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 Q-C: Do the math, then vote Rauner, Harold
Bill Bloom of Moline is deputy GOP state central committeeman for the 17th Congressional District.
Dispatch Argus - July 17, 2018
There are a lot of people who look at the coming November election for governor with anger bordering on disinterest. In the Republican primary, only 52 percent of the voters supported Bruce Rauner. On the Democratic side, only 48 percent of the voters supported J.B. Pritzker. In other words, a bare majority of Republicans supported Rauner and a minority of Democrats supported Pritzker.
Let’s be clear, Republicans have some anger at the governor. Some of his votes have upset his core on issues related to immigration and on abortion.
For me, this election comes down to simple math. In 2020, we will have a census and redistricting. The decades-long exodus of citizens out of Illinois will mean we might lose two entire congressional districts. It means major map drawing and realignment for the shrinking state. Who sits in the governor’s chair will have a lot of influence on how the lines are drawn.
In the last redistricting, Democratic control resulted in the middle of Rockford and the middle of Peoria being added to our own 17th Congressional District. This had nothing to do with good government. It was calculated to insure Democrats rule in the 17th. Instead of three major cities each having a congressman it meant all three were represented by one. How is that good representation?
For those of you who care about the future of Illinois, Rauner does understand that the root problem is a bad business environment and property taxes. Bruce understands that Illinois is over-taxed and over-spends. Pritzker plans to double down on taxes and spending. Bruce supports the fair maps agenda. Pritzker hasn’t said a word on it.
The other simple math is this: Rauner plus Erika Harold equals House Speaker Michael Madigan’s retirement. Madigan has not been too worried about an attorney general who might look into his real estate law practices and the conflicts of interests his revenue stream, influence in Cook County and control of legislation represents.
After all, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is his daughter. Capturing the attorney general’s office and sustaining the new AG with a re-elected Rauner will put a spotlight on Madigan’s dealings.
I would expect that Mike (age 76) might well find it time to retire rather than sit through the first serious state-level investigation into his activities.
The simple math shows removing Madigan is the first step in turning around the tax, spend and business environment in Illinois. That requires us to re-elect Rauner and elect Harold as attorney general. In November. Please do not sit on the sidelines. Re-elect the governor of Illinois.