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 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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