In this morning’s Daily Dispatch is an opinion written by Moline Alderman Dick Potter who disagrees with the idea of giving incentives designed to lift the standard of living in impoverished areas to the proposed East Moline Triumph Foods pork processing plant which will only pay starting wages of $8.25 an hour. Even the average wage of $25,000 a year is still below the poverty line. Why should a project which will pay its workers poverty wages receive subsidies and special treatment? Let them pay all the taxes and fees that any other business would pay.
In this morning’s Quad City Times is a letter to the editor by Tim Murphy of the Quad-City Audubon Society who worries about the environmental impact of the proposed plant and suggests an independent, third-party evaluation of the impact of the plant before final approval is given to the project.
These are valid concerns about the proposed project which I share. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to have reservations about this plant. There is no need to demagogue about illegal immigration or the ethnicity of the people who will work there.