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Letter: Interference

Letter: Interference

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No need to worry about Russia or China or Iran interfering with our democracy. President Trump has managed to do that all by himself.

Patricia Martel



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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst missed the point of the word "bipartisan" in her reaction to the State of the Union speech. Bipartisan implies a reaching out from both sides to find agreement.

This newspaper carried the report Thursday of Sen. Joni Ersnt's statement to the effect that President Biden was not fostering unity and his handling of the border is bad, and that the former guy had good policies there.

Our country and our community, has a white male fear problem. Not all, but too many, white males think this country belongs to them. It doesn’t. They think men are superior to women, but they aren’t. They think the problems in our communities are due to minorities. The problems in our communities are due to systemic racism and oppression of the poor (which includes, ironically, poor white males). They think (well, no, the problem really is that they don’t think. They merely judge from a position in our society of entitlement and privilege and have knee-jerk reactions in response).

In the April 29 issue, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst attacks the current president as though it is his job to unify the nation. That would be nice, but that's not his job. This attack reflects a gross failure on her part to draw a conclusion about President Biden's efforts after fewer than 100 days in office.

The juxtaposition on your April 22 front page was striking, i.e., Moline thinking "big" while the Rock Island County Board is "getting smaller". But it seems that the board is tardy in seriously addressing downsizing. For roughly 8 1/2 years, despite steadily-declining county population and uncertain future growth, planning by the board to address voter guidance on this issue appears minimal.

Have you thought about how we humanize animals in the way we treat our pets? Yet we can read about and see enormous suffering by humans on television and not be seriously affected, because our brain defends us. And it must: Very sensitive humans have gone mad because their minds couldn’t endure so much suffering.

I see where U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has announced that she will not seek re-election. I am guessing that Sen. Dick Durbin will be retiring in the near future as well, then his old buddy Gov. JB Pritzker can appoint Bustos as the junior senator from Illinois. That way Bustos can run for the Senate as an incumbent. I, like many of Bustos' constituents, am not surprised by her lack of transparency. Apparently, Durbin and Bustos got wind that Esther Joy King will be running on the Republican ticket for the 17th Congressional District.

I love the Quad Cities. That’s why I live here. But there is an opportunity right now that will absolutely put us on the map, and we cannot pass it up. I’m talking about the Veterans Memorial Pier proposal.

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