Letter: Reeder, O'Shea, etc., leave her colder than windchill


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Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 12:00 am
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Winter mornings have not been that appealing the past few months. Snow, shoveling, freezing temps. What is worse than this cold weather, however, are some of The Dispatch's editorial writers, syndicated columns, and letters to the editor.

Nothing like spoiling my morning coffee seeing Charles Krauthammer or John D. O'Shea on the editorial page. And Scott Reeder. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan was right to label Reeder a lobbyist for an Illinois conservative group rather than a member of the press.

These writers speak for the tightfisted, stingy folks who will not recognize that causes like government-created jobs and continuing long-term unemployment compensation are necessities. Constant harping about bringing down our debt ceiling entirely before spending money for much-needed programs denies what most recognized economists like Nobel Prize winning Paul Krugman believe.

This country is not in danger of going under. We are strong and a world leader respected much more now than in the recent past administrations. Our credit is good. We can continue funding early education and SNAP, to name a few excellent government services, without harming our economy.

Seeing falsehoods perpetrated by local people in letters to the editor condemning President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Act, famous do-gooder, community organizer Saul Alinsky and many progressive plans are much more difficult to take than a 10 degree below zero windchill factor. Where do these folks get their "information?"

I suggest a regular dose of the New York Times, NPR, and PBS would give them a more accurate and unbiased picture of what is going on than what they now have.

Rita Coyne,
Moline

















 



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  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.






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