Because We Say It's So
In election year 2008, need for governmental change is
a prominent subject in public discourse. On the national level, its
becoming clear that US citizens are determined to retrieve their country
from the hands of an administration running rampant. A government which
started a war based on lies and deception, they've openly as well as
covertly concentrated efforts to violate our Constitutional rights, run
amok with overspending taxpayers' money, have bamboozled and boondoggled,
and have, in effect, carried Orwell's "Big Brother" into nonfiction.
While much attention is focused on national politics,
unfortunately the same problems evident in Onamia go unchecked. City
government is on a rampage of malfeasance. Acting as an agent for NEXUS, a
private multi-million dollar corporation, the city council is bending,
breaking, and rewriting the Rules in order to force 94 convicted sex
offenders where they don't belong - into a residential neighborhood next
to elderly widows, day cares, children, and vulnerable disabled adults
whose rights to "Just Say No" have been replaced with the government's
"Because I Say Its So". Using Rove-like tactics of lies and deceit, the
Onamia council has boondoggled the community into believing its hype and
propaganda about NEXUS and it's sex offenders. The Onamia city council
will do whatever it takes to serve NEXUS, even if its wrong.
For instance, in January, after the city council was
notified that 1999 city ordinances mandating resolutions to establish a
community based City Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments hadn‘t been
complied with, the council simply ignored proper procedure, and instead
hired Bob Ruppe, the city attorney, to draw up a new law, establishing
themselves as the official Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment,
assuming total control, negating any possible balance of power. This is
The latest and perhaps most blatant assault against our
community happened at Monday's public hearing and special meeting to
customize zoning ordinances for NEXUS. Mayor Larry Milton, along with
councilmen Bob Mickus, Bill Hill, and Mark Loch (Kryzer hasn't been
present in months) voted unanimously to pass their personal opinions into
law, regardless of facts and figures. They ignored Minnesota Statute
462.357 which states that juvenile sex offender treatment centers shall
not be located in R1 or R2 residential zoned areas. They wrongfully zoned
a commercial sex offender institution as R2 Because They Say Its So.
The Onamia council was apparently unimpressed that
similar facilities had non-residential zoning classifications and were, in
fact, placed outside and away from residential areas. I'd spoken with
executives from similar institutions and the Department of Corrections who
agreed that "the last place we'd want to put an unlocked facility such as
ours would be next to a day care!" Not only is it bad for the
neighborhood, it is counterproductive for the inmates' treatment programs.
The city council ignored all contrary evidence and passed the newly
amended ordinance unanimously. Facts and figures meant nothing to their
predetermined mindset. Again, Because We Say Its So took precedence over
reason, ethics, and duty. They are working for the good of the NEXUS
corporation, not for the good of the community. Don’t let them fool you
As long as the bully mayor and Onamia city council are
allowed to get away with this type of corporatism, the local citizens can
breathe easy - because ignorance is blissful indeed. By not paying
attention to the way you are being manipulated and controlled by a Fascist
local government run by a Dictator who uses your tax dollars to legislate
lies, you're free to concentrate on what really matters: What Simon will
say about the next contestant on "American Idol".
You have no right to ruin our area.
Larry Milton, despite all of his bullying bluster
is apparently afraid of a girl.
O.K. So its Hannabelle...
Still, he refuses to answer the telephone or return her
calls pertaining to city business.
What are you so afraid