To the Editor:
Yesterday, a friend invited me to a morning meeting at Little Falls Senior Center, and I accepted.
First, let me say that I had no idea what took place at Senior Center meetings, but I imagined grey-haired people, sipping coffee and having heated discussions about ham bingo. Imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw Mayor VanRisseghem presenting.
Among the items discussed was the splash pad. Since I hadn’t paid attention to what was going on with the splash pad, I raised my hand with one question: “With the majority of our population being aging seniors, what will the repercussions to the community be if the splash pad doesn’t attract the volume of people or projected revenue?”I thought it was a reasonable question, but the mayor seemed hostile, then she said that she believed in a positive approach. I agreed that positivity was great, but pointed out that she hadn’t answered my question — a question VanRisseghem never answered.
Government has a responsibility to be honest about all liability associated with any project undertaken on the behalf of a community. If answering such a perfunctory economic question seems like persecution to the mayor. perhaps public office isn’t befitting. — Jody Scott Olson, Little Falls