The businesses of the 17th Congressional District will be better off no matter who wins the district election. If Rep. Bobby Schilling wins, their taxes will be lowered and they will keep more of their profits. Very little will trickle down to anyone else. If Cheri Bustos wins, the middle class taxes will be lowered and they will have more money to consume. That increased consumption will increase the sales and profits of the 17th District businesses. The required production increase needed to meet the increased demand will put more to work thus decreasing unemployment and the deficit from the larger tax base. If Cheri Bustos wins, everyone wins. We should not sell our soul to the company store. Richard W. Turek, Orion
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.