Letter: Editorial unfair to Cassini, a respected R.I. leader


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Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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I found the editorial ("Moving R.I. Forward," Wednesday) a bit distressing, one-sided and disrespectful to one of our city's long-term business owner.

I think Rock Island is fortunate to have three men interested in becoming mayor; it speaks well of our city. It seems all the candidates are now discussing issues that were in Rick Cassini's original platform.

I question who is correct about the Jumer's crossing issue. Have we indeed received clearance for this development? Or is it wrought with difficulties pointed out by both David Levin and Mr. Cassini? What about raising funds for infrastructure and other improvements if these projects don't pan out?

I found the editorial disrespectful of Mr. Cassini's business. The company's name is Cassini Tile & Marble. To incorrectly identify the longstanding Rock Island business as "Cassini Floor and Tile" denotes bias towards the other candidates.

Additionally, I did see a clarification regarding the editorial's comments regarding Mr. Levin and the list of businesses that have left. I also believe there should be a correction to the business name Mr. Cassini owns/operates. When we treat our long-term business owners with such disrespect, it should come as no surprise that so many businesses have left the city.

I agree with Mr. Cassini -- we need to focus on the FUTURE of Rock Island, not dwell in the past.

This election is still anybody's game. I hope the outcome serves the citizens of Rock Island in a beneficial fashion. Living in Illinois, we have had enough of big government and little action.

I have always considered the Argus/Dispatch to be usually non-biased in reporting only the facts -- this recent editorial is definitely neither of those.

Molly DeMink,
Rock Island















 



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