The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

October 15, 2012

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Determann is an ‘activist’

CLINTON — Tom Determann has been an “activist” for Clinton, Clinton County and the state of Iowa for 40 years in the best sense of that word. Today he seeks to continue his career of working for the betterment of our communities as a new county supervisor. His opponent is also a good man who has served our city and county as a public servant.

But I want to tell you why Tom deserves your vote and support. His steady efforts over his working career have helped in a very major way to bring Clinton, the county and eastern Iowa into a position where now for the first time in many years, we are in a competitive mode for economic development and future growth against all corners.

Tom’s tireless efforts have been most noticeable through his dedication to rebuilding our infrastructure — highways, schools, blighted areas and new land for development and growth. Examples: Highway 30 and Camanche Avenue development now nearing completion and involving many millions of dollars, the very area that had been Clinton’s Achilles heel for growth because of its unsightly and pothole infested and dangerous streets.

This program took many years, involved people and lobbying to happen. Innumerable trips to Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids and other Iowa communities had to happen with presentations and research. Tom Determann probably attended 80 to 90 percent of them.

Not only that, he drove vans full of mayors, councilmen, Chamber and development leaders, labor members, engineers, supervisors and any other involved people, Republican, Democrat or Independent, from Clinton, Camanche, Fulton, DeWitt, Calamus, Wheatland and other small towns west.

I went on many of these myself and I can list any number of others who did the same. To my knowledge in all these trips and miles traveled he never once asked for any compensation, even gas money. And if you know Tom, he was an active participant in the necessary lobbying and discussions that occurred. I’ve heard some people have criticized him for expressing his opinion too forcefully. I thank God he’s had the courage to do so.

That has helped this entire area in our successful bypass project, plans for a four-lane Highway 30, a four-lane connection to I-88 in Illinois, our ongoing railport project and others that will help not just Clinton and the county but western Illinois and all eastern Iowa as well. With his ongoing energy and desire to serve all Clinton County and its needs in the future, Tom Determann will work hard with the other supervisors to make Clinton County a better place for us all in the years ahead. Honor him with your vote at the ballot box.

Harry Rutenbeck,

Clinton

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