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Regarding the CAT Grant Meeting

By Staff | Jun 26, 2012

Letter to the Editor:

I’m writing in response to the June 19th article dealing with the CAT Grant meeting held on May 16th in Des Moines, Iowa. In your news story you printed my name and the names of other people who sent e-mails, letters, or left phone messages for the CAT grant committee. I would like to state publicly that I’m proud that these people had the courage to express their concerns regarding the proposed community center. I don’t know what each person said but I’m sure they were polite, thoughtful and respectful in their comments.

The CAT Grant meeting was an open public hearing. The committee encourages public input. Every citizen has the right and I think responsibility to speak out in favor or opposition to any issue. After the CAT Grant meeting in Des Moines, several ECDC committee members spoke to me and agreed that ECDC not done a good job of listening to the community. The positive result of citizens expressing their concerns is that we are talking about alternative proposals and maybe some people are now listening!

Freedom of speech is the greatest fundamental right that we have in this country. We should all encourage and defend freedom of speech even if we don’t agree with what is being said!

(signed)?Pete Hamilton

Chairperson for Concerned Citizens

Emmetsburg, IA

Regarding the CAT Grant Meeting

By Staff | Jun 26, 2012

Letter to the Editor:

I’m writing in response to the June 19th article dealing with the CAT Grant meeting held on May 16th in Des Moines, Iowa. In your news story you printed my name and the names of other people who sent e-mails, letters, or left phone messages for the CAT grant committee. I would like to state publicly that I’m proud that these people had the courage to express their concerns regarding the proposed community center. I don’t know what each person said but I’m sure they were polite, thoughtful and respectful in their comments.

The CAT Grant meeting was an open public hearing. The committee encourages public input. Every citizen has the right and I think responsibility to speak out in favor or opposition to any issue. After the CAT Grant meeting in Des Moines, several ECDC committee members spoke to me and agreed that ECDC not done a good job of listening to the community. The positive result of citizens expressing their concerns is that we are talking about alternative proposals and maybe some people are now listening!

Freedom of speech is the greatest fundamental right that we have in this country. We should all encourage and defend freedom of speech even if we don’t agree with what is being said!

(signed)?Pete Hamilton

Chairperson for Concerned Citizens

Emmetsburg, IA