The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Union, but never published by them:
Letter to the Editor
I would like to extend a public apology and backstory to Dale Carter and Gary Sorenson.
They were on the agenda at the Anoka city council meeting. Their presentation was rudely hustled along by Mayor Skogquist to make way for his parade of coached voices. (The parade lasted one hour and was not on the agenda).
There's a joke about Anoka's two theaters. One takes talent (Lyric Arts). The other one just takes coaching (city council meetings).
The recent Tribune Q & A (3-06) with Bjorn Skogquist explains the procedure. You see, before he was elected, "people were not trained to come to council meetings." Now, he "tries to help frame their ideas in the right way."
His little brother, Eric, lives to help his hero with the rabble-rousing (See MySpace.com)
Anoka's mayor has been a "community activist", with much contrived grandstanding.
But he's an activist who is ceremonial head of the city council abusing control of the gavel and the floor.
The real problem is that the rest of the council and the referee (the city manager) cooperate with this abuse.
It's an abuse of open forum, Robert's rules of order, council/manager government and the city's business meeting. It makes Anoka look stupid. (And now dysfunctional 10-06).
Equal, fair representation of citizens and issues is made mockery under this theatre farce.
Ironically, Mr. Carter and Mr. Sorenson were presenting the city with an art print commemorating the sacred oaths of elected officials to uphold the constitution. (Created by Dale Carter and donated by Gary Sorenson.)
A timely gift. It now hangs in the lobby of Anoka City Hall to remind us and hold us all accountable to our founding documents and values. It also can be viewed at www.libertyposters.com.
Thank you, Dale Carter and Gary Sorenson, for your gift.
Please forgive us for the shabby treatment. Our city has not been at its most gracious for five years now.
Submitted L. K. 5th Generation Anokan