In Sunday’s Globe Gazette, John Skipper lauded his friend Brent Trout, it’s as it should be. My personal feeling for Brent Trout vacillated back and forth….I saw him locked into an impossible situation. The hardest part of his position was brought forth by Bookmeyer, a.k.a. The Dark Prince.
The political spectrum of our city has a weak Mayoral and a City Administrator form of government. Their duties are plainly stated, however, I think The Dark Prince bullied Trout in order create an atmosphere more conducive to his own advantage….and I think Trout’s surrender to these incidents were done as a way to avoid a confrontational atmosphere in City Hall.
Then there were wisps of conversation that indicated The Dark Prince wanted Trout’s job. With The Dark Prince in that slot it would be tantamount to having hurricane Harvey here on a permeant basis. It would be a curse, a pox on our city. Unthinkable cannot describe it. After serving two terms in that position he has nothing to point to that would serve as a landmark moment….on the contrary….even going out he has conjured up a hotel which this city doesn’t need and a ice rink that has the capacity to injury this city financially for decades to come. He was instrumental in selling Southbridge Mall to a man who allegedly has or had three arrests warrants out against him for non payment of labor.
We already have an ice rink at the Fair Grounds; if $500,000.00 were spent there it would make a wonderful transformation. If we followed The Dark Prince downtown it is said to cost between $18,000,000 and $36,000,000. What you are witnessing is a man suffering from egoism….a desperate last grab to create what in his mind would serve as a legacy. He wrote his own legacy page by page. One of which described what became a common occurrence when had to be carried out of taverns because he could no longer stand or walk.
The fact that The Dark Prince suffered from what outwardly gave substantial evidence of alcoholism became secondary. The primary issue was the galling fact that he had no regard for the office he held in this city. Another page had to contain the story of when he accompanied a council person and drove around this city to visit the advertisers of North Iowa Today to ask them to cancel their advertisements. By doing that he felt by choking off the revenue needed to operate….would result in closing down the publication he hated so much… the very one you are reading right now. If I am right I think what he had done was prosecutable. What we had here was a Mayor and a council person trying to destroy a viable business by closing off their cash flow. If one didn’t know better we could find similarities of that when compared to Trump’s attempt to shut down the Russian investigation by firing Comey the Director of the F.B.I. Didn’t work for The Dark Prince and didn’t work for Trump.
There are many more pages….part of which might be scheduled for a book. I urge you all to vote no on the Renaissance project; I urge you to vote for Max Weaver…. and I urge you to pray for all the people in Texas whose lives will never be the same.
Mason City, Iowa
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