Minnehaha County Commission introduces Public Input Time Limits & Broken Ice

While I would love to blame the Commission for the authoritarian move to put a time limit on public input, it seems the Trumper election deniers have ruined it for the rest of us. The group (who obviously believe Trump won the election) have been berating the Commission over the past couple of months about election integrity and all the supposed problems with our elections like drop boxes, mail in ballots and of course fake news.

So the Commission has decided to change their long standing rule of NOT having a time limit on public input to now having a 5 Minute limit (with a cute little clock on the big screen) and similar to the SF School Board a sign up sheet, to which the chair said was to make sure they are spelling the public inputers names correctly. It is also a very nifty way to turn them over to the NSA, CIA and FBI ðŸ˜Š

While I totally understand the annoyance of ignorant morons who watch to much Newsmaxx (the city council has the march of the Anti-vaxxers that show up each week), I think instead of changing a long standing public input rule maybe the commission needs to change the rules of engagement with the inputers. I think a lot of times at public meetings, whether it is city council, school board or county commission some of these issues can be quickly resolved if you would just answer their questions on the spot. They may not like the answer, but if you are clear with them that they got a response there would be no reason to show up week after week complaining about the same stuff while building up their conspiracy theories.

After watching this, I have come to a different conclusion on ‘general’ public input. It really isn’t about the time limit, the position on the agenda of even decorum, it’s more about the governmental body interacting with the public during this time. But you will never get that since most of the local governmental bodies are run by authoritarians who want to keep their backroom deals and schemes secret. Just watch how the chair of the Lincoln County Commission runs the meetings . . . scary stuff.

ICE RINK AT EVENTS CENTER MALFUNCTIONS

The Denty having to cancel the Stampede games this weekend due to malfunctioning icing equipment is a flashing warning sign of what is coming for taxpayers. If you think the $10 million a year mortgage is draining us, wait until major upkeep and maintenance starts. The building is getting to the age that this stuff needs to start being budgeted for (7+ years old). Just look at the Pavilion, a place that was supposed to cost us $19 million has probably gone far beyond $100 million in maintenance and upgrades over the past 20+ years, and this is just a small facility compared to the Denty. A city official told me recently they will have to start budgeting major maintenance expenses starting next year (like siding replacement) and the price tag will NOT be small. I still think the Denty (besides the bunker ramp) was one of the stupidest investments this city ever made that sends around $20 million in profits straight out of town and out of state every year never to be recirculated locally, and don’t get me started on the location!



12 comments ↓

#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 02.03.22 at 8:18 pm

It’s like the DoomsDay Clock:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock

Except, inverted as a part of a post nuclear world. #TheMorningAfter #WheresMyMorningAfterPill?

#2 Further Fear & Loathing on 02.03.22 at 8:21 pm

“It is also a very nifty way to turn them over to the NSA, CIA and FBI 😊….. ”

Don’t forget about the local boys who like to Dox. They could probably use the names, too. They like to keep them in their “toolbox”.

#3 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 02.03.22 at 8:42 pm

I wonder if the broken icing machine will end-up at a local pawn shop like the Great Bear snow machine did? Then, imagine buying it and telling a girl at ‘The Hello Hi’ bar: “Would you like to see my Zamboni?”…..

#4 Sick of Fearing on 02.03.22 at 9:13 pm

There’s a guy who has been protesting nuclear proliferation in front of the White House since 1982. Trust me, they don’t go away. At least a mother-in-law usually dies first. If you answered her comments over the years, however, you would probably go first. #FryingPan #CastIron

#5 Reliable Voter on 02.03.22 at 9:34 pm

The folks at the Heritage Foundation believe voter fraud is widespread and a threat to democracy – or at least that’s what they say to attract donors. Searching public records, they identified 2 voters who cast duplicate ballots and were prosecuted, 1 in 2005, 1 in 2013. Voter fraud is like Bigfoot, and absence of evidence is not evidence of absence for the believers. https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud/search?combine=&state=SD&year=&case_type=All&fraud_type=All

#6 Fear Not! on 02.04.22 at 3:26 pm

Now, the Heritage Foundation, those are the guys who originally came-up with ObamaCare, right? It was an answer to HillaryCare, then it was called RomneyCare, and then they claimed it was evil, right? So, with a track record like that, who would believe their Bigfoot story?

#7 Ask Not! on 02.04.22 at 3:32 pm

I once saw a Bigfoot on the bike trail. I think he was headed to Lincoln County (Taupeville) to check-out the convenient voting boxes down there. Because there, they are not part of Iowa, unlike us. (I wonder if there has ever been a Bigfoot siting at Gitchie Manitou? And what could Iowa law do about it?)

#8 Reliable Voter on 02.04.22 at 3:51 pm

Seems like these public input folks meet the new Republican National Committee definition of “ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse”, and should be allowed to occupy the Admn building until forced out by the National Guard. Anything less means the 4 Republican Commissioners love RINO cancel culture.

#9 Very Stable Genius on 02.04.22 at 8:12 pm

The Republican wedge issue machine, which spews out nonsense about abortion, guns, and now transgenders, has been practicing cancel culture for decades. And with all of this, the GOP claims to be the victim of cancel culture, when it’s really the perpetrator.

#10 Where is the ghost? on 02.05.22 at 9:30 am

Wonder if the PTH administration is still looking for the Tuthill ghost or was it Bigfoot? As they redo the Tuthill House will they find the hideout?

#11 l3wis on 02.05.22 at 9:48 am

I want to know what happened to the can of Pringles he pointed at the officer? I heard the Gilbertos shooter took it and converted it into a ghost gun (get it?) 🙂

#12 "Woodstock" on 02.05.22 at 5:29 pm

“I love Pringles”…. “I have a cousin who works at their factory and spends all day stacking them”…. “He gently flies them into place”… #TubularMan!