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Op-ed: Eric dreams of TIF (by Peter Children)

Eric and his psychedelic induced council are secretly searching for ways to use TIF money to fund his wet dream of a double rink hockey center without taking it to the public.  Watch out, there is no accountability present here, they are all on a hallucinogenic journey  following their own Jim Jones to the Kool-Aid stand.

Our people have placed a mole inside who has seen the light and no longer wants to throw themselves onto the sword of incompetence.  At present we dare not reveal their identity for fear of being shunned from the rest of the group and thereby becoming ineffective.

Over the course of time the natural landscape of a town changes.  People come and go, businesses also fall into that category; the new Park Inn Hotel fits that description nicely. Their doors are open to the public, people come and go, they mostly look and leave, some spend a few dollars but no serious money will ever be spent there on a regular basis, never enough to actually cash flow the place.  There is nothing wrong with that; that place is a treasure to this city, it brings a lot of people to Mason City that otherwise wouldn’t come.  Lets all hope it continues to keep it’s doors open.

I guess it’s now well known that the Quarry restaurant has bought the former Frank’s location.  They are now in the process of minor remodeling, cutting a hole in the wall allowing free access from one building to another.  The general contention this is being done to increase the capacity  for the evening dining crowd.  They are known for good food and this move will have an effect on some existing dining establishments.

The food business is highly competitive and the public is at the same time, highly perceptive as to every nuance that makes up their decision of where to spend their dollars.  Without naming names I will predict that this expansion by the Quarry will ring the death knoll for a once popular supper club that is not in the downtown area.  It should serve as a lesson to all food operators that you cannot make a living serving early bird dinners.

Change is the natural order of things; as life continually moves forward, not everything moves with it. People are born and people die, businesses open and close. Live your life now because once the rose has bloomed it forever dies…..

Peter Children

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