"Branding Christianity" by John Whitehead is confusing. (See River Cities' Reader Issue 699, August 27-September 2, 2008.)

In the first place, Rick Warren is not "America's pastor." There is no "America's pastor" any more than there is "America's rabbi" or "America's imam." If we could get that straight, perhaps our presidential candidates would not feel like they have to "pander" to us. Rick Warren is a nice guy, but he is not "the future of Christianity in America." We have thousands of spiritual leaders in our country. A few of them are brilliant and/or charismatic. Most of them are simply faithful and hard-working. We should listen to them, study our own sacred texts, and, yes, "speak truth to power."

I will start by taking for granted that most people feel that our economy is struggling and that higher prices are being felt. But why is our economy struggling?

I will start by taking for granted that most people feel that our economy is struggling and that higher prices are being felt.  But why is our economy struggling? 

One of the biggest reasons is inflation.  So, what exactly is inflation and why is it a problem?  Inflation has recently been redefined as a rise in prices; however, real inflation is an increase in the money supply (a.k.a. printing money and credit out of thin air), and this leads to overall higher prices.

For our dollar, the increase in the money supply has been alarming and devastating to everyday Americans.  The money supply inflation has been at about 15 percent, which is much higher than most Americans' yearly pay raise.  This is devastating to Americans because our earnings and savings are worth less and less; for example, it takes $3.60 to buy a gallon of gas instead of $2.

Thank you for considering my request to publish my positions as the Republican candidate for Scott County Attorney. My 30-plus years in practice and 10 years as an Assistant Scott County Attorney prosecuting felony drug cases will guide my actions as county attorney and provide the following to the citizens of Scott County.


When City Hall dispatched LeClaire Park into the hands of casino hotel developers, the discussion was held in the third floor conference room of the Kahl Building-the only public notice, tacked up on a City Hall kiosk that afternoon.

Patrick J. Buchanan, three times contender for U.S. president ('92, '96, and 2000) and syndicated columnist seen in the Quad-City Times, in his December 2007 book Day of Reckoning identifies the great illusion that is fatally eroding the USA's economic strength and world economic leadership: free trade.


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I understand that money talks. I understand voters need to be heard. (See "Best of the Quad Cities," River Cities' Reader Issue 671, February 13-19, 2008.)

I was angered by the utterly uninformed op-ed piece by a guest columnist Mark Hendrickson on an issue of great importance to our national security. (See "Should the Senate Ratify the U.N. Sea Treaty?" River Cities' Reader Issue 670, February 7-13, 2008.) For starters: the LOS Treaty gives no substantive responsibility to the U.N. - nor, for that matter, did the U.N. "adopt it" as Mr. Hendrickson's screed erroneously states; "U.N." appears in its title merely because the diplomatic conference that negotiated it was convened 35 years ago pursuant to a U.N. General Assembly Resolution.

I am writing to express my concerns about Iowa House File 852, the act relating to a "real-time electronic repository" to monitor and control over-the-counter products containing any detectable amount of pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, etc. This new act is very expensive ($230,000 to $288,000) to be payed out of the State General Fund, plus an ongoing cost of $30,000 to $86,000. Does the State of Iowa need to spend this much more money when the current laws have proven to be effective?

I'm a big fan of Rock Island/Milan School District #41. Now and in the past it has provided quality education for the community, my children included, and leads the Quad Cities in any number of educational areas.

But I cannot support the February 5 referendum to restructure the district's schools.