James Kraft, Minot
It is Christmas time. Merry Christmas. Salvation Army kettles, candlelight services, manger scenes, smiling children and the golden rule come to mind. In this greatest of historical celebrations, some seem to be totally lacking in Christmas spirit. Our special needs this year include the flood victims. Do something Christ-like for them. It appears some think economic development is more important. Enter MSUPCP, or the Minot State University Perpetual Construction Project.
This institution had the means to dike their property out of the flood and has now been approved for sales tax money to build more. The last time I remember a time without new construction at MSU was 1971 when I graduated. Greed has no shame. It is perplexing to me that our overcrowded big cities of New York, Chicago and L.A. talk about economic development. They have packed so many people, vehicles and stuff in one place that life for many there is unbearable. Many who live in those cities say they must leave periodically to gather their senses. We are witnessing the same behavior in Minot.
This city that refused to admit the real flood potential complains that FEMA won't fix everything. Somebody else is to blame. The city council should take this Christmas time to reflect on their direction and realize that we have enough growth for now. Get some religion. The private sector should do well in this economic boom without taxpayer help. There are many in Minot in need of financial and personal help; many at the absolute end of their rope. We need to cast them a line.