Letter: Here's why Bustos remains his choice for Congress

Posted Online: Sept. 01, 2014, 11:00 pm
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I have known Cheri Bustos for 20-plus years. She is always professional and friendly. I participated in an exercise she hosted @ WIU with a large group of disparate individuals who were assigned to small groups and attempted to "balance the budget."

It was an enlightening experience. None came within $300 billion. This proved that this or any Congress has to work together to accomplish anything which sadly is not the case with the current Congress. Cheri does just that, she works across the aisle to solve problems.

I am a USMC Vietnam veteran who attended a veterans forum in Rock Island which came at the behest of Bustos and was very informative.

Veterans issues were addressed and we were advised to further expound on our claims and issues. Two higher up VA officials were in attendance and answered a myriad of questions. Cheri was there to listen and ensure local VA facilities were providing adequate care.

Bobby Schilling has the wrong priorities, he once again will align himself with the tea party and given a majority in the House and possibly the Senate, President Obama could be impeached which is ridiculous considering that this Congress has accomplished nil, except for the recent attempt to "fix" the broken VA system.

If I wanted to receive a long lost medal which is in my service record, l would go to Schilling. If I want to get something substantial, like budget or real veteran issues resolved, or have a meaningful discussion on immigration reform, I choose Cheri Bustos.

John W. Smith,


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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