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Letter: A plethora of 'what if?' questions haunt citizen

While musin' in the basement, I realized the question, "What if?" What if our beautiful high school was remodeled for senior citizens? What if the old auditorium was revitalized for concerts, etc.? What if Diamond Point Park was remodeled to hand...

While musin' in the basement, I realized the question, "What if?" What if our beautiful high school was remodeled for senior citizens? What if the old auditorium was revitalized for concerts, etc.? What if Diamond Point Park was remodeled to handle motor homes, trailers with all electric and sewer facilities?

What would happen if a cobblestone road were erected in the downtown district to handle tourist tours with horse and buggy to many of our tourist attractions, such as Nymore Beach where the old sawmill was located? How about a large statue of Chief Bemidji at the entrance of Paul Bunyan Drive? Isn't the city named after him, are not the streets and lake named after him? Here was a man who worked with the white settlers to organize. Even our beautiful lake is carrying his name. How about a huge statue at First and Beltrami?

There was an explorer from Italy, Count Beltrami, who was trying to find the source of the Mississippi River. Instead of going south, he went north and ended at Lake Julia which he named after his dear wife.

What if we took a horse and buggy ride to our historical museum or to the Continental Divide? What if we sent a volunteer down Paul Bunyan Drive with a Weed Whacker to remove those outrageous weeds? Flowers could be planted and the highway department should be permitted to remove that fence they said was not needed. I was told this twice, and having lived in this city for 50 years, I have never seen a car, bike or anything else drive into the lake.

When are the highway officials going to live up to their promises? What if the council would learn the meaning of the word "volunteer"? Twelve-thousand dollars a year to let the mayor judge dogs at a contest. Ten-thousand dollars a year for the council to attend those worthless meetings out of town and in.

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We as taxpayers have not seen any tangible results of this handholding and tea drinking. The following is compensation to the Bemidji City Council from January to December: Mayor Lehmann, $2,800; Nancy Erickson, $3,375; Ron Johnson, $5,200; Jerry Downs, $1,975; Onen Markeson, $1,150; Barb Meuers $2,975; Roger Hellquist, $2,050. This is in addition to their monthly salaries. What have you as taxpayers gotten from this?

Howard Menge

Bemidji

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