Letter: RICo insanity won't stop unless voters make it Nov. 4

Posted Online: Sept. 01, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Strange isn't it? Both Democrats and Republicans promise pretty much the same things.

Both promise to increase well paying jobs, more opportunity, less corruption, and more value for our tax dollars. The problem for voters is there are different methods for achieving those goals.

In Rock Island County we have had at least two decades of trying to achieve those goals through Democrat leadership. It's the same in our state government. How is that working for you?

We can brag about the QCA having the lowest unemployment of any Illinois metro area at 6.6 percent, but when you remove Scott County's 4.3 percent from that average, Rock Island County is left with 7.8 percent unemployment. Jobs continue to slip across the river.

Today we have more corruption, graft, and higher taxes at all levels of Illinois government than ever before. When will it stop? Who has kept promises?

How do you change the attitude in Springfield by sending the same politicians there?

How do you change our county by electing people with the same ties to special interests every election?

Some bright person once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet that's what the voters in Rock Island County have been doing for at least two decades. The insanity will stop when voters decide it will stop.

Keep voting the same politicians into office, and that's the definition of insanity. The time for change is election day, Nov. 4.

Dennis J. English,
Coal Valley


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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