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LETTER: Conflict of interests reek of cronyism

To the Editor: I have been waiting for this paper to report on the details behind the 13 conflict of interest waivers the Mitchell School Board rubber stamped on August 22 "without any concerns" and without much if any discussion. Their action wa...

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To the Editor:

I have been waiting for this paper to report on the details behind the 13 conflict of interest waivers the Mitchell School Board rubber stamped on August 22 "without any concerns" and without much if any discussion. Their action was based on the opinion of the district's legal counsel, which should not be the only opinion that counts as he does not live in the Mitchell School District. I am concerned that the board's vote to approve these waivers reeks of cronyism.

The taxpayers of the Mitchell School District deserve to know the details behind those 13 waivers, so that we can make our own evaluations as to whether or not there should be concerns. I say this as I shake my head while driving by the nearly $20 million monstrosity that exemplifies conflict of interests as it was approved by a board that reeked of cronyism

And then there is the $8 million indoor Aquatic Center that has people asking why the truth wasn't told before the vote in December. Now we learn there is a public forum scheduled for the project on September 27 and that we are still in the early planning stages.

Instead of rushing to a vote based on propaganda being promoted by this paper, time should have been taken to better determine the details of this project. The City Council should do the right thing and put this project on November's general election ballot, if permissible.

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That move would then give this paper an opportunity to better inform its readers on the conflict of interests that has been exemplified by the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce that reeks of cronyism regarding this project. I have yet to hear from them regarding the meeting they had to allow me to voice my opposition, which was primarily based on economics, as they moved forward to endorse the project.

Steve Sibson

Mitchell

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