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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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

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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