Open forum?

I attended the Hastings City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 2. I took the floor during the comments from audience portion of the agenda. While expressing my concern about the leadership in Hastings and the decisions that are made affecting our city, I was quickly interrupted and not allowed to continue. Apparently criticism is not welcome in an open forum at council meetings. In their defense, it was quite personal, but to me, quite necessary. The concerns that I was trying to relay to our council are the large number of firings, forced and voluntary departures from city positions. Also, the subsequent cost, not only in human value, but the expense to the Hastings city taxpayers in legal fees and lawsuits. Our community needs to get involved to help change these issues. After all, it is our community.

Once again, express your support for the reinstatement of Fire Chief Mike Schutt.

Darin Berg


Thanks for supporting Knights of Columbus

On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Hastings Knights of Columbus held our last Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at our KC Hall. On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council 1600, I want to thank everyone who attended and made this the best turnout we've had in many years. We even had to go to the store to purchase additional pancake mix so we wouldn't run out.

As you might know, we are selling our hall to Caturia-Smidt. The Hastings Knights of Columbus is not going away, however. We will hold future pancake breakfasts and other events at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. We donate profits to local charities so by lowering our expenses, we expect to do even more charitable work in our community. Our first Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at SEAS will be held in early December so keep an eye out for more information. We hope to continue to have great success with our future events and we look forward to seeing you in our new location. Thanks again for supporting the Hastings Knights of Columbus.

Tony Jurgens

Grand Knight, Hastings Knights of Columbus Council 1600

Jurgens also is House District 54B state representative.

Support district bond

If you are a homeowner, you certainly understand how necessary it is to perform regular maintenance on your property. It is important to provide a safe, secure and inviting environment for you and your family. With those thoughts in mind, the District 200 School Board is proposing the $49.5 million bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.

During the months Dave spent on the Citizen's Facilities Committee,(CFC) they visited and examined all the school properties. Then they prioritized the many maintenance needs before them. It was an eye-opener as they were shown the inner workings (and not-workings) of areas within the district facilities.

In order to maintain the integrity of our investments, provide the same safe, secure and inviting environment for our students as in our homes, we must speak to the deferred maintenance. The committee and board have worked tirelessly to create a fair, well thought out proposal for the voters which does not raise taxes. Please educate yourself on the issues by attending the public meeting on Oct. 25 or visit the school district website. We have and we will be voting yes on Nov. 7.

Dave and Dolores Pemble