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May 16, 2006

A couple of alderpeople get it...

Maybe it's a 2nd Ward thing ... but it's probably more a young guy thing.

Anyway, Moline's Michael Carton and Davenport's Shawn Hamerlinck are making effective use of the web, setting good examples for other politicians.

Ald. Hamerlinck's blog Second Ward Discussion, is just that, and a pretty good one, too. Lots of ideas and information flowing back and forth.

Ald. Carton's website isn't quite that interactive, but it certainly makes it easy to contact him and share a view.

Wave of the future, lapping at even the Q-C.

Posted by jcb at May 16, 2006 11:28 PM


Excellent use of the web technology. Anything to help improve public participation in, and understanding of, government is a good thing.

Posted by: Porter McNeil at May 17, 2006 12:11 AM

Let me add my kudos to these politicians for recognizing the potential of the net and having the drive to put it into practice.

The only thing better than having pols with their own blogs would be having them actually participate in the discussions on topics which are pertenent to them or on which they have insight that have been going on for over a year at several local blogs.

This happened across the river, (on DDP) but apparently Illinois politicians are allergic or simply shell-shocked.

Posted by: The Inside Dope at May 17, 2006 04:14 AM

Ours is not a democracy but a republic and for leaders to listen to the people is one thing, but to act on their input is another thing. The founding fathers were for electing people to lead and not to react. The hog plant in Silvis is a prime example of the mass rule. It doesn't work.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 17, 2006 08:15 AM

Seemed like it worked just fine for many people. I guess only your view is considered "correct", eh?

Your point about politicians not "reacting" to the public is well taken. The flag burning thing comes to mind. Often, public sentiment is ill-informed and simply an emotional reaction.

But I disagree that politicians are somehow supposed to be aloof and cut off from the public they are elected to serve and issue their judgements and decisions from on high, with no consideration of the will of the people.

Yes, they're supposed to be leaders, but not lead people in a direction they don't want to go. Or in the case of the hog plant, as on so many, many other issues they supposedly "lead", serve the intersts of the highest bidder or wealthiest interest and then try to call that "leadership".

Ignoring the views and opinions of the people while cow-towing to the elite few is far from noble, as you seem to suggest.

Posted by: TID at May 19, 2006 11:13 PM

TID, it would however be nobel to the 1200 new employees that would make $12 an hour and bennies. These are the highest bidder or wealthiest interests that you are talking about. Or is it the corporations like John Deere. Would they be one of these wealthy interests that you are refering to. We should have never let them and their jobs into the community because they were the wealthy interests. Please, TID these companies are in business to make money. They are your enemy not mine. I see them as employers to the people that would benefit from jobs. You have to have employers who are generally rich to have employees.

Posted by: Anonymous at May 20, 2006 11:34 AM

Yes, tes yes, TID, we don't need 1,200 new jobs here in the Illinois Quad Cities --- we already ahev the highest poverty rate in Illinois. Why would the poor people want job when things are moving along so nicely?

Posted by: KateNelson at May 20, 2006 01:02 PM