Letter: High poverty, taxes reasons R.I. needs new leadership


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 3:07 pm
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I think it is funny that Joe Murphy thinks Rock Island has fiscal sanity.

That his wife, Joy Viren Murphy, a Democrat, brags about voting for Wal-Mart and the mayor turning Rock Island into a minimum wage town and that 10.9 percent of families and 5,423 individuals in Rock Island are living in poverty.

The City Council has voted to raise the water and sewer rates , to have a garbage fee, to have a food tax, to raise the hotel tax, sales tax and gas tax.
Vote against the mayor and for new Rock Island leadership.

Glenn C. Kimbell,
Rock Island

















 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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