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Op-ed: Use petition to remove Bookmeyer from office (by Peter Children)


This news story was published on April 1, 2012.
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I am advocating a petition for removal or recall of Eric Bookmeyer. If you were watching the state of Wisconsin in regard to their governor, Scott Walker, they got 900,000 signatures to recall him from office. How hard can this be? There is certainly enough evidence to more than consider it.

Some of you will think of it as a sobering thought; others will think a little more sobriety is needed….if you get my drift. If truth were to come out, it really isn’t the public display of intoxication that is the most frightening or alarming, it isn’t the fact that he drinks to the point of incoherence and needs to be helped to stand up, no those things can be overlooked. What cannot be overlooked is the vindictiveness and ineptness in what he attempts in his day to day dealings. This man is not qualified for the position he occupies, that is my opinion.

There are strong possibilities that the copious amounts of alcohol he runs through his system has had adverse effects on his mental capacity, that certainly is a possibility. But overall it is my opinion he lacks the normal demeanor to function without malice. With him everything is personal, when in fact it is not. It is about common goals, not personal goals, it is about being open with the community, not secretive and clandestine, it is about listening to the voices of those who live here and may have voted for you; it’s not about shutting down the public form because you are not interested in hearing what those same citizens may have to say.

It is about denying Sandy Servantez merely an interview because he did not get his way in shutting down the Human Rights Commission offices in this city. That was the first signal early on of his vindictiveness…and it did go unseen by me. It was a red flare in the dark of night that told me we had a psychopath on our hands. His continued fixation with HRC by requesting audits and trying to load the commission with his personal appointees only served to add credence to my theory. The mere fact that he would attempt to close it to keep what I believe was a promise to his friend and campaign manager; my theory. This told me he had zero compassion for the downtrodden who depend on this facility, but was more interested in only his needs and what he wanted. Eric wants to prove that he is in charge; unfortunately that is all too evident. The only smart move he ever made in my opinion was to marry a doctor. After that he went down hill in the area of making sound decisions. This guy is reason enough to require testing before anyone can file for public office. On the other hand he put six council persons into a deep trance; that doesn’t mean he’s smart, it just sheds light on those six people, it marks them as suspect in the area of making viable and intelligent decisions.

Lets now make an assumption; lets pretend Eric dumps the sanitation department and eleven or more long time employees are let go. Forget about their families, that is the least of Eric’s concern. Now lets further assume a private trash company is brought in; maybe just by pure chance it is one where Councilwoman Solberg writes their insurance or is connected to in one way or another. This is all conjuncture mind you, not something that would really happen in the real world…you think? Ask yourself this question; what is a councilperson’s vote worth, one that never fails to vote your way every time without fail? What would the premiums be worth on all those trucks? Could that, if it were to come about be considered collusion; warranting a long look by the BCI or states attorney’s office? Nobody votes for what you want without wanting something for themselves…nobody. This is not off the table, this guy thinks only about what he wants, and thinks you are all out to lunch; and maybe you are.

Now you can see what a part time employee can do…if he has assistance from the council. I have no problem with my trash, I put it out and they pick it up. It works so why fix it? The cost is in line, it’s reasonable, the collectors are proficient, but they don’t vote on the council…

Peter Children

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21 Responses to Op-ed: Use petition to remove Bookmeyer from office (by Peter Children)

  1. 50 miles south Reply Report comment

    April 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    if your mayor is such a drunk then it shouldnt be that hard to video him drinking, drink, slurring words, ect. Is it legal to video a public figure in public? sound maybe???IDK video him “24/7” and see if you get any responce. you may bet what you want. Putting the PROOF on here will give you way more credibility than these rants and accusations that we have been seeing

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Amen!! This old crock is so full of hot air, even he believes his own hype.

  2. ???? Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What is wrong with you! I cannot find any postive articles you write, you give journalism a horrible name. Not to mention it is clear you have never fact checked ANYTHING! Honestly, if you dont like this area so much Mr. Children why don’t you just leave…???

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Peter has never claimed to be a journalist.

    • peter children Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      I was born here; I remember a time when our city was run by men & women of integrity, people who respected those who voted for them and took pride in this community. They didn’t get drunk on their ass in public and not care.

      You have a problem with the truth, this is a infliction that effects more of you than you’ll ever know. If you don’t like what I write, then don’t read it

      • peter children Reply Report comment

        April 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        The above was meant for ?????

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        I too have lived here my whole life..and things just seem to be going down hill. Is it the mayor’s fault? Or The council’s fault? Who knows…but things just don’t seem right anymore. Privatizing garbage collection? Hiring out of town companies to paint the lines on the street? Wanting to spend thousands of dollars on remodeling city hall? The city has always taken care of garbage collection and in the past it used to be the city street employees to paint the lines. Now we are contracting out of town for the lines and someone has the really bad idea of getting rid of city garbage. I’m sure there’s other things that I am missing here, but things just don’t seem right here. Maybe it’s both the mayor and the council.
        As far as Pete’s opinion stories, he at least raises the questions that others are too afraid to ask.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Peter fact checked this issue once before and described the process for removing someone from office. It does not involve a citizen petition. Seems he forgot what he wrote previously. The man is old and incoherent.

  3. Jose Blow Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    They don’t have recall elections in Iowa. Sorry.

    • Guet Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Can’t let facts get in the way of Peter’s grand delusions.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    How hard can it be to recall the Mayor? First you have to get the Ligislature and Governor to change the law.

  5. b Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    well, where will the petition be for signing?

  6. amanda Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    where do i sign?
    i have begged max to run for mayor, but he won’t.
    drunkmeyer’s time is running out. (turncoat too)

    if you want to watch a drunk mayor go to the sidewinder, you can find hickup there too.

    come to think of it maybe instead of a timer they need a breathalyser at the meetings

  7. TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Peter, if you oust Bookmeyer what will you write about?? lol

  8. sijr Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    You might look this up. I don’t think a mayor or councilman can be recalled by the public?

  9. 14 victory Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    U start that petition and I bet by weeks end you will have enough to oust him and at the same time start one MAX 4 MAYOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MC Res Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      LOL…Now, that would be interesting. Not sure if it would be good or bad…but interesting.

  10. Jim Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Peter, if you want to start a pitition, to get rid of bookmeyer, I am sure you could get enough people to sign it, so you should take your mouth out of gear and fire up your pen.Jim

    • Carla Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Is it necessary to be that rude, Jim?

    • MC Res Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Jim, I don’t think you are rude…Peter just needs to put his money where his mouth is. If Peter thinks he can garner enough signatures to oust the mayor, then go for it.

      I personally don’t know the mayor or Peter, but I do get weary reading the non-stop slams against the mayor. If the mayor’s as bad as everyone thinks, then maybe it would be best for the city to bid him farewell. All I know, is that I would NEVER run for any office in this town. I don’t know if other communities are this bad, but this town is rough.