Letter: Questions to ask before you vote in November

Posted Online: April 24, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Moral: conforming to a standard of right behavior. Basically don't lie, cheat, steal, sleep with your neighbor's wife, and if you are given a responsibility, do it the best way you know how.

If you think the Democrats who have been elected in the past few years have done their job in a moral manner answer the following questions.

-- Why is the national debt going up every year by over a trillion dollars?

-- Why is unemployment over 8 percent? If your answer is Bush, ask yourself why under President Obama the nation keeps going backwards. He has had over five years and has just made things worse.

-- Why can't the state pay its bills?

-- Why do they want to make the largest tax increase in the states history permanent, when they told us it would be temporary and solve all of the states money problems?

-- Why is Rock Island County having to replace two buildings when they had the responsibility to maintain them?

-- Why is the county asking for a tax for Hope Creek Care Center so soon after they moved from Oak Glen Home?

Why doesn't the county fix the board compensation so it is in line with the private sector? I never got paid for driving to a part-time job.

It is time for the people of this state and county to give the Republicans a chance. It is a cinch the Democrats don't know what they are doing. I am not a Republican or a Democrat, I am a conservative who is sick of what's happening to this country.

Jim Brooks,
East Moline


Local events heading

  Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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