Letter: Why bring back Schilling when you've got Rep. Bustos?

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Bring back Bobby Schilling?

Sure, if you want your representative to staff the local offices with family members (the definition of "nepotism") instead of recruiting and hiring the best qualified professionals to serve you.

Sure, if you want to argue with one of those same family members each time you call the local offices of your representative to voice your opinions on issues and feel completely disenfranchised after every argument.

Sure, if you want your representative to support anti-abortion legislation in violation of the 14th Amendment, yet vote for anti-child policies, such as cuts in health care, food stamps, lunch programs, and education. Sure, if you want your representative to pose for lots of photo ops with veterans, yet vote repeatedly to cut veterans' services and benefits.

Sure, if you want your representative to vote in lockstep with The Party instead of what's best for the constituents of the 17th District. Sure, if you want your former "representative" to call our seat in Congress "his" seat and act like he is entitled to have it back.

Patricia McLaughlin,
Coal Valley


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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