Letters to the Editor
Here are some of the latest and most interesting letters to the editors of local newspapers from the community.
Note: while we only post intelligent, informed letters, they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the county or party.
Greetings -- My name is Jeff Rice and I hope what follows will be of assistance to those who wish to speak out in a public forum, but not sure how to do so. I began submitting letters to area newspapers as far back as the presidency of Ronald Reagan. There wasn’t any guideline to follow except for my desire to speak out so I sat down and started writing.
As the years passed I learned how to comply to the requirements of area newspapers. Basically it’s a 250 word limit and common sense after that...no profanity. Time between letters is 30 days before another can be submitted.
While my interests lie in political topics, people write about numerous items of interest they want others to read.
Letters can be drafted by hand and submitted via mail, or written on computer and sent electronically. Newspapers encourage citizens to write and they provide the ‘how to’ information on their opinion page.
Some papers call the writer for verification and some do not. My experience is the Dispatch/Argus always calls, while the QC Times does not, especially if they know you have written them previously.
The above publications have their own web sites, thus letters are published online as well as in print which mean your words reach far and wide across our nation. Now it’s time for the nuts and bolts so here goes. Shakespeare wrote, “brevity is the soul of wit.”
Once your first draft is completed, it’s time for the final touch. My suggestion is to sit down and get what you want to say off your chest...no matter how many words you write. Don’t worry about word count until you have set in print everything you want to express. Most of the time writers discover they have exceeded the word limit, so now the editing process begins.
With word processors, it’s easy to keep track by clicking onto ‘tools’ and seeing your word count. Here’s where saying the most in the fewest words count, making your letter capture the readers attention. This is where writers will delete sentences or entire paragraphs. Maybe move them around to a different place for maximum impact.
When writing it is helpful to use a dictionary and/or thesaurus in order to avoid using repeated words. If you follow the above guidelines, you are well on your way to making an impact to fellow citizens. Questions let me know. Jeff Rice
Feature Letter to the Editor
Face facts: View from the Q-C: To save Illinois, stick with Rauner
Bill Bloom of Moline is Deputy GOP State Central Committeeman for the 17th Congressional District.
Dispatch Argus - September 3, 2018
We are facing difficult times in Illinois. We find ourselves in an election where the sitting governor is being blamed for “the failures of the last 4 years.”
The problem is Illinois has been under-performing compared to surrounding states for decades. Those who blame Bruce Rauner for the problems Illinois faces must be hoping we all have memory issues. Illinois has been losing population, businesses and jobs far longer than Rauner has been governor.
Before Rauner was governor, Illinois already had one of the worst credit ratings in the nation and the highest debt per capita in the nation.
Before Rauner was elected, Illinois was already losing manufacturing jobs while other states were growing. In the four years before Rauner was elected, Illinois lost 84,000 citizens who decided to live somewhere else. That is the equivalent of every voter in Rock Island County deciding to move out.
Before Rauner was governor, surveys were already showing that half of Illinoisans wished they lived elsewhere. Across the river, Iowa is rated one of the best places to live. Illinois is rated one of the most undesirable. Clearly, Illinois’ problems did not start with Rauner.
The solutions proposed by the Democrats are more of the same: expanded spending, bigger government fueled by more taxes and borrowing.
“Revenue generating ideas” include a progressive income tax and property taxes. The exact amount and levels on tax increases in the J.B. Pritzker plan have not been nailed down. Essentially Pritzker seems to be saying, “No problem, I will pay for more goodies with taxes but (wink-wink) no worries, I will tax the other guy.”
He apparently plans to tax “the other guy” who is most capable of leaving the state. To fund the pension debt, the idea has been floated to add a 1 percent of home value property tax on top of our already highest-in-the-nation property tax rates.
More spending, more taxes. More heavy-handed regulation will also work its way back into the Democrat playbook, after all, penalties are also “revenue generating ideas.”
An election is normally a race between two candidates. We have to pick the best horse with a shot at winning. Anything else is wasted effort.
Solutions in Illinois that start with, “Here is how we will raise taxes,” will fail because people will leave. Solutions that start with, “Here is how we will attract businesses to Illinois and grow our population,” have a chance to succeed.
Rauner understands the real challenge is growing Illinois, creating opportunities and attracting people to the state. Pritzker just doesn’t get it.
If the vision for Illinois is higher taxes and continued loss of businesses, jobs and, ultimately, families from Illinois, Pritzker is your guy.
If saving Illinois by making Illinois a desired location through economic growth and job opportunities sounds like a better plan, stick with Rauner.