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 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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