Acri was appointed in 2011 to replace the late Gary Brown. The mechanical engineer and owner of Evans Premium Manufacturing Inc. has demonstrated a willingness to do her homework before making tough choices. Even Mr. Miller says that he initially was impressed by Ald. Acri's performance. Where they parted company was over the issue that led to Mr. Miller's decision to resign as fire chief: privatizing Moline's EMS. In the end, the city didn't privatize the ambulance service, but agreed to cut positions via attrition. The former chief remains critical of the outcome. We don't. Whatever one might think of how it was reached, we believe the city made the right decision.

Mr. Miller stresses that he is not a single issue candidate and continued to attend city council meetings long after his retirement. He'd like Moline to focus spending on "needs" rather than "wants." We agree in principle, but disagree with the notion that city leaders aren't already doing that. Indeed, we believe the best government leaders understand how to balance the two. Ald. Acri has demonstrated an ability to do that.

We're confident voters would be well served by either candidate. Both are caring, committed, experienced community leaders. But because of her strong performance as alderman and her welcome small business background, we recommend that Ald. Acri retain the seat to which she was appointed.

















 



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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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