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: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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