LETTER: Telegram isn’t fair to Democrats or people who disagree with City HallAnyone willing to debate any given topic between parties would be an excellent way to bring fairness and truth to any community.
To The Telegram:
“When story isn’t fair to all parties, it can’t be published.” This is the article title for a Monday commentary written by Shelley Nelson. Shelley and I have had our differences in the past, but it has always left me with the thought of how broad the horizon is on, what is fair and what is not fair. One may ask: Is it fair for the president of the Douglas County Republican Party to be sitting on the editorial board during a presidential election season?
During the Carol Reasbeck/David Ross mayoral race one may ask: Why did union membership come exclusively from the mayor’s office when the Superior Federation of Labor records showed 10 times that number of lost union jobs?
When the city denied handicap access and input from disabled hunters, one may ask: Why did all that information come from the mayors office? Nic Milroy was the only city councilor supporting the needs of the disabled in that U.S. Justice Department case. The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities unanimously denied supporting ADA regulations in this case. Later, after the city spent thousands of taxpayer’s dollars on the city’s defense, the U.S. Justice Department gave nearly total support to the complainants. What a great story this could have been — two people take on the city with the support of one councilor and wins.
President Ronald Reagan’s son occasionally has an article put in the paper which is very fair because his articles are so Republican — a person can take pride in being a Democrat. I personally would like to see a debate between him and any member of the Douglas County Democratic Party. Having regular town hall meetings with debates between parties would be fair to me. Anyone willing to debate any given topic between parties would be an excellent way to bring fairness and truth to any community.
In closing, I would like to say Shelley is a very honest person, but fairness in Superior might not be fair in other cities like Fargo, North Dakota.
— Dan Watland,