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 Monday, May 20, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A petition is being circulated asking the city council to order awell bored in Market Square. It would be a great accommodation to the public. 1888 -- 125 years ago: At 1 p.m. on May 18 the Mississippi River flooded its banks atRock Island and destroyed the warehouse of the Rock Island Lumber Co. and damagedRock Island Arsenal power plant. Total loss is estimated at $100,000. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Residents of Sough Rock Island Township are circulating apetition favoring the annexation of that area to the City of Rock Island. 1938 -- 75 years ago: A group of state members of the National Grandmothers Clubmeeting in Rock Island are making plans to petition for the observance of a NationalGrandmothers Day. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Deere and Co. reported today that its U.S. and Canadian sales forthe first half of the 1963 fiscal year set an all time record of $323,716.628. 1988 -- 25 years ago: William G. Lawrence, first administrative director, has retired fromPECO Enterprises, Inc. Prior to his service at PECO, Mr. Lawrence was the civilianpersonnel officer at the Rock Island Arsenal.