Letter: Some thoughts on the 2012 Election in the QCA


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 2:56 pm
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-- 17th Congressional District
Bobby Schilling's loss means no representation in the majority on the House Armed Services and Agriculture committees. Mr. Schilling had secured from the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee a pledge to maintain spending levels (i.e., jobs) at the Arsenal in spite of large military spending cuts elsewhere. Will a new Democratic congressman be able to sustain that pledge?

Cheri Bustos' election will likely mean much direction will come from Chicago, where she raised substantial campaign funds, and from Sen. Dick Durbin, her mentor. How effectively will non-union constituents be represented by a freshman representative in the minority?

Gerrymandering benefited the Democratic Party, but did it benefit the QCA?

-- 36th State Senate District

Mike Jacobs won reelection, despite his embarrassing behavior, primarily because he delivered a lot of money from Springfield. The Argus-Dispatch endorsed his reelection on the bet he would continue to deliver millions. Is betting on the come with the bankrupt State of Illinois a wise bet?

The district passed on the opportunity to begin reform with Bill Albracht, a man of proven courage and integrity -- a missed opportunity the QCA will regret.

-- 72nd State Representative District

Pat Verschoore won reelection and was endorsed by the Argus/Dispatch because he ran a "clean campaign." Clearly, the campaign did not send the newspaper the same mailings I received. One trashed his opponent for receiving 12 pay raises in five years -- failing to disclose these raises were city-approved for a fireman/paramedic. Another stated his opponent was backed by Washington politicians "who want to eliminate vital programs like Social Security and Medicare" -- a blatantly false accusation intended to scare vulnerable senior citizens. Hard to get lower than trashing a fireman/paramedic and intimidating seniors.

David T. Roberts,
East Moline



















 



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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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