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


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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