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Brainerd Dispatch
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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

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Apparently, a member of the city council has a problem with the public voicing their opinion regarding issues relating to city hall. Perhaps Mr. Borkenhagen should read the First Amendment of the Constitution. Just as Mr. Borkenhagen expressed his views, others have the same rights. If facts and figures are incorrect, this would be nothing new of city government’s information that continues to be given to the public. An example is the total construction and continuing maintenance cost of College Drive.

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Mr. Borkenhagen’s opinion letter of Jan. 16 has the atmosphere of intimidation that closely resembles a threat. As an elected city official, his letter was inappropriate and frivolous. If he thought the accusation by Mr. Wolff was that “serious,” a phone call to Mr. Wolff would have been the proper course to take.

Mr. Borkenhagen’s Dec. 13 email letter to council members drips of sarcasm. Some of his statements were erroneous, for example, chlorination of Brainerd water. To the best of my knowledge, Brainerd does not chlorinate the water unless a government agency demands it. A few years ago when a construction project in south Brainerd contaminated the water, the chlorination process was required at that time. Also, in 1910, it was chlorinated to purify the water that was taken out of the river to avoid Typhoid Fever that was prevalent at that time. Brainerd has been honored for having good quality water. I have toured the Brainerd Water Treatment plant and it is very impressive. The email reference to the possibility of someone being hit by falling stone from the mantel of the city hall entrance and trip on a hole in the steps was really far fetched, as was stating how impoverish, tired, weary and worn the building looks that help our image of being unpretentious.

Scare tactics do not work for people that research the facts and history.

A quote: ‘Arrogance diminishes wisdom.’

Jan Burton

Brainerd

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