Whether it is a Mask Mandate, Crime, Zoning, etc. Most of our Sioux Falls City Council and Mayor DO NOT LISTEN & DO NOT CARE!

I have warned people that our council and mayor’s office would get to a point where your input is ‘unaffordable’. What do I mean by that? Just look at the last election. It cost CountCilor Jensen $117,000.00 to beat Stehly by under a 100 votes.

The Mayor’s office, his staff and the city council is bought and paid for, and it isn’t by you and me. This letter to the editor says it all;

Many physicians, nurses and public health professionals took the time to prepare data to present at the City Council meeting. Many came to the City Council meeting after a long and tiring day at work to present their data, believing that it would make a difference.

But sadly, despite the effort, the message we got back from Councilors Erickson, Jensen, Neitzer, Selberg and Mayor TenHaken was: We heard you, we know what needs to be done and that it would help but we don’t care.

It is heartbreaking.

I and many of the physicians in my practice are so frustrated, angry, sad and tired. It is maddening that when we speak up about COVID and provide scientific evidence, we are completely ignored.

Christiane Maroun, MD, Sioux Falls

Data? What’s that? I would like to remind councilor Nutzert that they have been wearing masks since the Bubonic Plague (1656 version) and during the 1918 Spanish Flu. Why? Because they figured out it helped prevent the spread. Does it protect you head to toe? Not at all, you should take several precautions. That’s called ‘science’ Greg, you should check it out sometime. When did you become such a Trumpist anyway?

But what this doctor’s letter points out is something I have known for a very long time. Our council’s minds are made up before they even step in that room. That is one of the reasons I never came to protest the public input move, I knew how it was going to go. There is something that has always been consistent with the city council, especially our current rendition. They are extremely predictable, and you will never change their minds once their heels are dug in.


#1 Remember This In 2022 on 11.15.20 at 11:14 am

This is Paul Tenhaken’s Monthly Column dated November 6, 2020 (siouxfalls.org–HOME PAGE):

Mayor’s Monthly Column: Let’s Find Unity by Helping, Listening to Each Other

This is the ELECTED official who for months has appeared at news conferences with doctors from Avera and Sanford.

His background is in marketing. Obviously, he now is arrogant enough to think that he knows better than trained scientists at both the federal and local levels.

IF, in 2022, he chooses to run for a second-term as SF Mayor, do not forget that Paul Tenhaken cast the TIE VOTE of ‘NO” to mandating masks.

Oh, The Hypocrisy…..in the words of Paul Tenhaken, “Let’s Find Unity by Helping, Listening to Each Other”.

The four Councilors who voted ‘NO’ to mandating masks:

Christine Erickson (term-limited/2022, potential run for mayor/2022)

Alex Jensen—-2024

Greg Neitzert—-2024

Marshall Selberg—-2024

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.15.20 at 11:44 am

It’s Taupeville arrogance and self-righteousness. We are being led by those south of 57th Street.

Plus, most of the council are Republicans, and due to white fear within that political party, its political leaders are becoming increasingly authoritarian in their nature and approach to public policy in all matters. Our recent national election for the presidency, and how the Republicans are handling it, is demonstrative of this authoritarian bent as well.

#3 D@ily Spin on 11.15.20 at 4:41 pm

The council has big heads like horses. Horses have the same ass too.

#4 John Dale on 11.18.20 at 10:44 pm

Guys and Gals;

Party line analysis is defunct.

There is a group of people who constantly strive to take over each party.

In SD, Republicans are rife with them, since the party is so monopolistically patronized.

The mask mandate is a ..

very. bad. signal.

for Sioux falls.

Brace yourselves.

Control of police has been handed to corporations. This is the first step of a very detailed plan.

It’s not too late, but ..

You know what I’m for.

And what I’m against.



And hey! Let’s be careful out there ..