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Opinion: CAFO’s, hotels, aluminum siding and votes

This news story was published on April 2, 2018.
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I read John Skipper’s Sunday column this morning….I could easily relate to it after all I have lived here my entire life and stood witness to both the good and the not so good here amongst the amber waves of corn and beans along with hefty waves of nausea coming from rapidly encroaching CAFO’s which will eventually decimate not only your health but your property value as it relates to the desirability of your home once you had your fill of sealing all of your windows shut to escape the unmistakable stench that 5,000 hogs brings with them.

We who live within the boundaries of Mason City have our own form of CAFO’s that threaten our property values in the form of higher property taxes due to extreme incompetence as it relates to municipal development. Look at the train wreck that is one of the greatest debacles I can recall. A hotel that hasn’t a chance in hell of cash flowing. We are not short on hotel rooms, on the contrary… I personally called the main players in the rent a room game… none of them suffer from turning away customers.

Eric Bookmeyer and the original council he dominated when he concocted this nightmare were totally clueless. Have them produce the studies that they had done… Oh, I forgot… there were no studies done. Who then of those who sided with Mr. Budweiser had a working knowledge or experience in this field of endeavor… again not one person. This was tantamount to a felony… malfeasance, fraud and lying to the public.
This entire collection of malcontents acted with lightening speed in selling the mall for less than .10 cents on the dollar to an entity with active warrants to arrest him on sight. How nice!

The “Gateway Guy” convinced me the minute I saw him at the podium that he sells Aluminum Siding 3 days a week. How else would you rationalize giving him a check for $150,000.00 without cracking open the parking lot? He’s a real superstar at all the con-men conventions across the country. Word of late has come to me that this superstar also submitted a invoice for an additional $110,000.00. My source went on to tell me our current recycled mayor… Mr. Slick… took the $110K invoice to our acting City Administrator and demanded he pay it. “Thank God” he refuse to cut the check. This gigantic cluster “F” continues to fester uncontrolled. Oh… I forgot… the woman at The Music Man Square who is in charge of tour busses wants to assume control of the entire project. Why not…..can’t get any worse than it already is.

This is a prime example of what occurs when the hoi polloi votes.

And now there are nefarious groups that are moving against Amanda Ragan; they are telling lies about her, trust me we have a pair of winners with Amanda and Sharon, both are straight shooters with only your interests in mind. Do not change your vote, put both of these women back in office.

Peter Children
Mason City

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10 Responses to Opinion: CAFO’s, hotels, aluminum siding and votes

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    So now J.W.Sayles has expounded on the same vein as I. He’s my favorite writer and has a command of of our vocabulary that is unparreled.

    To explain his thoughts tells us that silence is deadly…the council has gone mute, they know it’s a bad deal but no one wants to stand up and vacate what should never have been. Now .look up the word malfeasance! It’s applical to everyone who has perpetrated this con game….

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      Reggie(Red) Reply Report comment

      April 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      This sounds like Peter C. but PC ALWAYS puts his name on his opinions. Must be another of the many Anonymous posters.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 3, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Well, if the past is any indicator of this gentleman and his endorsements, I’d say Sharon and Amanda can get the U-Hauls lined up now.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

    You people making true statements will not be allowed have your comments shown. Nice article Pete – but no seems to want the truth heard anymore – fairyland sounds better.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 3, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I agree with most of your opinion other that the two old politicians that have been around way to long. Vote them out and get someone with news ideas.

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    Reggie(Red) Reply Report comment

    April 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I agree about CAFO’s. They need to be regulated further but we must be careful not to drive them to other states that don’t require such regulations. It is a slippy slope but it is one we must try to cross.
    The Hotel does seem to be a royal clusterf***. This is a new council and they seem to be bamboozled by the developer too. The ice Rink is the last hope for the dying Mall. Maybe we should just let it die. I am conflicted about this.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 2, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      The rink belongs at the fairgrounds. For a fraction of the cost it could become a destination for those who are into the hockey pucks. But the point is at that location it could attract additional development…and the money stays here nothing close to 38M.

      The mall’s dale should be voided and the property turned over to a leasing company. Reduced rent will bring in merchants….but only with rock bottom rent. $5.00 a foot.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 2, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      All CAFO’s need to go to Mexico. They can handle them, they want them and it would result in lower production cost. No ocean to deal with. It’s idiotic to put 5,000 or 15,000 pigs anywhere near a community of any size. Same people who own them here could own them there. How,many people remember Fashion Farms.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 2, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Petes’s back ! Hang on for the ride and watch your language about the private sector – Public sector -well we already know they stink of CAFOs and corruption !