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, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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