Like a little irony with your morning coffee?
I came across this quote by Jon Gurban, Superintendent of Parks, in a
Minneapolis Park Police brochure:
"Unwitting or unknowing violators to the park system should be politely
educated and informed about how to correctly utilize our park system rather
than being unnecessarily arrested or cited for minor infractions.
Park police should attempt to build bridges of mutual respect within our
community rather than take actions that build walls that divide the community
or result in unnecessary hostility."
As we head into the last leg of this campaign for a new Minneapolis Park Board,
I thought candidate Stone could use a good laugh. Ah, memories of police cars,
red lights and red faces.
If anyone thinks the stakes aren't high, a little recall of this attack on free
speech may put it all in perspective.
The incident where Supt. Gurban called out the Park Police to arrest rampant
campaigning by Jason Stone should probably be commemorated annually by a "get
up on the soapbox" celebration in the park.
The first step for a change for the better is a change in the majority five.
Go Jason and the rest of the slate endorsed by the Sierra Club. We deserve a
better Park Board and a superintendent who gives us leadership, not laughs.
Need more info? Check out www.mplsparkwatch.org They archive newspaper
articles and Park Board minutes.
Stevens Square/Loring Heights (Tracy Nordstrom's district)
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