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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.