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Differs with Olson

Posted: August 10, 2012 - 5:27pm

Is anyone else saddened, disappointed or even angered by the Dispatch’s willingness to print city council member Bob Olson’s financial “findings” twice in the same edition of the Aug. 8 newspaper?

Why not wait until city staff has the opportunity to respond to Mr. Olson? Or are we believing the “guilty until proven innocent” theory? I strongly challenge Mr. Olson’s use of the word “inaccurate” throughout his report to council and in the news reports. Let’s let the “rest of the story” be told.

I strongly challenge Mr. Olson’s insinuation that staff was not timely in presenting the information he requested throughout the last 10 months. He has received most, if not all of the information requested. I also challenge the Dispatch’s logic on allowing someone to tarnish careers of trained city staff because Mr. Olson’s numbers disagree with the numbers presented to us by staff. I also challenge the Dispatch’s logic in allowing a declared candidate for an At-Large city council seat to receive this much press — will the other declared candidates be allowed equal space to express their platforms? I doubt it. It simply appears that the Dispatch enjoys controversy and has found a way to create it while selling additional papers.

Bonnie Cumberland

Brainerd City Council At-Large

(Not up for re-election this year.)