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City caused library director resignation


The Board of Directors of Friends of the New Richmond Library is deeply troubled by the recent resignation of Library Director Katie Marsh. Ms. Marsh was well-liked and respected by the library employees and the community, yet some members of the city government made her work environment so hostile that she felt compelled to leave only three months into her employment.

Ms. Marsh's tenure was marked by excellent leadership, positivity and enthusiasm for the library and the New Richmond community it serves. She received no notice of dissatisfaction with her work from her supervising body, the Library Board. When a city administration member interfered with the supervisory process, she was suddenly left out of meetings that concerned her performance and was stonewalled by people she asked for feedback and answers. Library Board members asked for information demurred, citing a city-imposed "confidentiality policy," which seems little more than a smokescreen for a flawed and hurtful process that resulted in very poor treatment of Ms. Marsh.

If New Richmond expects to attract excellent employees and leaders to our community, we cannot treat valuable people so poorly. Ms. Marsh was carefully selected by a committee of 30 community members, who screened candidates exhaustively and were nearly unanimous in their choice to hire her. How can New Richmond hope that community members will go through the process again to choose a superior candidate, when city officials have shown they are willing to torpedo the process and mistreat employees?

Ms. Marsh's forced resignation also places yet another obstacle on the path to building a much-needed new library for New Richmond, further delaying fundraising efforts and planning.

The Friends of the Library Board of Directors asks that the city administration and staff commit to a fair supervision process and respectful treatment of its valuable leaders and employees, so New Richmond can attract and retain leaders who can keep our community moving forward positively.

Jennifer Struss, New Richmond

Susan Keskinen, Star Prairie

Linda Thompson, New Richmond

Jerelean Rang, New Richmond

Jerome Pults, Stillwater

Maribeth Driscoll, New Richmond

Hillside Series thank you


To the New Richmond Community,

It's hard to believe that we have wrapped up another great Hillside Series with a perfect lineup of entertainment. We lucked out again with the weather, and our wonderful sponsors outdid themselves with their generous goodies. I want to thank everyone that attended, danced, sang along and helped me along the way. Thanks, Kaden! Thanks, Cora!

While the Hillside Series will continue, this is my last summer coordinating it and wow, it's been a terrific run. I am proud to have been a part of this successful event in celebration of live music. I've met such talented musicians, we are so lucky to have them all so close! Seek them out, attend their concerts, buy their cds, applaud their songs.

Sue Langford

Hillside Series Coordinator

Hold Trump accountable for inaccuracy


As the press points out misleading/inaccurate statements President Trump makes in campaign speeches, tweets and press conferences, Trump counters with, "Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. Just remember, what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."

President Trump calls "fake news," a label he pins on nearly all media outlets except Fox News, "the enemy of the American people."

According to the three Washington Post journalists assigned to update a fact-checker database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement made by Trump, as of Aug. 1, 2018, Trump made 4,229 false/misleading claims in the 558 days since being sworn in as president, with nearly 150 untrue claims being repeated at least three times.

One-third of the President's false claims relate to economic issues: getting the size of trade deficits wrong and presenting numbers in a misleading fashion, displaying a basic misunderstanding of economics; taking credit for jobs created before he became president and business decisions with which he had no role; boasting about jobs numbers, even though annual job growth under his presidency is slower than Obama's last five years of leadership.

Washington Post analysis of one Montana campaign speech Trump made in July found 76 percent of the assertions made were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence.

Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, who served under Presidents Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, opines that Trump is a pathological liar who lies on personal, political, domestic and international matters, often lying needlessly.

Trump attacks the media because it is the institution that demands accountability when it comes to truth-telling, and Trump knows he has to delegitimize the media so he can get away with what for anyone else would be unacceptable behavior.

Our country can't function if we don't agree on common sets of facts. It is unacceptable that Fox News enables Trump by letting false claims go unchecked, leading many people to believe Trump's lies. Call Fox News, 1-888-369-4762, to insist they hold Trump and his administration accountable for inaccurate statements.

Jeanne Larson