I would like to personally give my heartfelt thanks to Congressman Bobby Schilling and state Rep. Rich Morthland. They did an outstanding job during their brief time in office.
Some of our past congressmen have said they were concerned about supporting our veterans, but Congressman Schilling did more than talk about it.
Bobby and his staff made sure these patriots received the recognition they deserved. Bobby passed legislation to help bring more private business to the Arsenal. And his staff did an outstanding job of constituent service.
I am equally proud of the service Rep. Rich Morthland did in Springfield.
In a state that is only behind California and going the way of Greece in terms of debt, he tried to bring some fiscal sanity to Illinois. He was able to accomplish a lot even though he was in the minority party.
Despite the mud his opponent threw at him, his votes were based on what he thought was best for his district and not for personal gain. His record proves if he was only thinking of self-interest he wouldn't have run in the first place.
I hope that these two Christian men will run for office again. I'm discouraged when I hear that, according to historian David Barton, Christian involvement in the political process is down. If Christians like Bobby and Rich aren't involved, we very well may lose our way.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.