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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1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
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