Editorial: Time for a truce

Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Alisa Corey

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Patt McCaffrey

— Community representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

After months of failed negotiations, the City of Craig and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 are back at the table. They're not talking about a new lease for park space, mind you. Rather, in an example of how preposterous this ordeal has become, the groups are negotiating terms for sitting down and re-negotiating.

"VFW, Craig City Council talk about talking," the headline read on page 5 of Friday's Craig Daily Press.

The story recounted a conversation our elected municipal leaders had with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 members regarding the painfully slow and ultimately stalled negotiations regarding a new lease for Veterans Memorial Park, once known as Craig City Park.

The headline is indicative of just how futile these negotiations have become in solving what should be a relatively simple matter — ensuring the park remains a park for the community.

But, from the outside at least, it appears the talks and now talks about talks have become a battle of wills, a war of egos, or as one board member not so eloquently put it, "a (expletive) contest."

Whatever the description, it's clear what the discussions have not been thus far — productive.

It's time for both sides to wave the white flag and call a truce.

The editorial board isn't taking sides on who's right and who's wrong. Each board member has his or her own unique read on the situation.

However, the general consensus is this issue has gone on for too long and needs to come to a quick and resolute end, equitable to both sides, but most importantly, benefitting the community.

A drawn out, contentious discussion over how to keep the park intact does nothing for the betterment of the community, results in hard feelings between two of the community's most productive and important organizations, and is generally embarrassing from the outside looking in.

So, enough is enough.

The two groups need to stop using a broken approach to hammering out an agreement, and start using one that'll get results.

Each side needs to send one or two representatives to sit down and work out an arrangement. Reduce the number of voices in the room, and allow delegates to broker a deal.

If the groups want to stop posturing and start getting something done, they'll work out something quickly and cleanly so we can all move on and this sideshow doesn't continue.

The time for talk has passed.

From here on out, the council and VFW should have one mandate only:

Get.

A. Deal.

Done.

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Comments

Colette Erickson 1 year, 11 months ago

Do not have Larry Neu as one of the reps. He seems to be a major sticking point. Also, all participants should bear in mind that it is not likely any of them will be around in 25-yrs., so come up w/ an agreement that will stand the test of time. Perhaps it is time to bring in a professional mediator?

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Marilynn Hill 1 year, 11 months ago

I have been to many of the negotiations between the City and the VFW and frankly the City has been very upfront in the negotiations with Mr. Neu speaking on behalf of the VFW. Even at the last council meeting, while Mr. Neu, Quartermaster of the VFW was not selected to speak on behalf of the VFW, he ended up getting up and basically taking over the conversation from the Guy Bradshaw, commander-elect of the VFW and allowed his attitude and temper to override the good faith that both the council and the VFW were working towards to see if there were any points that they could find common ground.

The VFW is asking for the moon and seems to want the citizens of Craig to pay for their launch vehicle and the fuel to get there and back. Sit down and figure out what will work and absolutes as to what will not work. Sounds as though both sides have done that and are now at an impasse; 3canines is correct, get a professional mediator involved with the absolute agreement on both sides that whatever the mediator decides, is the legal and final decision moving forward.

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