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Op-ed: Globe rushes to protect fair board (by Peter Children)

This news story was published on April 19, 2012.
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You can always count on reliability; today’s Globe Gazette proved that.  There on the front page is the pathetic response to a the Supervisors’ decision to sell fairground land.  The central focus of their article is the reason why a listing was signed with a former fair board member…Brian Carlson.

The reason given by Dennis Higgins smells like the latrine at the All Season’s Building…and they think you’ll buy this boatload of crap.  I contend because of this gentleman’s past association with the infamous fair board, should be consider toxic and therefore not allowed to do business with that body of rocket scientists.  Twenty four months off the board is meaningless.

The only equable approach is to offer an open invitation to all licensed brokers no matter who they work for or where they live within the continental  limits of the United States, to bring any and all offers to the courthouse for consideration.  This way there would be no “split” of the 5% commission.  The public isn’t stupid; there is a potential commission of some $35,000.00 involved; why should Exit Realty automatically get half regardless of who sells it?  Dennis thinks his explanation will suffice; what do you think? I think if he was selling aluminum siding he’d starve.

I further believe that if a sale is made and all monies derived should go into a trust to be governed by people who are not under suspicion of wrong doing, have not been sued for aleadged misconduct and have proven themselves totally incompetent in their day to day operations of that organization.  Under no circumstances should more than $20.00 go into any account where they have access. Of all the fairs that surround us; only this one loses money. Stop and think about that; only this fair cannot pay its bills, all others flourish….don’t you think there has to be a reason?

One of the biggest reasons is that there is no authoritative figure in charge, its run on a “first come” basis. The first one who get the money keeps it.  Think of this as a large shoe store; there is no boss, the clerks run the store and sell the shoes….and they ring up the money as well. When they need to buy more shoes there is no money to buy them with.

When the water bill comes to the North Iowa Fair, there is no money to pay it.  Why not, where is the money/ You ran bingo games, sold 15,000 thousand cans of beer, where is the money? You have auto racing….where is the money? You have the horse people, the hockey people, the car dealers, builders shows,  where is the money?

This is government property as the article in the Globe states; this means it and the revenue it generates belongs under the public purview.  I say this to the North Iowa Events Center; “Somebody is watching you?”  You will settle your lawsuit out of court because you cannot afford to go to court.  Not now, not ever…..

Peter Children


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10 Responses to Op-ed: Globe rushes to protect fair board (by Peter Children)

  1. Howie Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    The fair board needs to be disbanded, our board of supervisors need to get with it!!!

  2. Joe Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    All good points Peter!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    If the property is listed on the MLS, any member realtor can bring in an offer but they have to split the commission with the listing agent, Brian Carlson. Carlson’s agency will take a cut of Carlson’s piece of the commission.

  4. anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I did notice on the Glob article that there are no comments…….makes me wonder if they are blocking them.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      No, it looks like you can post comments. The comment tab is there. It’s just that no one has commented.

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Hmmmmmm…….Still no comments, I find that hard to believe. I’m sure the Glob is blocking them because there’s really nothing positive to say about the fair board, this sale and the realtor that has the listing. Probably has something to do with who’s buying advertising in their paper. They are not going to bite the hands that feed them.

      • Watcher Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        If the Glob blocks comments, the tab does not show up. I just don’t think anyone wants to voice on it.

      • 50 miles south Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        why dont you yourself make a bunch of comments on their site to find out. some good ones and some bad ones. then you will have an answer

  5. peter children Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The supervisors have disavowed any responsibility of the fair. Do I think there is complicity, could be but hard to prove. This lawsuit will be settled out of court, none of these people can afford to have their dealings laid bare in a open court.

  6. LVS Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Very good questions Peter. Do you think you will ever get any straight answers? I have wondered for years why all the smaller county’s around us have great fairs and shows and we do not. Why can’t they pay the bills? It has to be either mis-management or theft and seeing that we have gone through two managers (both were pushed out) it would seem that theft is the problem. You can try to blame the last manager but she wasn’t there long enough to have caused this. Therefore, it goes back to the fair board or their bosses, the supervisor’s. Wouldn’t you think the supervisor’s would have asked why unless they were involved??