From Peace In St. Cloud: The left wing under researched St. Cloud Times has gone off a journalistic cliff with this ridiculous piece of fiction …..
First of all we are all children of immigrants and no one has said or will ever say anything about our immigrants that indicates we do not love and care for them. We do think our immigration laws should be enforced and reason applied to the children brought here by illegal parents.
But our questions and concerns apply only to unknown, unavailable, untrackable numbers of refugees ( No Christians allowed even though they are suffering genocide in their home countries) streaming into our fairly small town with a moderate tax base to continue to care for them as the volags that bring them look to the tax payers to continue their care. All we ask our elected officials is research the numbers and analyze our ability to continue bringing more in through the UN appointed volags.
The Mayor and Council and State representatives are invited to the Lutheran Social Services meetings where it is required that local and state governments be consulted. This is where the questions must be asked. But this is where none of our government officials show up to ask any….We are simply asking them to start asking questions and let the people know the answers.
It’s fine to get to know our new neighbors and many are doing so …this concern has nothing to do with being good neighbors but everything to do with economic sustainability if this continues unabated for years and years with no questions asked.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to use reason and caution and demographics must be taken into consideration….how many taxpayers can we lose due to flight from poor City induced conditions and still survive?
This has nothing to do with attacking the religious beliefs of others…..Wake up St. Cloud Times…the quality of your staff is deteriorating and it shows.
1 year after stabbing, know from whom hate emanates
If Central Minnesota is going to look back on one year since the Crossroads Center attacks and ask about community relations and people getting along, we at least need to be honest.
When it comes to publicly exuding religious extremism in Central Minnesota and a lack of tolerance for others, it’s not from new immigrants nor Muslims. It’s from long-time residents. And Christians.
Make no mistake: It’s not all Christians, not all residents. In fact, the good news since the attacks is many local residents — Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and none of above — made concerted efforts to get to know their neighbors.
Click to watch: St. Cloud City Council Meeting
Valued opinion from a former St. Cloud resident……
I managed to view the entire City Council proceedings. It was mostly very painful. It seems that Roberts Rules of Order have digressed into highly specialized jargon that is nearly unintelligible to ordinary people. This may be intentional, to mask or obfuscate the content of proceedings, or it may simply be the result of unconstrained bureaucratic processes run amok. I would like to think that the latter is the case.
On the issue Jeff Johnson brought up, regarding Council attendance at quarterly LSS immigration planning meetings, his very reasonable suggestion was summarily dismissed for bureaucratic and mostly unintelligible reasons. Nobody stated that the LSS meetings were outside the bounds of Council interests and responsibilities. The main objection appeared to simply be a dislike of any Council representation or attendance at the LSS meetings. That objection is irrational and flaunts the Council charter.
In my opinion, since the Council apparently hesitates to attend any LSS meetings, LSS should be requested to brief the Council with the results of their meetings, especially regarding immigration issues and plans that directly impact city (and school district) budgets and resources.
Also, mention was made that St Cloud’s demographics have changed due to recent immigration. How much have they changed, using what metrics of measurement? The Council should conduct a study of how demographic changes caused by immigration have impacted city functions and resources, as well as the projected impact of best known, future planned immigration. The study should answer questions selected by the Council, as being most germane to the Council’s charter.
The proceedings were quite painful to watch, but enlightening nonetheless. I don’t know how Jeff can take it. I sure don’t want his job. I drink enough as it is.