Letter: RICO doesn’t need more time, it needs leaders


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 3:05 pm
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In a viewpoint Tuesday, Rock Island County Board member Steve Meersman asked for the county to give this board time to address and solve their many issues.

It is apparent that this board, with its lack of leadership, is the cause, not the solution!

Perhaps if they had directed some of our tax dollars toward maintenance of these buildings, instead of their compensation, health benefits, pension benefits and on and on, the real estate may not be in the shape it's in.
Neglect is the prime cause of this situation. Now they want an engineering study before they proceed. In recent years there have been three studies done, by KJWW, Victory Enterprises and Estes Construction -- nothing was done.

Is there something fishy about the courthouse issue? You bet! It smells to high heaven.

A few years ago a trio tried to bypass the public and avoid a vote on a new courthouse; some of the names are the same.

Four years ago, I was told that the zoo was failing. Nothing was done except a secret, inept, changing of the guard.

Ever year Hope Creek says it has a balanced budget. Every year it ends up a losing proposition, and nothing changes.

At the Governmental Affairs Committee on May 10, 2010, Don Johnston, D-District 11, made a motion to appoint a subcommittee to investigate downsizing the board. Our current board chairman was the chair of this committee and every member is still on the board.

Mr. Johnston's motion died for lack of a second! More time? No! No! No!
More leadership is what is needed.

William "Bill" Long,
Rock Island

















 



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1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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