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,


Local events heading

  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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