They can apparently write endorsements with their heads up their asses.

The Rolfing one is classic;

While he has not initiated many proposals, he has served and led committees examining important community issues. He served on the transit task force and headed the committee studying changes in the city’s urban agriculture regulations.

We hope to see Rolfing become more of a leader on the council in a second term. He should be more confident in advancing measures to solve city problems, in working for compromise and anticipating future conflicts.

In other words, he sucks, doesn’t have knowledge of the issues and is a seat warmer, but he is a heck of a rubberstamper, and we need to keep him. Besides it only took him a year to count a couple of chickens.

Kiley come lately;

Bonita Schwan’s involvement has primarily been in the Save Our Neighborhood effort to prevent Walmart from building a store in her neighborhood.

Yup, paint her as public (city hall) enemy number one, even though she has 10 times the government experience of Kiley and has volunteered in numerous charities throughout the community, the country and the world. But who needs a goody-two shoes like that?

He has the right attitude and has educated himself on a variety of city issues.

Well if he has truly educated himself on the issues, you would think he would be able to answer a question about those issues. Not even close. “Rick, how many eyes does the mayor have?” “I will let the voters decide since I don’t have all the FACTS to answer that question.”

Michelle ‘Big Poo’ Erpenbach;

Michelle Erpenbach has been visible and effective in her first term on the Sioux Falls City Council.

Yes she has, especially when she has been shooting her mouth off scolding the rest of the council and censoring citizens for public input.

She has served as vice chairperson and chairperson of the council, clearly demonstrating strong leadership abilities.

Is it really leadership when you act like a dictator?

Her interest in the community and drive to move Sioux Falls forward have made her an effective voice for the Central District on the council.

Code for ‘handouts to the special interests’

We urge her to continue speaking out on the issues, pushing for progressive policies

Since when is non-transparent, pro-censorship government progressive?

For those who have paid attention, Michelle is a public policy train wreck.

7 Thoughts on “The AL Ed Board’s secret talents revealed

  1. scott on April 5, 2014 at 9:46 am said:

    Their new website layout is horrible too.

  2. Poly43 on April 5, 2014 at 11:22 am said:

    Probably the most disturbing note on the argus endorsements is the “board????” stating erp is an effective voice for the CENTRAL District. Nothing could be further from the truth. This “board” is truly out of touch with reality.

    Also just watched the storm land mayoral debate. Once again, another myth was pushed forward, this time by dunsmoor. Says the city added 15 officers in the last 4 years. That may be partly true if we’re talking about new hires replacing retirees. But what the conversation was about was increased presence on the street by having more officers. Fact. From the time mmm took office 4 years ago, the department has gone from 268 employees to 269, year ending 2013. Meanwhile the city has increased in population by about the entire population of Madison SD.

    Is it any wonder why crime rates are spiraling here?

  3. Poly43 on April 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm said:

    Gannett News and the argus are spiraling downward. We’ll all be here when lalley gets his pink slip, like so many other former argus and gannet employees already have. gannett has eliminated more than 20,000 jobs since the workforce peaked at 53,000 in 2003. Revenue fell to $5.2 billion last year vs. a record $8 billion in 2006. GCI shares trade for $27.53 today vs. an all-time high of $90 in 2004. Their new format is nothing but a death rattle.

  4. Joan on April 5, 2014 at 8:09 pm said:

    The motorcycle cop that was parked on the corner of 41st and Louise kept pretty busy this afternoon. I had my patio door open a couple inches all afternoon and he was taking off, every few minutes.

  5. anominous on April 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm said:

    Argus is trying to hold on to its pre-print advertising insert revenue. Sunday paper Walmert ads worth a lot of money to them.

  6. Al Reader on April 6, 2014 at 6:51 am said:

    I have been an AL reader for over 50 years.

    Today, I read multiple newspapers from across the country on-line.

    Out of all those publications, the new design of the AL is the most confusing MESS I have ever seen. Can’t find a damn thing!

  7. Craig on April 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm said:

    I’ll agree the media shouldn’t be making endorsements and I’ve never understood why they do. It puts them in difficult position of advocacy (being the story) instead of sitting on the sidelines and reporting the story.

    That said, the sad reality is that their endorsements do have an impact. I’ve mentioned this before, but a few years ago while waiting in line to vote, a woman in her 50s asked me a question about what we were voting on. She seriously had no idea – so I attempted to explain the issues being considered and the candidates on the ballot. At some point she asked me who the Argus leader had endorsed and when I told her she said something to the effect of “well they always do their research and seem to know who to vote for”.

    It was about then I realized two things. Number one, endorsements matter even if we don’t think they do, and number two… some people just shouldn’t vote.

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