Sunday, December 10, 2006

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.

Happy Sunday,

George

10 Comments:

At December 10, 2006 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Colonel, amen

 
At December 10, 2006 2:52 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I don't imagine this was a very popular edition for newsstand sales.

As much as I hate what the QCTimes does to development stories they don't like, I understand that certain things sell papers better.

I wonder if there are enough political junkies around here to make a small weekly or twice-weekly local politics paper financially feasible.

 
At December 10, 2006 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was interesting to hear Mayor Winborn state that if had had a vote he would have voted to keep Thom Hart in charge. Great leadership Mayor Winborn.

 
At December 10, 2006 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's going to be the better Mayor? Winborn or Lynn? I'll stick with Winborn, at least he is predictable and harmless!

 
At December 11, 2006 11:08 PM, Anonymous Bring Jobs to Davenport said...

I voted for Winborn, but did not feel that we had much of a choice. Steve Ahrens was not master mind. We need people with some great vision. Winborn is a puppet for Charlie the Moose. Davenport's future is the River is their idea. Well, unless we can find a lot of jobs on the River Davenport is doomed. Having a nice river front in a small city like Davenport is hardly what will keep the young and the brightest in Davenport.

We need to get the Arsenal back up to 10,000 employees. We need to get another industry like Cat to bring manufacturing jobs to Davenport.

We need to let the boat move to I-80 area and let them build the golf course, Stage Show facility, large gambling facility, etc.

To keep them on the river is stupid. They will loose out eventually to Riverside or some big Indian Investment.

We need the West Sewer Tunnel and not 100,000,000 spent on the river front. Stop this madness from eating up all of our bonding capacity. Invest the $25 to $40 million in the sewer and let that help the development of the Westend of Davenport. Bring in more jobs to keep our youth that graduate from St. Ambrose, Augie and other higher level colleges in Iowa.

People have been trying to keep people in Iowa after they graduate for over 50 plus years with little success expect when the Arsenal was expanding during the Vietnam War and during the Cold War.

 
At December 12, 2006 6:14 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Manufacturing isn't what attracts the young college students either.

 
At December 12, 2006 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We need to get the Arsenal back up to 10,000 employees."

In order to do that, we need to get involved in a few more wars!

Are you also one of the people that says we need to get out of Iraq?

Can't have it both ways.

 
At December 13, 2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous for R.I.A. jobs said...

Dear anonymous (Dec 12,06 ll:56 AM) you need to understand that the war on terror may be a war that will last 100 years. Maybe we will be an Islamic State and surrender and all Jews and Christians better keep their heads!

Parade Magazine (Times a couple of Sundays ago in the Intelligence Section) indicated that North America, Islam's Map in this century, was an Islamic State!

The way that we have no stomach for war based upon the Media's polls we may be taken over. The Son's of Islam have, according to some reports, have suitcase A-Bombs that they brought across the Mexican Border along with other Illegal Immigrants!

The ten thousand people that were referenced earlier by another writer on the Arsenal were not in manufacturing, but in Command slots. It is unfortunate that most people in the Quad-Cities do not understand that there are less than 2,000 people in manufacturing and most of the people are in Command slots that make over $50,000 per year. I believe that the average on the Island is over $40,000 per year for all jobs.

There are a lot of jobs that pay in the $80,000 up to $110,000 per year. So get a grip, we need to bring back some of the Command jobs that were here and are out at Dover New Jersey.

That is the way to keep college students in the area. The arsenel use to have several intern programs that brought college students in a GS-5-7-9 intern program and they graduated as a GS-11. That is what is needed to keep college students in the area.

 
At December 14, 2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Quadcityimages,

It's not the manufacturing that will bring them in but the masses. With a influx of people comes the spinoffs like insurance brokers, healthcare professionals, and even accounting jobs. This RIA's "shot in the arm" is the start of great things to come. There are engineers, supervisors, management teams. How about new house construction and housing rehabs. The retailers will fight for a piece of the action also. All these jobs to filled will come from local people, they will stay because there will be so much more to offer than a gambling boat.

So open your eyes and stop being so negative.

 
At December 15, 2006 6:40 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Mostly I'm playing devil's advocate, because its hard to be against high-paying jobs like the Arsenal has, no matter what the job is.

However, just to throw this out there... if its "masses" and increasing population that bring success and spinoff jobs, (which I agree with) won't the Triumph plant help?

 

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