Monday, April 6, 2015
Two strikes against the paper and residents
Mitch Ryan had the following letter in the April 6 Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. " First, during the election season your editorial board and John Marx wrote glowing articles of praise for the county board heir apparent Moose Maranda. I had to read how he would NOT conduct business the way it was done before. I guess Moose Maranda showed his true colors when he voted to kill downsizing the county board and tell 72 percent of the county voters to stuff it. Strike 1 and 2 for you. ..... Second, you are now pushing for the 1 percent tax increase that has been defeated multiple times. Your analysis is severely flawed as it will not improve the mission of the education system -- to prepare the children to survive and prosper in the world. How does a new entrance at Rocky help a kid ace the SAT or ACT? ..... Passing the tax will allow the great school finance shell game to continue. Money that would or should have been budgeted for building maintenance will now be diverted to other "priorities" thus nullifying the claim that the money can only be used for facilities. Also, that say that our property taxes may be reduced. That's hogwash! If they were sincere about this, they would include the tax reduction language in the referendum. Since they didn't, I believe if this tax passes, it will be strike 3 for the paper's editorial board and the residents of Rock Island County. Fool me once ... Not anymore."