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Silvis Fire Chief Leibovitz has retired after 22 years. 

Cheers to retired Silvis Fire Chief David Leibovitz who was honored this week for his 23 years service to the city.

Leibovitz, 62, led the department for 22 years after replacing his father, Bob, whose tenure also spanned two decades. As the only one in the department who “makes a living doing this,” Chief David Leibovitz has been been responsible for leading an always-evolving department of 24 part-time firefighters. His management philosophy is worth emulating: Remember they are there because they want to there, and should always be treated that way, he says.

We wish him joy as he attempts to reach his enviable retirement goal to visit every major league ballpark.

And we wish new Chief John E. Winters well as the first Silvis chief in four decades not to be named Leibovitz.

Jeers aren’t condemnation enough for whoever was responsible for sending armed officers to the door of the home of Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor and anti-gun activist David Hogg.

Cops armed with assault rifles and ready for a deadly showdown showed up at his family’s home following an anonymous tip. The incident ended quietly. No one was home, and the young target of the attack called it “just a silly prank.”

But as the Los Angeles Times’ Matthew Fleischer reminds us, “This was not a prank. A prank is ordering 10 pizzas to someone’s home who didn’t ask for them. Or asking if someone’s refrigerator is running.

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“If initial reporting about the incident proves accurate, this was attempted murder. (Or, to be more precise, manslaughter.)”

The dangers of swatting have gone viral at least since the highly publicized 2017 death of an innocent, unarmed 28-year-old father. This isn’t simply child’s play. The potentially disastrous consequences of swatting should not be so easily dismissed.

Cheers to representatives from the company picked to run Rock Island’s Sunset Park Marina. Things got plenty hot this week when John Matheson, F3 Marina president, and Alan Giudice, its vice president, met with a crowd of about 70 boaters, many of them with lifelong ties to the river and the facility.

The folks from F3, who obviously know that you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression, calmly listened to concerns about what’s wrong with the city-owned marina the company hopes to take over Aug. 1. The blistering clearly didn’t scare the company away. “This is nothing,” Matheson told reporter Jim Meenan. “These boaters just care about their marina. They want to see it improve. And they are frustrated. I didn’t feel anybody was rude or angry. I thought it was a good meeting.”

The boaters ARE passionate about the marina, and as Matheson said, “They just want to see it better.” They’re not alone. The future of this Q-C Mississippi River institution is important to Rock Island and to our community. We, too, are eager to see a new day at Sunset.

Cheers to the positive report by the John Howard Association after the advocacy group’s first official visit to the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center in April. Like JHA, we supported turning the old youth facility at Kewanee into a place to prepare adult inmates with a good chance for survival on the outside with the skills they need to succeed.

The JHA gave the program early high marks and is clearly encouraged about its future. Its biggest complaint? The need for the retraining center far exceeds the demand for the few spots at Kewanee. Good. That can only help bolster the efforts to expand this smart cutting edge approach once Illinois is able to objectively quantify how its trained and better-prepared ex-inmates do on the outside.


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