QC Times provides some hope....
As a frequent critic of the Quad City Times and their inability to provide significant coverage, the Colonel tips his hat to the staff for a great Sunday newspaper. The ability of the paper to delve into the realities of QC Development and the make up and functions of our local chambers is fantastic. I must say, today’s paper is the best edition that has come out in some time. As important, a bold and pointed editorial about potential service collaborations in terms of public safety is a challenge to all public servants and the voters that support them.
For those that don’t subscribe, you can read the debacles of the QC Development here. A nice analysis/story about our chambers and their functions of economic development (and public monies) can be read here. And finally, a pointed editorial about potential service mergers with our fire fighters can be read here.
It’s unfortunate the QC Times waited until decisions have already been made, to highlight the structural failures of the QC Development entity. More important, exposing the inabilities of Thom Hart to be honest with the public regarding the lack of outcomes over his tenure is indeed necessary. If we can’t learn from our mistakes, we are damn sure to repeat them often. Just think what we as a community could have done, if the business sector and QC Times stepped forward earlier.
So I hope folks take measure of what a local newspaper can do. Not necessarily the local beat reporter putting a negative spin on city hall stories. But a venue that reports on the facts, and as they say, “Let you (the reader) decide”.
The QC Times needs to continue to push for public service and chamber mergers. The Scott County area is layered in government and duplicate services. With proposed changes in the property tax code for commercial properties, local governments will again be cut in funding or additional service burdens. This is Iowa, not Massachusetts! We can’t afford to be something to everyone. Nor can we afford to let “our people” be everything to “our people”.
Let’s hope the business leaders continue to be empowered by the recent changes in QC Development. And let’s hope the QC Times looks at today’s paper and realize they can indeed be relevant.