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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, September 26, 2013

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
    Gift should not have been rejected
    The city council report from the September 12 issue omitted a major point.
    The video tapes show that my statement of patience was prefaced by my caveat that as long as the restorative efforts were forthcoming I could be patient as historians have learned to be. I never said a word about abandoning restoration essentials. What City Manager Jones added was wishful thinking unless there is something unrealistic about my reluctance to lose both the project and the hard-earned $19,263.83.
     I thank Mayor Deb Fader for her leadership toward getting the project approved. I thank Rep. Dean Urdahl for two letters of support and encouragement to council members. I also thank town board member Jim Ruether and others who volunteered services of various types.
    In rejecting a large gift that did not fit its whims, council members forgot that a public office is a public trust. The state would never have deeded the monument site had the original council members held attitudes so contrary to the stipulations in the deed. Long-deferred maintenance has cut the park capacity to a fraction of what it was, with no place to sit and no toilet facilities. Is installation of a 10 by 10-foot prefabricated concrete toilet really beyond the competence of the council?
    —Jon Willand
    Minneapolis

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