Q. Is there a local chapter of Moms Demand Action? I'm eager to help fight for Common Sense Gun Reform. Or are any gun control events scheduled in the Q-C? -- Heather
A. Lynn Drazinski is the local group leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She said, "Thanks for tracking me down, Roy. Yes, I am the local group leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Anyone interested in joining our group can contact me at Lynndrazinski@gmail.com. We will have a meeting in March that will be announced soon.
Doug Schorpp, Quad-City Times correspondent, provided the following:
The local version of the March For Our Lives – DC. https://www.facebook.com/events/1647374652008348/
March For Our Lives - Quad Cities hosted by Stand With The Kids Quad Cities Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m., Vander Veer Park Historic District, 130 W Lombard St, Davenport, Iowa, 52803.
Quad-City Times reporter Linda Cook covered the Interfaith vigil on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Please see her full article at qctimes.com/askthetimes
She said that some of the organizations represented at the Interfaith vigil may be planning events around April 20, 2018, the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Events will probably be announced closer to that date.
Q. What happened to the lights on the Muscatine bridge (Norbert F. Beckey Bridge)? It used to be colorfully lighted and then it went through an extensive cleaning/painting, and now no lights. Are they ever coming back? -- Bill
A. Brian Stineman, Muscatine public works director, said, "The lights on the bridge were damaged during the cleaning and painting of the bridge last summer. The City of Muscatine, along with Muscatine Power and Water and MUSCO Lighting are dealing with the Iowa Department of Transportation and their contractor to get them repaired so they can be turned on again. We hope that this can be resolved soon but we may be forced to file a claim against the DOT and/or their contractor to make progress."
Follow up file:
We received the following from Kathleen, Davenport, on the Ask the Times line:
"This is in regards to the Thursday Feb. 22 American Water question by Karen. People need to take some perspective and remember that it was just last year that American Water split their three-month bill into a monthly bill. I think it was like in February and March of last year. Give them some time. They just made it easier for all their customers to pay their water bills. So, instead of being billed like a $150 once every three months we get a bill of like $50. We have AWRUSA also maybe a lower amount, but it's monthly. I wish the sewer company would do the same -- Davenport sewer would do the same. So, it's time for people to be grateful for what American Water has done by dividing up their bill into a monthly bill. It's made it easier. They haven't caught up with all their paper work, but my bill tells me when it's due when I go to the website. I think what people want is a reminder of their bill to come through on their email when it's due, but Mediacom doesn't do that either. You have to look at Mediacom's site to find out when your bill payment is due. So, tell them to give it some time. I mean geez -- I think it's a gift that their only charging us monthly instead of quarterly. My response to Karen would be ... Be thankful for what you got. They're saving you. They're charging you monthly instead of quarterly. It's time to give them a break.They'll get it all caught up."