The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 25, 2014

Reader: Council needs to work with Adcraft

I couldn’t agree more with Missey Sullivan-Pope’s letter. When I first read the news article about the expansion for Adcraft I thought terrific.

Then I read about the Clinton City Council’s decision and all I could think is “Why don’t you just rent them a moving van to DeWitt or Davenport?”

What is the council thinking? I moved to Clinton over 30 years ago and then across the River to Fulton in the last 10. I still have ties to Clinton through my church, schools, work and more so I’m interested in seeing Clinton thrive.

The Sullivan family has been a positive influence in Clinton from restoring old buildings, to innovative ideas, as well as growing Adcraft from a little store on Fifth Avenue to what we see to day.

While other businesses overlooked Clinton or moved to DeWitt or the Quad-Cities, they stayed in town. How many times have ventures failed because Clinton was too short-sighted to give businesses a reason to come here. We have the industrial park and projects with the railroad, etc. but many times I see projects choose other cities because Clinton can’t see the big picture.

We have a lot to offer — YWCA, fitness centers, libraries, great schools, beautiful churches, health care, well-trained police and fire departments, the riverfront, sports, ballet, theater, shopping and hardworking people but that doesn’t count when you push businesses away.

Come on guys. These are not new people from the “big city” offering us a job-creating project that may or may not succeed. This is family — they are tried and true —proven to be successful as well as making their employees and their town successful, too.

Sandy Herrington,

Fulton, Ill.

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