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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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