From: Debbie Sheets
Winona’s mayor, Mark Peterson, is quoted in the WDN on Friday 8/9 as saying “A poorly written article by the Winona Post suggested that the city was trying to pull something stealthy over on the citizens.” This was in regard to the Post’s article on the city’s recommendation to include Latsch Island in the plans for zoning certain areas of the city as industrial area to put them under the Port Authority as a way to seek funding for various projects.
I read the article in the Post and unless it was patently untrue, it wasn’t poorly written and the way the city moved on this issue does indeed seem “stealthy.” If the city representatives can explain why they did what they did when they did it then maybe we citizens will be able to see there wasn’t anything stealthy going on, but even if there wasn’t anything nefarious, why not exercise more transparency, and sensitivity, to the impression they create when they take such actions? I, for one, am glad the Post is rooting around in the details of what the city is doing. That is a journalist’s job and I appreciate their doing it. Even if there were no current plans for anything different for Latsch Island, the city was about to create a cumbersome burden in the future for its citizens to prevent unwelcome changes and that in itself is enough reason to have the plan be held up for scrutiny, stealthiness or not. Thank you Winona Post.