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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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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