Q. Can Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speak or read Chinese? — Bob, Davenport

A. No, but he is willing to learn, according to an article by Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich posted Jan. 7, 2017, on the Des Moines Register website. Here was Gov. Branstad's response to the question:

Will he learn to speak Mandarin? "I hope to learn. The most important thing, I think, is to learn the names of the key people and whatever and some key phrases. I don't expect that I'm going to be fluent in Mandarin. … But it's important and I want to do my best to show my respect and appreciation for the people of China."

Kathie Obradovich is a former reporter and editor for the Quad-City Times. To read the full interview with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad who has been nominated as U.S. ambassador to China visit http://dmreg.co/2q3qmWC

Q. Your article on speeders hit home. Several days a week, I pull up on to I-74, the first one up from downtown Bettendorf. Speed limit is 55 at that point. I get up to 59, my usual speed and cars are flying by me. No just passing, flying. Maybe 75 or 80 coming off the I-74 bridge. Please set up a camera right at Middle Road westbound and on the other side going into Illinois, eastbound. Bettendorf would make a small fortune on fines from both Iowa and Illinois drivers. Please slow them down. Radar or whatever it takes. I have almost been rear ended several times for going to slow. — Concerned reader

A. We contacted the Bettendorf and Moline police departments. Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington responded:

"Our officers do run speed traffic details for I-74. It is difficult to conduct speed enforcement as traffic comes off the I-74 bridge as there are limited locations were we can run radar safely. Usually vehicles speeding on the bridge will continue speeding on the interstate to the location where we would be monitoring for speed violations.

"Our department is looking forward to the new I-74 bridge as the flow of traffic will be much safer for the public."

The Moline Police Department had not responded at the time of publication. We will follow up with any response they provide.

Q.  Is the Abbey going to clean up the weeds down below and on the 14th Street side? Does Bettendorf care? — Pam, Bettendorf

A. We contacted The Abbey Addiction Treatment Center and the city of Bettendorf regarding your question. Lauran Haldeman, public information officer, for the city of Bettendorf responded:

"This came from Code Enforcement.

"The City enforces its weed ordinance from May 1st to Oct 1st of each year. The owner of the property will be notified via mail of the violation (weeds/grass in excess of ten inches) and given five business days to abate the problem. If the property is not cleaned up, the City will assign its contractor to bring the property up to code. The property owner will be billed for labor, plus an administrative fee. Subsequent violations will not require notification. Violations of this nature can be reported directly to Code Enforcement at 344-4064."

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