Sound off on the jail project

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Your time is here.

Those of you who have been formulating comments and opinions regarding the proposed Clay County Jail project will have the first of two opportunities, Monday night, to be heard by the powers that be.

Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow will lead the forum, joined by members of the jail-planning committee, Clay County officials and community leaders at the Royal Community Center beginning at 7 p.m.

A second such forum is scheduled for the Spencer Community School Administration Building at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

The two meetings will be informational in nature with an opportunity for audience members to have their questions answered. Regardless of which side of the fence your sitting on in this matter, I would hope the discourse can remain constructive and calm.

Remember the man you may choose to yell at does carry a gun.

That said, don't be afraid to make yourself heard.

The purpose of these forums is to make the voters aware of the process, the plan and the reasoning behind it. If you have questions regarding an aspect of the upcoming jail vote, it would benefit you to turn up for one of the two forums.

If like many, your opinion is based on what you've heard, rather than what you actually know, don't enter the voting booth ignorant. Pull the lever as an informed voter, making a decision based on what's best for the county as a whole.

I've heard a lot of chatter out there on the matter. I have friends and acquaintances on both sides of the issue. The most frustrating thing I hear comes out of the mouths of people that has to do with hearsay and what so-and-so had to say about it. Don't take my word for it. Don't take anybody's word for it. This is an opportunity for you to get your questions and concerns answered directly from the people who actually have the facts, not just opinions.

Then, regardless of your decision when you enter the booth, you can cast an informed decision on Tuesday, May 3.

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