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Op-ed: Marquardt has right to question EDC (by Peter Children)

Op-ed by Peter Children –

Matt Marquardt brings substance to the table in his timely questioning of the EDC’s accomplishments under the Bookmeyer doctrine. Whereas at the same time, the flagship of our community and I might add, the entire nine county area known as NIAD – namely the Globe Gazette – has by design and with deliberate intent, run from this issue like it was a house on fire.

The mere audacity of this administration, and I am including the council in it’s entirety, to act so callously in shutting down the Human Rights agency, then blaming it on necessary austerity needs goes beyond the pale. Criticism  is a necessary ingredient in building the foundations of good government.  Only someone who favors full disclosure, someone like Marquardt who asks questions that are unwelcome in the hallways of the EDC and the executive offices of city hall.  This is what happens when a second voice is present in a community, questions that might not be asked often surface and come to the forefront.

We all have a right to know how our dollars are being spent, after all these are the same dollars once used by the HR department… a department which was audited by Bookmeyer without discovery of wrong doing. Will the the EDC be audited? We are privy to the results of this organization outwardly, we can see no one business of consequence, no one coming here to hire people, no new enterprise.  Some re-locating, some new additions…but new factories are going into the smaller communities surrounding us…I know, any business that locates in North Iowa is good for Mason City…I agree.  Then why do we need the EDC and Willett?

Matt Marquardt deserves answers….we all do.

Peter Children

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