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Op-ed: Globe props up Bookmeyer (by Peter Children)

In the Sunday paper on January 15, 2012, the Globe Gazette threw a lifeline to Eric Bookmeyer and his crew at City Hall thereby removing all doubt that they are all living in a commune together. My generation would just say they’re “shacked up.”

At the same time it throws the covers off the bed reveling the age old myth that newspapers are unbiased, that they just report the news as it appears, unvarnished and naked; sure, you betcha.  Whatever you might think, whichever way you lean, this too shall pass.

Harley Davidson’s event was touted as a million dollar make over, a complete new concept with the promise of 23 new jobs. As far as I can see no new square footage has been added…looks more like a new paint job consisted of sprayed drivit……a million dollars worth?

Because of what I write, people are quick to judge, they think I don’t like Bookmeyer, that is far from the truth…I just don’t like what he does, or the way he does it.  As far as he himself goes, he has some serious issues outwardly that need work…but in some sense we all do. Look, I realize a lot of people get drunk, many get drunk in public…but they are not the Mayor of Mason City.

I wish them all great success in their effort to attract business, I want what is best for this community I have spent my life in; I just happen to believe there are too many great pretenders who in the end will drive the bus into the ditch.

Peter Children


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