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DFO: Keep Legion Park, Compromise

My response to a post by Bruce Wayne: You know what I’d like to see happen, to avoid the political blood bath ahead? I’d like to see Councilman Ron Edinger — the only person who can stop the nonsense going on in this town — to step up and say, let’s have this compromise. If you move the American Legion diamond to the southeast corner of the McEuen Field complex (where McEuen 1 is now at) and guarantee that it’ll stay there, I’ll sign on to the McEuen Field makeover. That would end the recall and bring peace to this town that desperately needs things to settle down. That would open up a huge swath of park (including the parking lots now reserved for Third Street vehicles and boat trailers — and be a venue of equal value for the American Legion baseballers. What do you think?

Question: What do you think of this idea?

Mary’s Not Happy With Compromise

Mary Souza isn't happy with Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy. Which is like saying the sun rises in the east. Mary hasn't said a kind word about the mayor since Sandi tossed her from the planning commission way back when. And Mike had the audacity to beat her in a three-way race two elections ago. Onward. In her weakly newsletter today, Mary said she'd planned to call Mike a “flip flopper” for his compromise position on McEuen Field but thought instead that he was lying. In recent action, the council OK'd a plan to use $11.5M in LCDC money to fund Phase 1 of the McEuen Field plan — and approved a $1.9M contract for design work with Team McEuen. Mary smells a rat, which isn't that amazing since she's always looking for one. She doesn't believe the city is downsizing plans for McEuen Field, nor does she believe the boat launch is safe from future removal to a Silver Beach site. Mary does make a good point when she says access to the waterfront will be troublesome this summer if/when work begins. You can read her entire weakly newsletter here.

Question: Now that the majority of the City Council has compromised on keeping the boat launch and downsizing the overall project, do you support the upgrade to McEuen Field?

Toad: US Doesn’t Want Compromise

Toadman: I don't believe anymore that Americans want compromise. I don't believe anymore that Americans want bi-partisainship or “working together-ness” or any other pie-in-the-sky dreamy political nonsense. I think Republicans and Democrats are completely at odds with each other and will never be able to amicably work together and do anything meaningful to help average citizens. The divide is too deep. The worldviews too far apart. I no longer believe in the American people in general to be a reasonably thinking entity at all. Individuals, yes, as a society, no.

Question: Does Toad have a point — that Americans at this point are incapable of political compromise?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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