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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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