I am opposed to John Lewis Community Services' (JLCS) and Executive Director Kate Ridge's plan to build Cobblestone Terrace at 12th and Myrtle streets in Davenport. The project is for 14 single-family rental properties under the ROSE program through the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) tax-credit program.
To me, the month of December brightens the end of the year like a cheerful hearth fire brightens the dead of winter. I love the rituals, foods, smells, and sense of connection that surround the holidays. And, like most kids, I love the gifts.
In the words of John F. Kennedy: "A nation cannot be free until all of its citizens are free." Let the homophobic, bigoted, religious right keep their preaching to themselves. Keep your terminology "marriage" (50 percent of which end in divorce); just give us our rights that are guaranteed to free people.
Do you believe that that in some way the USA deserved 9/11? I most certainly do not. I believe in our president and I do not think that there is any great cover-up conspiracy. Perhaps there are information, names, events, and other things that should not be made public or released to a very suspicious and politically driven Senate committee at this time.
In mid-October the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act (S. 139) comes before the Senate. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is expected to be a key vote in this historic bill that aims to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause global warming.
There was a letter in the Quad-City Times last week, and it appears that the author was laboring under some mistaken assumptions. For example, he clearly did not know that the City of Davenport's tax rate is today only 1 percent more than it was in 1992.
I was polled by phone on September 23 about my views, primarily regarding Howard Dean, phrased negatively, with blatant misrepresentations. Governor Dean was singled out for his position on NAFTA, which is to renew it with modifications to correct human-rights and environmental abuses, a position shared by the majority of the Democratic presidential candidates, but that was omitted.
Ebenezer Scrooge must be alive and well ... and running the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). For only a bitter, cold-hearted, money-grubbing old man like Scrooge could think that financially hurting a working single mother with a 12-year-old daughter is a good idea.
I have to respectfully disagree with editor Kathleen McCarthy's recent assessment that the Democratic candidates provide "little analysis of why things are wrong, or much discussion about how he or she would make corrections.
With the Iowa Caucuses being less than six months away, the excitement is most certainly building. Once again, Iowa has the honor of maintaining its first-in-the-nation status. We are the first state that has the chance to show support for a presidential candidate.