Letter: Don't give away voters' control, vote no Tuesday


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Originally Posted Online: April 03, 2013, 2:58 pm
Last Updated: April 04, 2013, 8:24 am
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I believe we need to do something with the Rock Island County courthouse, but I'm alarmed at how the county board is going about it.

As I read the referendum, the board is asking voters to not only approve expanding the Public Building Commission's responsibility to "fix" our courthouse, the referendum will allow the board to go to the commission any time in the future for bond money without asking the taxpayers again.

In my view it is undemocratic for our Democrat Party-controlled county board to ask voters to give away the future right of approval. I would rather let the courts decide and force the county to do the job. At least in that way the goal will be reached, paid off in 10 years, and with no open-ended powers granted to the commission. I recommend the voters say "no" to the referendum on the courthouse for that reason.

Dennis J. English,
Coal Valley

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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