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Letters to the Editor: July 10, 2014

Timm still best for Chamber job

To the Editor:

“Let he without sin cast the first stone” — John 8:7b.

It is with a heavy heart I write this letter to the City of New Richmond.

On Thursday, May 15, the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Jonathan Timm as the new executive director. By Friday, May 23, the same board of directors asked for his resignation. Why you ask? An anonymous letter was received by the board indicating Jonathan is not good enough to be the Chamber director.

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged” — Matthew 7:1.

I realize that not everyone is going to like you and you are not going to like everyone, however, you must be kind and courteous to all. Why would a person(s) want to destroy/tarnish another person in this way? Again the letter was sent anonymously! This person(s) didn’t have the courage to sign his or her name to a letter he or she composed. How courageous is that? Are the citizens of New Richmond that cutthroat and backstabbing that we do not want to see others in our community succeed for the betterment of our community? When Jonathan opened his business three years ago, many local lenders — even the city — were not willing to finance this business opportunity. He was still able to open the doors with the help of family and friends. Jonathan has succeeded in becoming a successful business owner in spite of the fact the city officials, at that time, did not have enough confidence in him to succeed. How many entrepreneurs would have still opened without the support of the city? Since its beginning, Jonathan has been very active in the betterment of the community. Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2012; what does this tell you about his character and willingness to go above and beyond to help the community?

The executive director of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a position Jonathan desired for many years, and given the fact this position was given to him because the board believed he was the best candidate, how does an anonymous letter change the fact that now Jonathan is no longer the best candidate for this position? Jonathan is a mover and a shaker, perhaps not everyone likes the fact that he wants to see New Richmond small businesses grow and become more successful. Perhaps someone’s feathers got ruffled. Well, guess what? You need to ruffle some feathers if you want to move forward and make changes!

Are the citizens of this city so narrow-minded that we can’t overlook someone’s past, despite the leaps forward made to be the person they are today? What is this person’s hidden agenda? Why would the Chamber Board of Directors be so influenced by an anonymous letter? What does that say about the current Chamber Board and its leadership or inability to lead the community of New Richmond?

Is the person(s) who sent this anonymous letter afraid of the ramifications of their position in the community by signing their name? Is that why he or she wants to stir up trouble, but is not strong enough to suffer the wrath of this letter? He or she clearly does not have the best interest of the community in mind. It makes me wonder why someone would do such a terrible act to another human being. Why would the Chamber Board be bullied by this anonymous letter? Isn’t bullying frowned upon?

What does not kill you will make you stronger. Jonathan will overcome the board’s decision. He knows and so does the majority of the community that he is the best person for this job!

“Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.” — Romans 2:1

Susan Olson, New Richmond


Rats leaving the ship?

To the Editor:

It’s amazing how eager civil servants get when they know their heads may be on the chopping block. It was reported this week that the Office of Government Printing is reducing its force by five percent in 2015 offering early retirement. The candidate will get up to $25,000 if he’s been hanging around for over 20 years. Of course this would mean he had to have done something while he was there, like print George Washington on a $50 bill. Oh, that’s the Treasury Department, and it too is offering buyouts.

In fact the EPA and several other agencies have started this process, but they haven’t kept pace with the sequestration going on in 2012 and 2013. This year a lot of agencies are expecting the repeal of the suspension Obama gave them and the way things are shaping up in the next election the liberals better get on the stick if they want to win anything. Every government agency is under scrutiny by the Republicans and I know it must hurt to prove you’ve done something in the last 20 years.

I guess what bothers me is there are so many people out there who still think our corrupt and incompetent government is just fine the way it is. I mean farmers are still getting paid to not grow anything and even if they lose it they still get paid. If I make mistakes nobody pays me. Then there is the local police departments being supplied with cast off armaments from the Department of Defense so the SWAT teams can do their job. These guys are so good they’re starting to show up in “Soldier of Fortune” magazine.

Good news is, the Post Office made money last quarter. But they are going ahead with closing down 82 more processing centers after closing down 140 last year. The employees aren’t going to be bought out. They just get transferred to another office. And it’s a good thing the UPWA union is there to protect them. The union president wants all of us to take back America and give these people what they deserve. He claims we have to protect the Post Office and keep up the fine traditions of losing our mail. So the next time you see your local postal worker dropping off your mail at your box look closely, there might be three other guys in the car with him.

I’m waiting for the National Enquirer to do a story about gays in the White House. Obama has passed another one of his presidential decrees protecting transgender feds from being fired. Here’s my question, if you get fired on Friday as a very ugly woman, can you come back on Monday as a normal looking man and keep your job?

Obama is just reinforcing the hundreds of existing laws on the books that protect against discrimination. Apparently it only applies to government employees, not us. Or does it?

Robert Pike, Town of Stanton