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    Common sense says when you see smoke, there is fire. Last week, Mike Franken’s former campaign manager accused Franken of grabbing and kissing her without her consent. This incident should raise alarm bells for every Iowan in considering who should represent us in the U.S. Senate.

      Well, I saw another "Helpless Halpin" ad on TV, and, to tell the truth, I had to laugh. Except it really wasn't funny. Let's look at Mike Halpin as a state representative.

        What is the biggest problem we have in Illinois? Obviously, the problem is the public pensions. They are not sustainable. Payments to pensioners increase by 3% compounded annually, doubling every 20 years. As a result, Illinois dedicates more of its budget to pensions than any other state, y…

          On Aug. 11, 12 and 13, the Knights of Columbus of Holy Family was given permission to collect donations for the people with intellectual disabilities in front of Hy-Vee store on West Locust. We want to be thanking Hy-Vee for giving us the ability to collect and raise over $4,200 in those thr…

            In light of Alleman High School's football forfeiture to Moline, I think the time is past due to scrap the program until Alleman can put a viable team on the field. Sometimes you just have to put Ol' Seabiscuit out of his misery when he goes lame.

            I would like to say to some of your readers that I, too, miss the old puzzle and sweet comics like Mutts, but I can understand the reason behind it more than likely is financial. I now like having Garfield and Pickles as a daily read. The crosswords are harder but one can stimulate your brai…

            As if we didn't have enough problems with inflation and high-cost gasoline, here comes the misnamed Safe-T-Act that was rammed through the dark of night in the 2021 lame duck Democratic Illinois legislature in 2021. It is anything but safe because of the No Cash Bail that will be effective J…

            I wondered how long it would take for Sen. Grassley’s campaign to launch a personal attack on his political opponent. It is not surprising that Grassley’s campaign could not talk about actual policy issues. The Grassley campaign is desperate.

            A big thanks to the management and staff of the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center for many years of service to the community. You have provided an outstanding facility for physical, mental, and social health. You have welcomed members and guests with personal care, responding quickly to request…

            We no longer elect people, we elect political parties that establish positions favored by party bosses. Those elected simply vote with their party regardless of the needs of the constituents. This is untenable.

            The proposed merger of the railroad companies that pass along our Mississippi River has the makings of an environmental disaster. The proposal includes almost three times as many trains; so the chances of a derailing and environmental disaster to our river will rise exponentially. The conten…

            It seems Ald. Ortiz has a problem on who he represents. He stated that he talked to a handful of people who want the change to one-ways in downtown Davenport, but he hasn't talked to the people in 4th Ward. He never called me to ask what I wanted. He also stated that the change doesn't affec…

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            Mike Thoms refused to participate in the Rock Island NAACP forum, so instead attendees listened to his partner in the Republican Party explain that politicians and government should have the authority to dictate a woman’s healthcare decisions.

            In my many years I have lived in five worlds: rural Nebraska, Urban Nebraska, Military, Academic, and Retirement: in one state in the first two, several states and countries in the last three (but mostly in Iowa.) During the first four our nation faced enormous problems, at home and abroad, …

            The Congressional race pitting Eric Sorensen against Esther King is a study in contrasts. Sorensen was born and raised in Rockford, graduated from Northern Illinois University, and has worked as a meteorologist during the past two decades at television stations in Rockford and the Quad Citie…

            Americans want better wages that Democrats are fighting for. We support universal healthcare, Social Security and Medicare, which is under attack by Republicans. We need a price cap on insulin. We want commonsense gun safety laws. Climate change is real. We need strong labor unions and colle…

            Thank you for taking away such mindless cartoons as Dilbert, Rhymes with Orange, and Macanudo and replacing them with intelligent, thought provoking cartoons such as Luann and Phoebe and her Unicorn. Good job!

            Our rule-of-law democratic government relies on having two functional political parties who come together to debate, negotiate, and compromise on issues facing the American people. Unfortunately, the Republican Party is no longer a functional political party.

            I would like to add my protest over the current comics page. While some have lauded the removal of dinosaurs like "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois," they've been replaced with reprints of Peanuts and For Better or For Worse. While I am delighted to see [those,] the addition of Garfield, Baby…

            Please Quad-Cities, wake up! Your community is threatened by being dangerously and permanently changed by the merger of the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Railroads. I was disappointed at the low turnout at Tuesday’s public environmental hearing at the River Center. With this issu…

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