As a past Rock Island County Board member, I conducted annual inspections of the county courthouse, and in two years of public service, I agree that the courthouse needs attention.
However with no real plan, this referendum is irresponsible, unwise, and definitely not the answer. On Tuesday, Rock Island County voters will decide if they are willing to relinquish responsibility of issuing bonds to build all future county buildings. Voters beware! Voting "yes" gives the five-member building commission, along with the county board, complete power to approve any plan they choose forever. All costs will subsequently be paid for by the taxpayers.
At last week's town hall meeting, the county board chairman said if the voters do not like the plan, they should not reelect their board member. Sadly, by that time, the damage will have been done.
Two years ago, the board had the chance to reduce its size, but refused, stating members were in touch with the voters. Last November, 72 percent of the voters disagreed with the board and voted to reduce the board from 25 to 15.
Do you believe the county board is looking to represent the people of Rock Island County or personal interests? Who will benefit by handing over a blank check to the county board?It most certainly will not be the taxpayers who will have to pay the bills! My vote on Tuesday shall be "NO" to any blank check.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.