Friday, December 01, 2006

The Glee of Snow Days & Camera Monies

Well the excitement from QCA children on today’s snow day can only be equaled by the glee from Davenport City Hall and the new found $700,000 generated from the enforcement cameras.

Remember how happy you were as a kid, when you looked at the window and saw snow. Remember running to the TV or turning on the radio and hoping the news of no school. As a matter of fact, I believe in this global warming stuff. And kids today don’t have the winters we older folks enjoyed. I guarantee you, as kids, we never had “a two hour delay”. If it snowed, it snowed. Heck, Davenport didn’t even plow city streets unless it snowed at least 4 inches….

As a matter of fact, I also believe in the concept of law enforcement through technology. While I am surprised at the level of income generated, I believe it’s politically smart for these aldermen to get ahead of this and ensure all the monies goes back into police enforcement. I am aware of a petition going around town, seeking the removal of these cameras. I also understand Lynn and Ald. Shawn are trying to walk a fine line here (note the lack of any comment from the two) in terms of their position of the darn things.

But let’s not worry about all of this today. Today is a day of happiness for local children and Davenport politicians. And in the wisdom of our local Police Chief Mike Bladel, “The important thing is there are no taxpayer dollars in these proposals”.

Happy Snow Day…



At December 01, 2006 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you believe that the reason Hammerlink and Lynn have't been too vocal is it may blow their slim chance for re-election this fall? I do!

At December 01, 2006 11:05 AM, Blogger The Colonel said...

There is nothing wrong with playing it safe. After all, these guys are likely to run again.

But don't be a Hypocrite!!! If you are going to make this a campaign issue (to end the cameras), do it now before you spend the money.

At December 01, 2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:55 AM ..... I thought the sap stopped running once it freezed!

At December 01, 2006 2:07 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I don't think Hamerlinck will have any trouble being reelected in the 2nd ward.

Lynn should be interesting.

I think a compromise on the speed cameras would be to keep the speed buffer zone fairly high. For example, only people doing 12 or 14 over the speed limit get tickets. People who go 10 over most of the time don't seem nearly as dangerous to me as people going 20 or 30 over the speed limit, and I see a lot of those. I don't think anyone going 8 or 9 over should ever get a camera ticket.
Also people who read or watch the news seem to slow down to LESS than the speed limit around the cameras, so they're sort of working like speedbumps that don't damage your car.

I think nearly everyone agrees that the ticket money should go for public safety only.

At December 01, 2006 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As posted on QCI’s Blog, I thought it fit here also.

To all the whiners who have received red light and speeding tickets: You more than likely deserved the ticket, so get over it. Slow down, red means stop, and don’t roll through red lights when turning right. I think some people must daydream when they are taking their driving tests. Bad habits are hard to break, work on it. (•¿•)

At December 02, 2006 9:31 AM, Blogger cruiser said...

I think the Col's on to something. The red light cameras will be an issue in the election, yet nobody on the council is making a statement against them. The same goes for IOC; if they vote to let them move inland, and to give the IOC monies. So they can't run on that issue unless they are hypodcites. This is going to be an interesting election.

At December 02, 2006 9:43 AM, Blogger WindingHills said...

I have not received a ticket from them, but I would vote for anyone supporting the removal of the red-light and speeding cameras.

These cameras are just the beginning, if we support these the government will put them up anywhere so the can make a buck. How about cameras in bathroom stalls to stop vandalism. This is a free country, we don't want to turn it into an over-censored over-regulated country of robots.

At December 02, 2006 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to have cameras at the ravines in the central city to see the illegal dumping or elsewhere for that matter. You see, we won't get that because there is no revenue there.

At December 02, 2006 2:57 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

You mean the candidates aren't going to run on how they eliminated the stormwater fee as some of them promised?

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At December 04, 2006 2:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 04, 2006 7:40 AM, Anonymous Shelley said...

Wow-what a great and insightful post. For the average QC citizen, many of the innner workings of the Arsenal are a mystery. We know people who work there or used to work there and some can't tell you all of what they do. I am wondering if the Quad Cities Development Group has an advisory committee made up of some of those peope mentioned in the post. The Corps comment makes a lot of sense. Heaven knows that there are a lot of retired Corps folks around here as well. It seems like an obvious resource to employ in the hard fought campaign for high skilled jobs. Can you find out Colonel?

At December 04, 2006 7:41 AM, Anonymous Shelley said...

Sorry-meant to post that on the other page! Mea culpa.

At December 07, 2006 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strang how the blog went from speed cameras and alderman to music and christmas gifts. Sounds to me that someone doesn't want the discussion to go where we were headed. (hmmm....) Which alderman do we have out there?

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Each of you has your personal story; it is your history. Keeping a diary or writing your feelings in a special notebook is a wonderful way to learn how to think and write about who you are -- to develop your own identity and voice.

People of all ages are able to do this. Your own history is special because of your circumstances: your cultural, racial, religious or ethnic background. Your story is also part of human history, a part of the story of the dignity and worth of all human beings. By putting opinions and thoughts into words, you, too, can give voice to your inner self and strivings.

A long entry by Anne Frank on April 5, 1944, written after more than a year and a half of hiding from the Nazis, describes the range of emotions 14-year-old Anne is experiencing:

". . . but the moment I was alone I knew I was going to cry my eyes out. I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently. Then I drew my knees to my chest, lay my head on my arms and cried, all huddled up on the bare floor. A loud sob brought me back down to earth, and I choked back my tears, since I didn't want anyone next door to hear me . . .

"And now it's really over. I finally realized that I must do my school work to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that's what I want! I know I can write. A few of my stories are good, my descriptions of the Secret Annex are humorous, much of my diary is vivid and alive, but . . . it remains to be seen whether I really have talent . . .

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"I haven't worked on Cady's Life for ages. In my mind I've worked out exactly what happens next, but the story doesn't seem to be coming along very well. I might never finish it, and it'll wind up in the wastepaper basket or the stove. That's a horrible thought, but then I say to myself, "At the age of 14 and with so little experience, you can't write about philosophy.' So onward and upward, with renewed spirits. It'll all work out, because I'm determined to write! Yours, Anne M. Frank

For those of you interested in reading some of Anne Frank's first stories and essays, including a version of Cady's Life, see Tales From the Secret Annex (Doubleday, 1996). Next: Reviewing and revising your writing

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