Mayor TenHaken shares text

On the Mayor’s official, non-official, Facebook page, he shared a text he received after the election;

Someone was obviously high when they sent this 🙂 and I have NO doubt if PTH knew who sent it, the police or sheriff’s department were probably dispatched to have a convo with this individual.

I agree with the sentiment, but I would have wrote it a bit differently;

You would think as the mayor of the state’s largest city you wouldn’t be so ignorant when it comes to adult use cannabis. But you Republicans are not big on facts, science or telling the truth (e.g., Kristi Noem). Now go do something you are good at, like licking windows.

I’m not even sure what it means to lick a window?

I do agree with Paul this is NOT the best way to interact with your elected officials;

Paul TenHaken

I share this only to highlight the state of diminishing dialogue I see in our democracy. A state where people feel this is an appropriate way to contact an elected official. A state where people are so angry and frustrated by all they see on social media that they lash out in knee jerk ways that I believe they really don’t mean. I see these messages very often, and use it only to highlight the fact that we can do much better as a city, state, and country. But it starts with each of us modeling the way.

A better way is to address them at public input so you can get them on audio calling you a loser, or have them accost you in the lobby of Carnegie, because you know, it is okay for them to name call constituents but don’t dare treat them the same way. The only thing that has truly been diminishing is the grey matter between the ears of our local elected officials. Instead of encouraging them to lick windows, maybe we need to get them to stop eating paint chips?



14 comments ↓

#1 No to IM27 on 11.15.22 at 7:42 am

Predictable posting by a THC addict that is afflicted with Reefer Blindness. Hope that poster gets the help they need. The Mayor replied with an appropriate response.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.15.22 at 8:32 am

Yes, lead infested taupe paint chips, indeed.

#3 Very Stable Genius on 11.15.22 at 8:50 am

When you are an elected official and in the public eye, things like this will happen to you whether you are walking down the street or checking your social media platforms. This doesn’t make them right, but this abuse sadly comes with the job and you need to move on and beyond them. Because you shouldn’t complain about them, but rather pray for those who do such obnoxious acts.

Also, when you are a part of the computer world as a successful data collector and corresponding business owner, and are known to be interviewed by the local media over the years for this expertise, then you can’t just turn around and think that all will be merry in cyberspace and the anonymity at times that it brings. Because if you have that mentality, then it’s like wanting a fast, new, clean car, but with no bumps or potholes on the road, nor mud to encounter. #IDidNotSignUp4This

#4 D@ily Spin on 11.15.22 at 9:04 am

Being in public office opens you up for such comments. Social media also allows for such opinions. Unless it’s a physical threat, the public can have their prose. It can be offensive but it speaks for itself. The mayor’s approach of mention but not honorable mention is a proper stance.

#5 Mike Lee Zitterich on 11.15.22 at 4:37 pm

Just block name callers on social media, emails, etc. I have no time for people who want to attack people, let alone troll you. I block all people both on my personal acct, and my business page. I expect a level of decency from my fellow Americans.

#6 Moore Stench on 11.15.22 at 9:31 pm

Dillard’s is finally coming, while Fuddruckers has abruptly closed. You just can’t have it all, can you?

#7 l3wis on 11.15.22 at 10:05 pm

Mike, I agree. This is NOT the way to contact elected officials. You should always address them publicly with issues.

#8 The Guy From Guernsey on 11.16.22 at 8:39 am

Are the digital spook mercenaries who are working on this mission employed as independant contractors?
Or are digital spook services offered through a mercenary DynCorp-type of subsidiary of ClickRain?
‘Cuz you know there are digital spooks working to unravel that text message (if they haven’t already done so) …

#9 D@ily Spin on 11.16.22 at 8:57 am

If you’re ignorant enough to give your personal information away on Facebook, you deserve the consequences. Likewise, if you acknowledge comments from there, there’s no basis. Meta (aka Facebook) is failing. People are finally recognizing it’s mined for personal information. It’s important now to protect your on and off line security. Police use it to develop suspects.

#10 Herschel, where's my check? on 11.16.22 at 1:08 pm

ClickRain scares me. The fact that they can turn rain on and off is intimidating, or is it merely biblical?

#11 "Woodstock" on 11.16.22 at 1:11 pm

“Say, didn’t you see where SDSU held a drag show?”… “Wow, that campus has come a long ways”…. “I remember when they were pretty much nothing but banjos and whiskey”…. (…”Actually, at first, I thought they meant like Thunder Valley”… 🙂 …… ) #GoYotes

#12 Further Fear & Loathing on 11.16.22 at 1:16 pm

USD got a sassy cougar, or a mountain lion, while SDSU got a drag show…. I’m not really sure where to go with this…

#13 scott on 11.17.22 at 9:03 pm

can you say “retardlicans”?

#14 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 11.17.22 at 10:40 pm

Licking a window is like when you can see what is going on, but can’t be a part of it. Which is often the average citizen’s experience with local politics and its agendas.