Gaye Adegbalola doesn't want it getting out that if it hadn't been for the departure of her high-school music teacher, "I probably would have gone into classical music."

But fortunately for us, Adegbalola withdrew from music when her mentor left, taking science classes instead of playing her flute.

Q: I hear Congress still can't agree on that patient bill of rights. What's the problem?

A: Nothing's more complicated than health care in America. The latest stumbling block was when several Senators realized that checking into a hospital and hiring a prostitute both started with the same question - "How much money do you have?" - and ended with, "All right, lie down and give me your underwear.

Father's Day

Of all the holidays generally recognized in North America, Father's Day has the most potential for confusion and complication, if not outright concussion.

Thanksgiving, by contrast, is a snap. Everyone in America sits down to the same exact meal, then nods off as the L-tryptophan kicks in and the Lions game lurches toward halftime.

The works of Ralph Iaccarino and Jay Stratton have such a professional finish that they allow the viewer to concentrate totally on their shapes, form, and feelings. It really is a joy to observe and walk from piece to piece in their two-person show at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery in LeClaire's Iowa Welcome Center, because there isn't a weak link among them.

Hopefully, the public has been watching Super Wal-Mart as it has proceeded, at times allegedly unlawfully, toward its ultimate conclusion. The last leg of this development travesty was the "dark store agreement" conceived and perpetrated upon Davenport taxpayers by Alderman Bob McGivern, who only further demonstrated his lack of understanding of business matters so crucial to the proceedings.

At a forum May 24 at the Family Museum of Arts & Science, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker made clear that those deflating practical considerations weren't welcome. No pesky questions about whether something can be done, or from where the money might come to pay for it.

For a year and a half, Davenport citizens have been witness to the ongoing saga of Niky Bowles versus the City of Davenport, as Bowles has attempted to rezone 10 acres of property her family owns as Cypress Points Developers just south of 53rd Street on Eastern Avenue.

The two artists featured in the current exhibit at Quad City Arts in downtown Rock Island aren't what you might expect after reading their statements. Matt Pulford wrote a longer exposition of his work that suggests a literate artistic style.

• The Junior League of the Quad Cities is working in conjunction with the City of Bettendorf to add a play area in McManus Park (better known as Rocket Park) just off Interstate 74 to meet the needs of children with physical disabilities.

Part two of two

The press conference last month announcing Davenport's completion of an application to the Vision Iowa program was filled with bold statements. In explaining the name River Renaissance, Davenport Community and Economic Development Director Clayton Lloyd invoked the Renaissance of the 14th and 15th centuries.

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