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Op-ed: You cannot erase Bookmeyer’s sins simply by blindly supporting him, Mrs. Marquardt (by Peter Children)

Heidi Marquardt’s recent letter to the editor published in the Globe Gazette was intentional with forethought and malice aimed directly at her brother-in-law, NIT publisher Matt Marquardt.

What Mrs. Marquardt left out was the mayor’s frequent public drunkenness throughout this city.  The arrogant behavior he displayed in our stores and shops.  His reckless approach to allowing a dangerous trash burning plant to locate here without due diligence thereby putting the community at risk.  The list is long.

Bookmeyer pulled the rug out from under the downtrodden whom turned to the Human Rights agency as a means of protection against exploitation.  He was not responsible for the Park Inn project or the street beautification. Mrs. Marquardt would have to look long and hard to find one thing that could be considered positive that has Bookmeyer’s name attached to it.

She should know better, having been in Bookmeyer’s camp for years and being an integral part of his first campaign in 2009.

What this has turned into is all of Bookmeyer’s original cronies are protecting him now in order to protect themselves.  How could some one like Heidi Marquardt do any differently?  Not supporting Bookmeyer now would be seen in the community as an acknowledgment by her of all of the misdeeds and bad behavior Bookmeyer has suffered upon his citizens.  She thinks publicly supporting him washes it all away and restores his reputation.  I suppose in her own mind, it does.  The people of Mason City know differently, and now she is forever tied to this buffoon.

It will be a bumpy ride.

Peter Children


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