Letter: Better to be safe than fast, vote no on RICO question


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Posted Online: April 06, 2013, 11:00 pm
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For more than 20 years the county board has known of the deterioration of the courthouse and the limitation of the building commission. The threat of legal action was needed to get the board to take action.

Suddenly this is a crisis that must be acted on in an emergent manner. Between the election in November and Jan. 17th, the board decided the status of the courthouse and county office building must be addressed, all of the alternatives were studied, and voted that the only solution was to expand authority of the building commission to finance whatever the board wants to do. The voters are thus denied voting on the final financial package.

The board also knew that voting on the expansion of the building commission could not be placed on the ballot until March of 2014. In a year, renovation or replacement could be examined and a plan proposed.
Better to be right than fast even though interest rates might be slightly higher. The county board has been commended for being frugal to a fault in not addressing this before. Others think dishonest, deceitful and incompetent might better explain their action.

Reasonable judges would not sue the county if they knew a process is in place to develop the best plan for all. If you trust the county board to do what is in the best interest financially for the citizens of the county, vote yes on the proposal. If you do not trust the board, vote NO.

Richard L Phillis, MD,
Milan

















 



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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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