Editorial: Say yes to state House debate


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Posted Online: July 13, 2010, 7:45 am
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The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate," Hubert H. Humphrey said.

Well, they certainly beat the heck out of soundbytes and political attacks that pass for political discourse these days. Voters rarely find themselves with the information they need to make wise choices at the polls. It's particularly tough in lower profile races, where negative ads substitute for direct contact with the candidate in candid moments. That's why debates so long have been popular. They can be valuable to both the voters and the candidates, even when they are simply statements of views with little interaction or discussion between the candidates.

They are one more tool to help voters measure a political hopeful's substance. For that reason, we have done our part to help foster this important discussions. We've offered our support to as many meetings as possible between Congressman Phil Hare, D-Rock Island and his GOP opponent, Bobby Schilling.

Now, Mark Lioen, the Republican challenging Rock Island Democrat state Rep. Pat Verschoore in the 72nd Illinois House District, has issued his own invitation in a letter July 6 and shared with us via e-mail. Though Mr. Lioen leaves details of the format open to discussion, he suggests a neutral third-party moderator and an agreed-upon neutral venue such as Augustana College.

"A proper debate intent on clearly defining our positions would benefit voters and help insure the right candidate is elected to office in November," he wrote.

It's hard to disagree. We urge Mr. Verschoore and Mr. Lioen and their campaigns to work together to make time for a discussion of the issues facing the 72nd District, as well as the state. Indeed, such information is critical as voters ponder which of the candidates is the best one to lead Illinois out of the financial mess in which it finds itself.


















 




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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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