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Thumbs Up ... to the ambitions of John Deere Classic officials, who kicked off the Birdies for Charity campaign this week. Claire Peterson, the tournament director, said $13.4 million was raised last year \u2013 and this year they will attempt to do better.

\"All of our board members are so motivated to always try to exceed the previous year's number, and you are at the heart of our success,\" Peterson said. \"We couldn't be more excited.\"

The 49th John Deere Classic is coming up this summer, and officials say $107 million has been raised for charities since this effort began all those years ago.

Last year, 534 charities participated in the program, raising pledges from their donors through Birdies, the Times' Sarah Ritter reported this week. Individual charity pledges are based\u00a0on the number of birdies recorded in the tournament, as well as lump sum donations to specific charities.

We applaud those who organize and contribute to this effort. The golf tournament shines a bright and complimentary light on our community\u00a0\u2013 and the millions of dollars that are raised for charity leave a lasting impact once the tournament ends.

Thumbs Down \u2026 to those who took their partying too far during the 2019 \"house crawl\u201d among St. Ambrose University students last weekend. The crawl has become somewhat of a tradition, but it\u2019s also become a source of tension between the crawlers and many of the people who live in this area.

As the Times reported earlier this week, five people were treated for \"alcohol-related concerns\" and two people were arrested.

The university does not sanction the event, but it does hire off-duty police officers to monitor the situation.

We have heard reports of rowdy, profane students at Vander Veer Park and we have seen a video of hundreds, if not thousands, of people massing on what appears to be private property.

Videos of previous house crawls demonstrated the zeal with which many of the young celebrants were drinking.

There are few among us who skipped the partying aspect of college life. But we understand the concerns that neighbors have about the house crawl.

People are walking around with open containers of alcohol, clearly an illegal act. And who would be comfortable knowing that, every year, there would be a party drawing hundreds and hundreds of party-goers each year to their neighborhood?

We don\u2019t know what the answer to this situation is, but we do believe city and civic leaders need to pay attention. This year, it was a few trips to the hospital and a couple of arrests. However, with that many people and that much alcohol, given the proper trigger, we worry it could end up being much worse.

Thumbs Up ... to the federal government for launching an investigation into whether Medicaid managed care companies are unfairly denying services.

The investigation, to be conducted by the inspector general's office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was requested by Sen. Bob Casey. The Pennsylvania Democrat cited new reports of service denials that were published by the Dallas Morning News in Texas and the Des Moines Register in Iowa.

The inspector general said it expects to issue a report in fiscal year 2020.

We all have heard about the problems surrounding the shift of the Medicaid program in Iowa to managed care in 2016. The rollout was rocky and confusing, we've seen private insurers lose millions and some have dropped out, causing headaches for recipients. Health care providers have struggled to get paid for their services\u00a0\u2013 and, worse, there are reports of people being denied vital services.

The federal government, which is a partner in the Medicaid program with the states, has an important responsibility to ensure that the private insurers hired to manage the health care of millions of Americans, many of them our most vulnerable, is functioning properly. This kind of investigation by an agency insulated from politics will go a long way toward providing answers to questions that many of us have had from the outset about Iowa's effort.

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Why are we still reading about the Davenport Civil Rights Commission members when their terms have been expired for six months? Certain members say the mayor was outside his authority to appoint new members. Why not get the legal ruling and move on. Maybe they just need to go out behind the gym and settle it.

J.B. Smith

Davenport

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You're pictorial on the truck-eating bridge was spot on.

That bridge will never be lowered. And the Canadian Pacific Railway isn't undercutting the track.

Davenport, it's time to open the pocketbook. You have three public streets that need attention.

Kent A. Helble

Walcott

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Modern medicine prevents many premature deaths and dramatically extends human lives. This is wonderful, provided you remain healthy in body and mind. But it\u2019s a dreary prospect for those in poor health. The drawbacks of prolonged morbidity are numerous and far-reaching:

1. Loss of dignity and autonomy as one descends into a state of infantile dependency.

2. Endless, pointless suffering.

3. Imposing a crushing financial burden on family members.

4. Ruining the careers, shortening the lives and damaging the mental and physical health of overburdened family caregivers.

5. Adding to an already unsustainable national debt.

6. Tying up health care resources better spent on the young.

7. Producing copious amounts of medical waste.

Self-directed suicide, while always an option, often leaves behind an unsightly, foul-smelling mess. Shocked and traumatized family members may avoid returning to the death scene (house, property, car), which has likely been transformed into an unsaleable asset. Worst of all, suicide attempts can fail, leaving the desperate individual maimed, paralyzed or brain damaged.

People should instead have the right to escape a burdensome existence peacefully and painlessly while surrounded by friends and family. A home visit from a trained euthanasia provider would be an ideal solution. Candidates would naturally need to be screened to see if the cause of their distress is temporary or potentially treatable. Counseling \u2013 including discussions of alternatives like hospice and palliative care \u2013 would be part of the process.

Mike Diamond

\u00a0Rock Island

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In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that's underway, the usual roles are reversed: China's normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly overreached in seeking advantage. And President Trump, who often seems tone-deaf on foreign policy, is riding a bipartisan consensus that it's time to push back against Beijing.

The two nations will probably make a trade deal soon, patching together a working relationship that has been frayed by a year of tariffs and economic brinksmanship. Experts predict an agreement that will boost U.S. exports to China, improve market access for American firms and reduce the power of Chinese state-owned enterprises -- and offer some modest new legal protections for American companies whose commercial secrets have been plundered by Beijing for a half-century.

But as Xi jockeyed for position against America, many U.S. experts argue that he misplayed his hand. After decades of what was known as a \"hide and bide\" strategy of cautious cooperation, the Chinese leader moved to directly challenge American primacy in technology. This eventually triggered a sharp, bipartisan American response, which Trump has harvested.

\"In an incredibly divided Washington, one of the only areas of agreement is that China policy needs to be less accommodating and more resolute toward Beijing,\" says Kurt Campbell, who oversaw Asia policy in the Obama administration. He credits Trump for recognizing Xi's weakness: \"China is not yet ready to take on the U.S., and Trump recognizes this.\"

The Chinese-American confrontation is partly a spy story, but very different than the cloak-and-dagger escapades of the Cold War: China operates its espionage net partly through universities, research institutes and benign-sounding recruitment plans. Until recently, American companies often didn't realize that their pockets had been picked until it was too late.

China's over-aggressive strategy dates back to the 2008 financial crisis, which Beijing saw as \"a strategic window of opportunity for China to become a global superpower,\" according to Greg Levesque, managing director of Pointe Bello consultants. Using internal Chinese documents, he recently explained to a congressional commission how China targeted \"key core technologies\" in the West.

An innovative early feature was the \"Thousand Talents Plan,\" established by Beijing in 2008. The program sought to recruit \"global experts,\" in particular those with Chinese ancestry, to join what the plan's website called \"National Key Scientific and Technological Projects.\" By 2014, says the website, more than 4,180 overseas experts had been recruited.

The strategy was formalized in a 2017 speech by Xi. \"Made in China 2025\" is a roadmap for dominating key technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and biopharmaceuticals. Xi mobilized China's nominally private companies through an approach known as \"Military-Civil Fusion.\"

The system for recruiting overseas talent was explained by an article posted April 16, 2018, by a Communist Party organization at Wuhan University People's Hospital, describing how cadres there created an \"Overseas Talent Recruitment Station\" at a gathering in Dallas of Chinese-American medical researchers.

A Wuhan party official told the Dallas group that he \"hoped that more overseas talent would return to the motherland and develop\" high-tech projects. (The article was shared with me by a U.S. security-consulting firm.)

Bill Priestap, the FBI's former head of counterintelligence, described the \"Thousand Talents Program\" in congressional testimony last December as an example of \"non-traditional espionage.\" He said the goal was \"luring both Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts alike to bring their knowledge and experience to China, even if that means stealing proprietary information.\"

The problem for the Chinese is that this so-called \"brain gain\" effort was so aggressive that it backfired. The New York Times reported this week that the FBI has recommended denying visas to some Chinese academics suspected of having ties to Chinese intelligence. The Energy Department recently banned anyone involved in China's talent-recruiting programs from working in DOE laboratories.

There's blowback in the trade negotiations, too. Lorand Laskai of the Council on Foreign Relations noted last year that the Trump administration mentioned \"Made in China 2025\" more than 100 times in its Section 301 trade complaint against Beijing. A newly wary China has stopped referring to the Thousand Talents Plan or mentioning award recipients, according to recent reports by Bloomberg News and Nature, respectively.

The Trump administration still doesn't have a consistent, comprehensive strategy for dealing with China. Among other things, it lacks a coherent regional economic framework, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that Trump scuttled. But now is the right time to confront China's bad behavior, before Beijing gets any stronger, and Trump has the political wind at his back.

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The medical services provided by the Quad Cities Veterans Administration clinic, recently moved to Davenport from Bettendorf, and the VA hospital in Iowa City, have been excellent.

Both VA facilities provided professional medical diagnoses, consultation and friendliness, which have been much appreciated.

I especially offer a salute to the friendliness of both places. I asked a technician when I was in Iowa City recently if all hospital personnel attended classes on patient treatment and care. She said there were no classes on patient courtesy. But it seemed that everyone I met with had a friendly attitude toward all of their many patients. This also includes the building maintenance workers with whom I had questions about directions to such places as ENT, X-ray or eye care.

My sincere thank you to all VA personnel I have dealt with in my years of using their medical services, locally and in Iowa City.

George Seaberg

Riverdale

"}, {"id":"6a78637a-49a2-539c-a77b-c4779a028ec3","type":"article","starttime":"1555655400","starttime_iso8601":"2019-04-19T01:30:00-05:00","sections":[{"letters":"opinion/letters"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Letter: Save the courthouse","url":"http://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/article_6a78637a-49a2-539c-a77b-c4779a028ec3.html","permalink":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-save-the-courthouse/article_6a78637a-49a2-539c-a77b-c4779a028ec3.html","canonical":"https://qctimes.com/opinion/letters/letter-save-the-courthouse/article_6a78637a-49a2-539c-a77b-c4779a028ec3.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":0,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"prologue":"Proverbs 22:28 tells us not to remove the ancient landmark that our ancestors set up. I hope and pray the Rock Island County Historical Society and historic preservationists succeed in preventing the demolition of our beautiful courthouse. It's a shame to destroy beautiful buildings like these because they can't be replaced.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":5,"commentID":"6a78637a-49a2-539c-a77b-c4779a028ec3","body":"

Proverbs 22:28 tells us not to remove the ancient landmark that our ancestors set up. I hope and pray the Rock Island County Historical Society and historic preservationists succeed in preventing the demolition of our beautiful courthouse.

It's a shame to destroy beautiful buildings like these because they can't be replaced.

At one time the building had six domes. The main dome towered 154 feet over the 60-room building.\u00a0 The courthouse was designed in 1895 by the architectural firm Gunn & Curtis of Kansas City in a style called, on different occasions, Spanish Renaissance or Roman. Built by Rock Island contractor and stone cutter Charles J. Larkin, it was dedicated in 1897. The estimated cost was $112,201, not including the heating system and furnishings.

The cost today would be about $3 million, assuming the required craftsmen could even be found.

The marvelous interior was every bit as beautiful as the exterior and fortunately much of that beauty remains.

Yes, I know the interior of the building needs remodeling but it does not have structural problems. I believe this building could provide space for rent or lease for lawyers, doctors, chiropractors, dentists and the big courtrooms for teaching, etc.\u00a0

As William Morris said in 1889: \"These old buildings do not belong to us only ... they have belonged to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not our property to do as we like with. We are only trustees for those that come after us.\"

Oscar Perez

Moline

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As a conservation biologist who has had most of my conservation training abroad, I have been both very proud and very disappointed in my home, the Midwest.

The various initiatives under the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, have done so much good in the way of sustainable land management and native habitat conservation throughout the Midwestern states. However, even with these incentives, landowners are still often torn between conservation and profitable unsustainability (such as food-based biofuels). If we were to give landowners economically viable options to adopt clean energy solutions instead\u00a0\u2013 green energy farms (such as wind or solar), used together with CRP \u2013 we could completely \"re-green\" the Midwest. This would cause a chain-reaction of benefits, including better soil and water quality, erosion control, boosting natural pollination and more.

It's an incredible investment, sure, but the ecosystem services benefits would outweigh the costs and secure the Midwest's future as the sustainable \"Heart of America.\"

A. L. Hood

Sherrard, Ill.

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