We recently attended a promotion ceremony for our daughter in Washington, D.C. It was held in a private ceremony at the National Archives. This building houses some of our most treasured documents including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Some of these documents are displayed in draft form.
A key component of her promotion ceremony was her oath of office in which she affirmed she would defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic; this was done in front of our Constitution. At the end of her oath, she was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Having taken the same oath before she was born, in a different uniform (Army for me and Air Force for her), I could not help but think of how different the times were.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the public dissatisfaction with our government's decision to become involved with the Vietnam War carried over to blaming those who wore this nation's uniforms. How wrong that concept was.
The scars from that concept may never heal. I had the honor of visiting the Vietnam Memorial — The Wall — with my brother-in-law, Rob, a Vietnam veteran. To Rob and all who served in that war, thank you and welcome home.
Unfortunately, that same misinformation is being propagated today in this city. The concept being that if we as citizens oppose certain elected officials, we oppose the police department. Using that concept, then we must oppose the library, the parks department, street department, water and sewer, engineering, planning, zoning, economic development, finance, human resources and administration.
What a ridiculous concept. This is tearing our city apart, and it is harming our police officers. Stop it!
As citizens, we have duties and responsibilities. Among these are to be informed, to question our elected officials, and to cast our secret ballots.
Please take the time to read the documents and make informed decisions. In the city of Cloquet, these would include, city code, personnel policy and other printed documents that would help you do your duty. These documents follow state statute and League of Minnesota Cities-suggested language. They are the framework for effective government.
Have the documents been followed? Since March 16, 2017, this question remains unanswered.
Our forefathers, in their collective wisdom, implemented the secret ballot. No one knows but you how you vote. Do your duty, be knowledgeable, ask questions and fulfill your responsibility as a citizen by voting.