Thursday July 16, 2008
by Hannabelle, Mille Lacs News staff writer
One Down, Four to Go!
Onamia Councilman Mark Loch
Although the "Loch-ness Monster" has resigned from the Onamia
City Council and is moving out of the city he was elected to represent (but
failed), the damage caused by this yes-man is everlasting, un-do-able,
un-fix-able, AND citizens will be paying for Mark Loch's bad judgment and
absence of testicular fortitude for many years to come.
Mark Loch is the quintessence of what is wrong with local
governments throughout small town America today. However he got on the city
council, he did not belong there. After observing him at city council
meetings over the past year, it became clear that Mark Loch's only function
on the council was to second motions proposed by other councilmen and to
help make Mayor Larry Milton's schemes come true. He also fulfilled the
requirements for the quorum - i.e. his butt occupied a chair at the council
table so that the council could still have a quorum, even with councilman
Mickus' frequent absence and councilman Kryzer's wintering in Arizona. But
what exactly did Mark Loch contribute? Ideas? No. Checks and balances? No.
Was he fair and open to citizens' concerns? NO! Did he serve the community?
NO!!! Did he make the town a better place? NO!!!!!!!
In essence, Mark Loch was not a leader. Mark was a follower.
And he would follow his fellow lemmings on whatever course Milton set, even
if it meant the abolishment of our human rights, our civil rights, ignored
our Constitution and was a detriment to the community. You can blame your
higher taxes on Mark Loch. You can blame most of Onamia's current problems
on Mark Loch because he merely went along. He squandered his vote. Why is
Hannabelle so mean to Mark? Because when it came to governing, Mark was a
dishrag. He seemed caught up in the junior high school mentality of Milton's
town council, succumbing to peer pressure, and like the pawn that he was,
doing whatever Bully Milton wanted. Mark Loch may not have served Onamia
well, but he definitely served a purpose. Milton's purpose. Nexus' purpose.
From that perspective, they were lucky to have him as long as they did. The
rest of us - not so lucky.
One of the lessons we should (but probably won't) learn from
former councilman Mark Loch's time in office is that POWER is fleeting. But
decisions made while in power can be everlasting and devastating. Choose
your friends wisely. Yes. But choose your local leaders with extreme
caution. They can screw up your life as easily and thoughtlessly as a
seventh grade boy throwing spitballs at a classmate. You think your local
councilman cares about the people he was elected to represent? You'd better
make sure BEFORE you elect him. Will he vote his conscience? Hey, you'd
better find out if he has one BEFORE he sits down at the table to determine
Mark is leaving the community but he's also leaving a mess in
his wake, a mess of which he has given up all responsibility. What does he
care about Nexus and their sex offenders? He doesn't have to deal with them
anymore. What does he care about the neighborhood which by his bad decisions
was destroyed? He no longer has to face with those people. What does he care
about the BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP of machines he doesn't have to listen to from
7 a.m. until 7 p.m.? He is free to move away, move on and forget about what
happened here. Forget what HE DID here. He is free to have a nice life after