Letter: Don't give away voters' control, vote no Tuesday


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Originally Posted Online: April 03, 2013, 2:58 pm
Last Updated: April 04, 2013, 8:24 am
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I believe we need to do something with the Rock Island County courthouse, but I'm alarmed at how the county board is going about it.

As I read the referendum, the board is asking voters to not only approve expanding the Public Building Commission's responsibility to "fix" our courthouse, the referendum will allow the board to go to the commission any time in the future for bond money without asking the taxpayers again.

In my view it is undemocratic for our Democrat Party-controlled county board to ask voters to give away the future right of approval. I would rather let the courts decide and force the county to do the job. At least in that way the goal will be reached, paid off in 10 years, and with no open-ended powers granted to the commission. I recommend the voters say "no" to the referendum on the courthouse for that reason.

Dennis J. English,
Coal Valley

















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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