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Rocky road to Tracy recall election

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Recent indications point to a rocky road to the Feb. 13 recall election in Tracy. A letter to the editor in Thursday’s edition written by Tracy resident Rosemary Martin accused Tracy City Councilman Tony Peterson of still using the “bully pulpit” against a city employee. The target of that recall, Peterson, also sent an email to Independent reporter Jody Isaackson demanding a retraction over the last sentence of an article she wrote in Monday’s edition previewing that night’s council meeting. The sentence stated: Peterson has been accused by fellow citizens of abusing his power as councilman and not declaring his conflict of interest on some matters voted on by the Council.” Peterson wrote: “I have never been accused of a conflict of interest.” Unfortunately for Peterson, accusations of conflict of interest involving several Council votes, have been made as public comments during several past council meetings. Is Peterson guilty of conflict of interest? The voters of Tracy will ultimately decide. Voters will also decide if Peterson’s alleged behavior is a real issue as well.

Getting back to basics of government

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Should government be involved in major retail enterprises? Just look at the recent tribulations involving the Tracy liquor store for reasons it’s not such a good idea. The store has reported losses of $168,554 in 2016 and $30,462 in 2017. Now the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association is offering its services to help promote the store. It’s recommending the store work on wine events, among other things to make more money. Hmmmm, time to get back to basics.

Students learning to make a difference

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Area schools are doing a good job in offering valuable opportunities to students. One of these opportunities was featured in the Independent Wednesday. Several Marshall Middle School students participated in Future City competitions and are now looking forward to state competition. Future City competitions encourage students to imagine, research, design and build cities that exist at least 100 years in the future. Participants find solutions to making the world a better place.

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