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Eric Bookmeyer should take his medicine once and for all

This news story was published on November 30, 2014.
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Eric Bookmeyer creams another Depends Undergarment after a few too many snow cones.

Eric Bookmeyer creams another Depends Undergarment after a few too many snow cones.

Eric Bookmeyer has had a bad case of diarrhea for over 5 years. We’re not talking about the utter sewage that bloviates from the piehole under his nose, either.

No, Mr. Bookmeyer suffers from an on-going case of diarrhea of the soul so badly that the Depends Undergarments company should offer him a seat on its board with a stock option. You see, every time Mr. Bookmeyer bites off a chunk of the Human Rights agency, digests it and sends it hurtling down his Hershey Highway, past the sores, hemorrhoids and chunks of coal he is trying to turn into diamonds, he soils our community and prolongs the needless soap opera he has created by taking orders from his masters at 9 North Federal Avenue.

Yes, Mr. Bookmeyer is a spoiled, misguided young man with grand aspirations of kissing the right ass and turning his mayor gig into a money-paying job someday. Word is, that’s not working out so good for him thus far. He is still a jobless, aimless, self-aggrandized bully who drives around town in his silver SUV munching pastries and looking to score points with the moneyed-folk by making a deal.  His lifestyle has given him a bad case of indigestion.

As part of his Eric-centered routine, since before he became mayor over five years ago, Mr. Bookmeyer has doggedly pursued the eradication of the Human Rights agency. And as he has pursued this endeavor, he has created an affliction upon himself that he just can’t shake. Everyone knows his ultimate plan, but he lies and won’t come clean. Instead, he employs trickery and dirty politics, nipping away at the issue in the hopes it goes away quietly.  Mr. Bookmeyer lacks the intestinal fortitude to get well and put his disease behind him.

The latest move by Mr. Bookmeyer and the city council is to further diminish the Human Rights Commission. No, not by stripping its duties, taking its funding and crony-izing the board; they have already done all that. Now, on Tuesday evening, they will edit Title 2, Chapter 10 of the Mason City code and change the required number of Human Rights commissioners from 9 members to 5. Probably in 2 years, they will edit this code again and make the commission 3 members, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see funding to the agency slashed every year, and on and on we go.

It seems the agency will remain a stain on Mr. Bookmeyer’s trousers for years to come; more Depends Undergarments filled with Mr. Bookmeyer’s diarrhea as he soils himself over and over again as time passes.

pepto-bookeeIt’s time for Mr. Bookmeyer and his city council to swallow the pepto and cleanse this town of his sickness regarding the on-going ailment in city hall connected to the Human Rights spectacle.

Mr. Bookmeyer, toss aside your diapers and end the game.

Simply direct your city council to DELETE Title 2, Chapter 10 of the Mason City code. Put it on the agenda and tell them how to vote; that’s how things work in this town, it’s that easy. Game over, move on, you would be cured. The Human Rights agency would vanish just like that.  You would be glad if you did it, Mr. Bookmeyer.

Problem is, gutless individuals do not make bold moves, so Mr. Bookmeyer will always need a crate of wet wipes on this deal.  Tune in at 7:00 PM CST Tuesday night for the next episode of “As the Depends Undergarment Fills”.

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93 Responses to Eric Bookmeyer should take his medicine once and for all

  1. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Al, glad to hear you’re alive and kicking.

  2. al duitman Reply Report comment

    December 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    GRIZZ…I suspect you’re too young to remember Main Street. Nor are you aware that the building owners,etc. were told nearly 5 years in advance to not bother maintaining their buildings as the mall was coming. So to put the demise of main street on the owners is dead wrong.

  3. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    @LVS Not trying to pick a fight here, I’m just curious who you consider an elite. I know many people who started out with nothing but worked hard and saved and are now “rich”. Are they elite? I don’t think they would consider themselves so. What is your criteria?

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

      @Griz-I consider the people like Drunkmeyer and Turncoat as elite’s. Hickey and the rest are wannabe’s (which are probably more dangerous). Not everyone who belongs to the country club are snobs but certainly Robin and that bunch think they are better than everyone else. My opinion of course.

  4. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    @LVS The Mall has not panned out to be the panacea its promoters promised us. They recognized the past was doomed and tried to move on to the future. Were they wrong? In the end, probably. But I think the alternative would have been worse. You don’t like the types of businesses that have taken over downtown, neither do I. But you seem to reject policies that could turn that around. Young families today look for amenities that I find curious, but that’s what it takes to attract them. Grow or…

  5. anon Reply Report comment

    December 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

    nend a history lesson? whatever.
    Your sure fire plan got you bitchin! That’s funny!

  6. anon Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry again but this isnt wishing for the past. AGAIN towns all over America have gotten it together from their past eye sores period.No water under
    Travel around see for yourself, that sweet place you like to go what does it have? No big secret. Because of the MALL we have no options for a thriving center city with much ever.

    Now if someone could visualize the remaining couple of blocks maaaybe. The leaders can’t see beyond themselves and don’t care unless you have something for them. $

  7. me Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Recently head from a business inside Southbridge Mall that the landlords are demanding renters to pay for new rooftop heating and cooling units with price tags near $20,000. and up. This was reported to city hall, but no response has never been given. Mayor and pals only respond to questions and requests from folks connected direct to them.

  8. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I share your nostalgia for the downtown lost. We lost a lot of mom and pop places that were never replaced. My point was it’s water over the dam, move on. Retailing has changed since then. Raizes, my store to go to when I was young would have hung on for a while but would still be gone today.
    The Strand theater was third on everyone’s list. Times change for better or worse but wishing for the past won’t make things better today.

    • LeftMC Reply Report comment

      December 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Exactly, wishing for the past doesn’t help anything. That’s gone. The problem is that MC has no incentive to keep young people there. So what’s left? The old curmudgeons who only wish for the past, or the uneducated. And the uneducated aren’t voting.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

      @Griz-Don’t you think those old businesses would have been replaced by new ones given the opportunity. All I know is that a retail business will not locate where there is limited access and the whole downtown is set up that way. With the one way streets and Federal being cut off access is certainly restricted. Other than a few businesses that I never see anyone in, the rest are offices or pawn shops. If one of the anchor stores close the mall will fold, and then what? Malls are obsolete.

  9. anon Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    If you remember those bldgs then you certainly know how fun our main street was. Stores open Mon and Thursday nights and plenty to choose from for our size. EVERYBODY went uptown! Our decline definitely started there. With a self centered mayor on our hands things will never change.

    Now go on you get over it.

  10. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    @LVS Whats with all the bile and vitriol in your recent posts? You used to be up to debate but now seem to dismiss any who disagree as just stupid and ignorant. But to the gist of things. When did public libraries become a notion of the elite? The last I knew they were created to enhance the lives of the masses. Andrew Carnegie anyone? Restaurants, historic hotels, Meredith Willson museum, all privately owned and operated, I don’t really see how they affect your taxes or influence your life.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

      @Griz-I am still willing to debate, but some people seem to think they need to attack me on every post. As to all of the places you have named, I have lived here for a long, long time and other than the library have never been to any of the places you have named. I am willing to bet that 99.9% of the people in town have never been there either. Yet, the elite’s in town somehow think the money I pay to maintain our city should go something only 0.1% of the people use.

  11. anon Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Nope sorry if you have traveled cities in the country they turn the likes into art galleries,restaurants,etc., and not destroy a beautiful main street. If logical thinking had been available 30 yrs ago they would have changed the buildings to keep with the times or simply replaced with another not a MALL!

    It all started with the mall cheating us out of our sweet main street with things to do and shop. Like any fun town or city around, none have a mall in the center of town.

  12. Grizz Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    @anon, The mall has been here for 30 years. Get over it. Do you remember those rundown decrepit buildings with all the dive bars it replaced? Has the mall panned out as planned? Maybe not but a lot better than the alternative.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      @Griz-Guess what. The mall didn’t replace the old buildings. They are still there under the mall. If you go in the basement you can still see the old Federal Ave. with some of the old store front. Yes, there were some old bars, mostly on the South side of the bridge, but there were other stores like Raizes Dept Store and the Coast to Coast Hardware store and the malt shop and pizza parlor as well as and movie theaters. Most of all there was people, lots of people.

  13. TooBad Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    YES WHERE’S MAX WEAVER?!!!!!!!!!
    He would get this town rolling in the right direction! And he would leave NO ONE OUT! Even his haters. Even you Bookmeyer! HRC would be intact with jobs for someone again. And it wouldn’t hurt any one of us. There would be cool things to do. He would invent jobs I swear. And it would work!
    He is already light years ahead of ya’ll with his Garden Park. New York, LA, Portland, Miami have that sort of thing all over the place. Hip cool and up to date!

  14. anon Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 2:09 am


  15. anon Reply Report comment

    December 3, 2014 at 2:08 am

    All of those things were here before him. I recall Max being big on this stance.
    WHO puts a MALL in the middle of MAIN street? And keeps it there!
    If you’ve been anywhere in America you would see thats a big no no. An open main street helps everything.
    IF you’ve ever been anywhere LOOK! What do they have? Real simple.
    Finally get a hip mayor and council that like people other then their types. Open minded for all!

    Jeeeezus people gotta get rid of this boring ass bully! Shoulda…

  16. Nichole Bench Reply Report comment

    December 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    We have very good museums, a wonderful library, a historic hotel, theater and great restaurants. It is the culture that keeps a community thriving and gives the young and educated a reason to move to Mason City. If you look at all the towns/cities that are revitalizing, culture is paramount. Detroit did everything possible to keep is museum and fought a hard battle to dome out of the doldrums but culture and civility is winning out.

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      December 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Competition led 2 defeat, led 2 ridicule, led 2 ostracism, led 2 rebellion, led 2 incarceration, led to hatred, led 2 war, led 2 family history, led to classism, led 2 stereotyping, led to injustice, led to crime, leads to a people and culture which are struggling to identify themselved. The origin is EGO.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

      @Nochole-do you really think the average person in Mason City cares one bit about that elitist stuff? They only care that our streets are clean and that the lights go on and the taxes stay low. Those are elitist toys paid for by people who don’t want it.

      • Nichole Bench Reply Report comment

        December 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        They should care about all the cultural advantages which improves life and is for the enjoyment of all. There is nothing elistist about visiting a museum or a library or a great restaurant. The visits are learning experiences and improve the quality of life. An hour at the museum or library and a cup of coffee is a great break in the humdrum of life.

  17. Wow Reply Report comment

    December 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    All I see is more of the same on here.

    What do you suggest we do here to grow Mason City? Be specific?

    How do we keep the kids leaving in droves that are going to Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Kansas City?

    I would love to hear some thoughts other than attacks!

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      December 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      The decision to cripple Mason City was made decades ago when the High School and later NIACC were kicked out of the downtown. The brainless wonders who ran this town back then seemed to think that a vibrant downtown full of young people shopping, studying, sitting in coffee shops and cafes was a terrible thing, so they sent them packing out west. That’s where the crux of the problem started. MC never grew after that.

      I would say if you want this town to grow, pursue a meat packing plant or something along those lines. The town needs (lots of) jobs that pay more than $8-$10 an hour. Then houses would be built, the realtors would make money, the banks, taxes would be paid, the stores would be full of shoppers, the schools would grow again. It’s not the most attractive solution but reality is what it is. Once you get that, keep going for more industry that can pay decent wages. No more taxpayer help for retail. Focus on fixing up the neighborhoods, get Beje under control.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

      @WoW-Good paying jobs for the working people. The city used to have a lot of decent jobs for Blue Collar workers. From the packing house, two cement plants, brick yards and much more. The city started going down when Deckers shut down and the cement plants started reducing labor. It wasn’t just the plants but included all of the satalight businesses that depended on them. Places like stores, suppliers, cafe’s and even bars had to pay more to get help and of course construction. We need jobs.

      • Wow Reply Report comment

        December 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        Now, I think packing plant is a idea worth consideration. I know in Tama they just brought in a plant that is going to hire 1,100 people in a location of 5,000. Marshalltown JBS/Swift I have heard has over 2,000 employees and can have a 100 openings at any time.

        The job itself is one that people don’t necessarily like doing, so I know for example in Marshalltown a lot of diversity hiring has been crucial to make these plants sufficient in keeping levels of employees.

        • Wow Reply Report comment

          December 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

          The question is, do you think that Mason City is ready for the type of cultural diversity it would take to bring on a large scale packing plant?

          My thought on an industry – why couldn’t an investor buy out Holcim? Is it too far gone since its been mothballed in 2009 to have a regional ownership of the plant? Could it just become a resource for quarry rights only?

          The old AMPI Building – With craft beers at an all time high, could we do something there? Brewery?

          • LVS

            December 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

            @WoW-the way I understand it is it would cost millions of dollars to try to start up Holcim again. Electric motors do not like to sit idle. They develop flat spots. The kilns also are in bad shape. I think someone made a offer to buy one of the pits at one time to build a housing area around it. The reason the shut down was because labor had become to high.

  18. Dr. Fraiser Crane Reply Report comment

    December 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    LVS and Phil seem to have an ongoing father and son pissin contest for the excitement of NIT readers. What an amazing ego driven comedy, better than cable TV, thanks guys.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      December 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      @Dr.Believe me if he was my kid I would have pinched his head off long ago. I consider him and people like him to be the problem with this country of ours. They take and take and never give anything back. He is a freeloading sponge who contributed nothing to society.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      December 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Would be better if they played nice and quit wishing out loud the other was dead. I mean really, you can’t go any lower than that, so you might as well come up a few levels, fellas.

  19. anon Reply Report comment

    December 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    First off he is actually a middle aged guy.

    No young cool people would want any of what he thinks makes a city happening. He wanted no old people anymore on any committee or city jobs.

    But he keeps the city so stuffy with the older conservative noses that who wants to be here? HRC and him are a contradiction of who he caters to.

    He is an irk & a half. Utterly boring actually. I am pretty conservative and can’t see the appeal of he and the creepy council at all

    Will all come…

  20. FUBAR Reply Report comment

    December 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Man that picture of boozemeyer with the pepto bismo sure looks like curly of the 3 stooges. Curly Howard must be his dad. They even act like each other. What a stooge we elected for mayor.

  21. Philosophus Reply Report comment

    December 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Well I was reading through Left MCs exchange with LVS, and I have to agree with LMC. The problem with LVS is that he’s way too negative. He’s also rigidly fixated to his beliefs, and nothing is going to change them (other than action and proof). I know, because as I was building the tire house, LVS was actually curious and was cheering me on silently. LVS doesn’t understand that with negative numbers you will always get a negative number. It was unfortunate I couldn’t finish it

    • Philosophus Reply Report comment

      December 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      And I don’t know the future. I may return to Iowa sometime down the road and resume my construction. Save for butting heads with my family, and the loud exhaust, Iowa really didn’t bother me all that much. And contrary to what people may believe, I really am not a regular user of marijuana. But I did like that Colorado legalized it. If I can find a cheap piece of land, I’ll try again to build Iowa’s first Earthship. For now, I’m in the desert for the winter.

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

        Ok, then stay away. No one will miss you, especially on this site. Isn’t there somewhere or some news site you can rant on there and give us a break for awhile? And longer than just a day or two? A vacation from you would be a great Christmas gift to many of us.

        • Philosophus Reply Report comment

          December 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

          My time on this site is proportional to my idleness. When I’m busy, I don’t have time to use NIT. It’s compulsive at this point (which im sure Matt enjoys hearing!). Let’s face it, NIT is like a crack rock a junkie keeps coming back to. I don’t intend that in any disrespectful way to Matt, but c’mon…it’s fun and easy to write out your thoughts and opinions. I love words. One thing I learned as a homeless person is that words are FREE. Get a good dictionary and RUN WITH IT.

          • Anonymous

            December 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

            At least you can admit that you “use” NIT. That says a lot. You don’t share. You don’t discuss. You choose to use. You don’t love words. You love talking. It is a lot like people with loud tailpipes. They don’t love motorcycles. They crave attention, recognition, and inclusion.

          • NIT Publisher

            December 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

            NIT is designed to be a site that thousands of people would visit multiple times a day and pay to read and advertise upon. That’s always been the goal. I want a vibrant online community with lots of comments. Everyone is welcome here.

          • Anonymous

            December 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

            As long as they agree with your opinion.

          • Philosophus

            December 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

            yes. Matt just described accurately what North Iowa today should and could be. Those who want censorship don’t understand the concept of this in the slightest. It’s not about taking away someone’s voice it’s about adding more. Get that through your thick skulls. And yes I wish Matt would allow even the haters and those he disagrees with to have their say. Only spam and absolute gibberish nonsense should be removed.

          • LVS

            December 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

            @Philospus-If gibberish should be removed it would remove all of your comments.

          • Philosophus

            December 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

            You should know dad, you’re the one who made me.

  22. anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I cannot see one good thing that Eric Bookmeyer has done for Mason City. Not one.

    • rahmbo Reply Report comment

      December 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Mason City is one out of hundreds of slowly dying small towns/small cities in the u.s. for a whole variety of reasons–summed up by the term “race to the bottom”, caused by free trade, stagnant wages, tax policies, etc., etc.

      The current crop of “leaders” here are just figuring out the best way to pick the bones of the carcass so that it benefits them the most. But the overall problems are national, not local.

      Next up–the bones of Mason City will be boiled down for glue.

  23. South of the loop Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Nothing, and I mean nothing is more refreshing than everyone’s friend….the truth. It’s early in the game, this mayor could f- k’ up a one car Parade. He has run amuck every since he took office here. It’s only a matter of time until he crosses the line; well he’s already crossed the line but up to now no one has done anything.

    It’ll happen, just be patient.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      @south-Boozemeyer is doing his very best to destroy what is left of our city before we throw him out. The downtown is a joke and you can’t hardly even go down there at night. The city is falling apart and our taxes are going for his pet projects so he can buy off his fair weather friends. They will turn on him in a heartbeat if they can get something out of it.

      • LeftMC Reply Report comment

        November 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

        The downtown still needs work, but it’s better than it ever has been. There is a semblance of an entertainment district, tourist attractions, and art. These are the types of things that are important to people who are looking at a city to relocate, and businesses looking for places to set up shop. No business is going to come to town if there isn’t a culture and activities in the town to bring in a quality workforce.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          December 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

          You are full of crap. You don’t live here so your opinion doesn’t count. Stay gone. You and people like you are not missed.

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

            I just love how your only rebuttal to my comments is to personally attack. I’m not full of crap, I’m 100% correct. Before we moved away from MC I would drive by the Park Inn parking every day. And every day there would be cars there from all over the country. These were the cars of tourists, real tourists, not just small town north Iowans coming to shop and eat chain food. Tourists are something that had not been seen in Mason City in decades.

          • NIT Publisher

            December 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

            In all fairness, a lot of days, those parking spots are empty. Sometimes, completely empty. Some days, yes, you will find cars from out of state, and in the warm months, a lot of the parking spots are full some nights. I’ve found that in the colder months, way fewer out of state cars and lots of empty spots. I don’t know what the HPI’s numbers are, but I would bet that since it opened, it has maybe been half full, on average. That’s 14 rooms or less occupied out of 27. That’s in line with the city’s overall hotel occupancy rate which I believe, is somewhere around 55%. Just eeking out a profit or taking a loss. Not sure the HPI is making it.

          • LVS

            December 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

            There you have it. Full of crap is correct. You don’t live here anymore and don’t have to look at the bar fights downtown, or the low life’s in Dollar General at night. Or, the squalor in what used to be a decent residential district in the city core. Don’t comment on things you know nothing about.

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

            HPI certainly isn’t a cash cow and not the sole answer, but it was the best thing that could have happened to downtown MC. It’s a start at something, now we have a brewery downtown as well. What needs to happen in MC is to continue to invest in the culture and business will follow. Businesses don’t come where there isn’t a culture and things for people to do. They just don’t.

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

            And to the lovely LVS, how about you take some of your own advice and stop commenting on things you don’t know about, which from my seat is just about everything. You offer no solutions to the problems you see in MC. You can only hate on those who are trying to do more for the city which I assume has been your home for a lengthy period of time. I agree completely that there are problems, but I can also recognize attempts and progress towards the better.

          • LVS

            December 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

            @left-Bull crap-Business doesn’t come here because of our local government and the chamber of commerce. You need to wake up and see the other side of the tracks. It is pretty obvious you are one of the country club set even if you don’t live here anymore (and we are glad). All of the towns around Mason City have lot of businesses and draw from Mason City’s labor poole. What does that tell you. You are so smart you are stupid. You know nothing about this town so shut up and stay away.

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            I lived in MC for 20 years, half of my life. I know plenty about MC, and I know plenty about what draws businesses to towns, and in turn people to those towns, it’s culture and amenities. It’s the “country club set” that you should want coming to MC. Young, educated, professional people, that who you should want. The only thing that MC is drawing right now are low lifes and people looking for minimum wage jobs. But you keep hating on the educated professionals who are investing in MC.

          • LVS

            December 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

            @Left-I don’t hate anyone who invest in the city but I do hate those that are just here to rip it off for their own gain. And, you are completely wrong as usual. It is the blue collar people who make this town. When the factory’s went away so did the town. The big wheels wanted it that way so they didn’t have to pay higher wages and they want it that way now because of retail. If they had decent jobs they would have to pay more for retail. By the way, I have lived here for 70 years.

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

            Sure, but the blue collar people aren’t going to be the ones who rebuild it, especially if they hate any kind of progress like you. I agree that the success of a business starts from the ground up, but it’s the business owners who are going to decide to locate a business there. Also, it doesn’t have to be just manufacturing, why not bring in another professional employer like Principal? Educated people wouldn’t leave for bigger cities if there were more places like that.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

            @Left-Principle is slave labor. I know a lot of people who work there and they hate it. The employees are treated like crap. It is obvious you know nothing about the real world and live in your own bubble. If you had ever created jobs instead of just shooting off your mouth you would know better. I have no problem with them putting statues and other things downtown as long as the do not use taxpayer money to do it. Taxes should be used to maintain the city. Never for special interest.

          • Matt Marquardt

            December 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

            I’ve heard this from lots of people. The building and company looks like it has no soul. A job there would be like sitting in a jail cell.

          • Just My Opinion

            December 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

            Wow, where to start…

            LVS, I retired from Principal after 30 years there. I did not hate my job. I was not treated like crap. And I have a very comfortable retirement (with a pension) because of Principal. You get out of your job exactly what you put into it. I appreciated working for an excellent company.

            I believe your problem is that you hang around with negative people such as yourself who never have anything good to say about anything.

            LeftMC is right on the money.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

            Well Mary, I am glad you liked it but your opinion doesn’t mean much to me. You see pot makes you paranoid and slows down you mental ability. I am telling you tat the people I know didn’t like it there.

          • Just My Opinion

            December 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

            Well, Larry, if you’re going to start divulging people’s identities on here I guess I’ll have to do the same.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

            Hey-It wasn’t me. It was your old buddy Philospus who put it out.

          • rahmbo

            December 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm


            “Bull crap-Business doesn’t come here because of our local government and the chamber of commerce.”

            Bull crap–business absolutely comes here because of the tax money and subsidies that local government and the chamber of commerce are willing to give them.

            If you haven’t been paying attention lately, that’s what the elite term “public-private partnerships”, and what the 99% just call graft and corruption.

          • LeftMC

            December 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

            Superb logic in here by LVS and the NIT editor. Someone doesn’t like their job at Principal so we don’t want any more white collar businesses in town! Bring in a meat packing plant paying min wage or slightly above! And I’m sure that meat packing plant and the building that contains it will be extremely soulful. Great idea there Matt, and way to be supportive of a business in town that does a ton for the community. No wonder you lost.

      • LeftMC Reply Report comment

        December 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

        Oh, and I agree with you LVS that the reputation of our city council dissuades businesses from looking at MC. If we continue to invest in the culture and amenities of the city, hopefully they will overlook that.

        • John Reply Report comment

          December 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

          And why was it again that you left this great city if you you think it is so great?

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            More opportunity, more amenities, more culture. The things that MC needs to draw young professionals or keep them there. One of the main problems with MC is there are too many naysayers there like LVS who don’t want to invest in the schools or city, because that might mean an increase in their taxes. He remembers the “good old days” of MC but unfortunately those are long gone. Trying hard to keep MC “good and old” is only hurting it. MC needs to adapt and grow. The HPI was a great…

          • LeftMC

            December 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

            The HPI was a great start. I’d love nothing more than to see MC flourish and succeed. I lived all of my adult life there and would visit almost weekly as a kid. MC was the “big town” for me, and it is for many others around it. My son still lives there, I have a bunch of family in MC. I’m very much interested in its success. And while the renovation of the HPI and downtown, the new entertainment scene etc are all a great start, they were too little, too late for us.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

            @Left-and how are you going to feel when it goes under. Without public funding it will fail and fail in a short time. we go by there all the time and most of the time no one is there. The bar is almost always empty. The newness has worn off and once the have seen it there is no reason to come back. You want to bring life back to the city/ Tear down the mall and open up the town to business again.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

            @Left-Of course if they build that new hotel it will be the final nail in the coffin of the old whorehouse. It is less than half full now and will be totally empty if the build the un-needed hotel. Of course they will put other hotels under at the same time. They don’t care about that because their buddy’s will make a lot of money constructing the place. It doesn’t matter that they will be part time jobs paying minimum wages. You are a fool.

      • rahmbo Reply Report comment

        December 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        Scared of going to downtown Mason City at night? Lol

        Good lord, I guess you’ve bought whole hog into big government’s “be very scared” mindset.

        Get them good and fearful. Works like a charm in every security state.

        btw–crime in mason city is below 2000 levels, and u.s. crime in general has been dropping for decades.

        I know that doesn’t fit your assumptions, but you and big government create your own realities.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          December 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

          @rahmbo-I don’t know where you are getting your data but it sure doesn’t jive with everyone else’s. The thefts and drugs crimes are way up as are the assaults. By the way, I am a conservative. We don’t believe in big government, but different than liberals we also believe in telling the truth. Try it, you might like it.

          • Anonymous

            December 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

            You don’t believe in big government unless it’s handing you a social security check or making good on medicare/medicade. Give us a break you hypocrite.

          • rahmbo

            December 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

            FBI Uniform Crime Stats is where my data comes from, and data trumps anecdotes every day.

            google it.

            If you are really convinced that crime is not down substantially nationwide since 1980 or so, and not down in Mason City since the 90s, I suspect you are getting your “facts” from opinion pieces, not from data.

            You’re a conservative, lol, you love the security state and every dollar spent on toys for the cops. You love big govt as much as liberals, just spend the $ differently.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

            @Anonymous-Up your dumb a##. I paid into social security for over 50 years and will never get back what I paid in.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm

            @Rahmbo-You sure live in a different world than I do and obviously you don’t understand what you see. Crime is NOT down in Mason City overall. Some f it is but others are up. As far as my government money, give back what I paid in and I will be more than happy. The one thing I am really pleased about is by the time people like you get old enough to draw it we will have spent it. You and people like you have ruined this country and now you can live with it.

          • rahmbo

            December 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm


            Can’t believe you said:

            “the low life’s in Dollar General at night.”

            What an elitist you are. Sounds like something Broomeyer and his country club pals would say.

            You and Eric shop at Nordstroms?

          • Anonymous

            December 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

            LVS – we are all in the same boat. So up yours as well.

          • LVS

            December 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm

            @Rahmbo-It must have been you I saw there the other night then. I am sure I saw a welfare sucking, government subsidized jerk stealing fro Dollar General and it had to be you.

          • LeftMC

            December 3, 2014 at 7:21 am

            By “everyone elses” LVS means the rest of the old folks in the nursing home who sit around with him and speculate, make assumptions, and pine for the “good old days”.

          • LVS

            December 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

            @Left-we used to have a pretty good country where you could trust people. We never locked our doors or our cars. Kids could play outside until dark and no one ever worried about if they were safe or not. People could afford to buy homes and take vacations. A mans word was always good and if you told someone something you stuck buy it. No one took welfare and if you had to go on unemployment you didn’t tell a soul because you were ashamed. Then people like you came along and it all went to hell.

          • Anonymous

            December 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

            The 1950’s are gone.

          • LVS

            December 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

            @Anonymous-They don’t have to be gone. All we have to do is get rid of the people causing this.

          • Anonymous

            December 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

            Good luck getting rid of the fear mongering politicians who enable, allow, encourage, endorse, and vote to fund this behavior. Entitlement is a lifestyle in this day and age. Thanks for paying your taxes and social security though.

          • Philosophus

            December 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

            LVS you are no Heinrich Himmler. You talk as a Nazi would. Getting rid of people? How do you propose to do that? Kill them? Just stop with all your b.s. LVS and grow the hell up. It’s not as bad as you make it out. No where near.

          • LVS

            December 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

            @Anonymous-You are correct in your statements. It runs so deep it would be almost impossible to correct. It is a terrible world we are leaving to our kids with little hope. I heard yesterday our debt is now over 17 trillion dollars. How will the country ever get out of that kind of debt? Yet, they continue to spend and waste money we don’t have. Term limits would be a good start, but they will never vote to put themselves out of office.

  24. FUBAR Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    He sure looks like one of the 3 stooges. Just maybe you have Skipper, turncoat and boozemeyer as mason Citys version of the 3 stooges.

  25. LVS Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    WoW-True, but WoW.