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Opinion: Fluff piece by John Skipper offers thinly-veiled jabs at Max Weaver

Today there are several entrées on the menu being offered up by John Skipper. Having eaten at his restaurant before I have a general idea of what I can expect if I decide to place an order.

There is a fluff piece outlining the two opposing candidates vying for the Third Ward seat. I know Weaver….I don’t know his opponent, Masson, but I know he’s persistent and often persistence pays off. Doesn’t necessarily make that candidate any smarter but having your name appear three times on a ballot ignites the subliminal factor which stores the name in your subconscious. When you see it often enough you have a tendency to think it might be alright… doesn’t mean it is. In truth, you are rolling the dice on someone you know little or nothing about. This community did that same thing with Eric Bookmeyer and look where it took us. I know it’s not a Mayoral position, but a vote, even one vote, can be life-changing. We saw that with Prestage. It should be a lesson learned.

Advertising on television is often sold in 26 segments; it’s been decided it will take that many impressions to implant it into your subconscious. Remember, you are not present every time it appears. Weaver is another story…. he’s “home cooking” with a doctrine based on the history of this city. He’s a “front line fighter” for this community he loves and has served as a covert operator in decimating what he believes will be harmful or too costly for the hoi-polioi living here.

He was a major figure in organizing the opposition to defeat Prestage from locating here. He held enclaves at the Public Library for like-minded individuals who looked to him for advice on how to save this city. It must have had credence, because when I open my windows I can’t smell pig shit.

Max wants development here without bodily waste, but with livable wages and health benefits. If he’s at that table there will be no secret meetings behind closed doors. You can take that to the bank… any bank.

Word was there are a few families here who felt the ice at the Fairgrounds wasn’t quite good enough for their children. They wanted more elegant locker rooms… you know, just like the ones you had growing up… real fancy with upholstered furniture.

In John’s regular Sunday column he states that government moves one step at a time – I can accept that. What he handed out today was on page 227 of Governmental Studies and Phrenology as it relates to Compulsive Deception, volume IX. This is standard issue for small town administrative councils. This mid-century collection consisting of 11 volumes has been out of print for nearly 60 years. I would like to know how John Skipper came to this particular issue. Almost every volume was bought up by Third World dictatorships.

I thought John’s offering today was inerrant and somewhat complacent leading up to the big votes in our community that lie just ahead. The critical part he forgot to include was the illegal closed door meetings the Dark Prince conducted while in office. Soon it will be over… the Fat Lady will have sung her song and the fate of a community will be locked in place for the next 4 years… May God help us all.

Peter Children
Mason City, Iowa


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