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A.J. Block strikes out a team season-high 10 batters and the Quad Cities River Bandits earn a split in their six-game series with Peoria with a 5-2 victory Sunday.

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Bob Stickling’s letter of July 7 on the increase in gun violence addresses a national problem. President Joe Biden doesn’t target only Democratic cities, although the letter listed some. Surely there are more Democratic cities with increasing gun fire. There are mushrooming killings in 25 Republican states, unfortunately. Could it be an American problem, regardless of party?

I realize I am several months late on this, but jeers (imagine a thumbs down emoji here) to the City of Rock Island for allowing the YMCA to open a location in Rock Island. The Y is a great organization, but this new Y will be a mile or so from the Rock Island Fitness and Activity Center (RIFAC), which had been a staple in Rock Island serving so many for decades. Did anyone look at Rock Island's age demographics and consider the inevitable dilution of RIFAC along with the numbers of gyms that have closed and lost members to home gym purchases during the last year or so of the COVID era? I sincerely hope I am wrong, but I do not see sustained success in two fitness centers in a city without the density to support them.

Red, White & Boom! 2021 was the best ever. No surprise there. Each year the annual fireworks spectacular grows bigger and better than the year before. I want to thank the many generous sponsors, including the Downtown Davenport Partnership and District of Rock Island staff as well as the local organizing committee for all their efforts making this event the centerpiece of our Quad Cities summer. But there is one person I would like to single out for special recognition: Ken Croken attended the first meeting of the Red, White & Boom! organizing committee back in 2004 and he’s chaired the event now for the more than a decade. In fact, he is the last member of that original group that came to together for a special purpose: to ensure a truly memorable – and free – Independence Day celebration for all Quad Cities kids.

I propose the City of Davenport build an "Angel Garden" in a conspicuous location at Fejervary Park to memorialize our children killed by guns or violence.

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