Council criticism misses mark

I find it intriguing that Kerry Kincaid is writing letters to this paper telling us who to support for City Council president. Last year, she resigned as council president just a couple of hours before a City Council meeting without any warning. She caused this special election.

In her letter, she calls council “irresponsible” for spending $20,000 to keep our portable restrooms open throughout our parks. She states people should vote for Terry Weld over acting President Andrew Werthmann for City Council president to protest this action.

That’s odd because Weld voted for Werthmann’s proposal. Both saw a problem, the loss of restroom access. Only Andrew authored a solution. And Kerry’s candidate actually voted for that solution.

Kerry talked about people in Eau Claire struggling to get by, but that’s exactly why we should be keeping our portable restroom open in the first place. Restroom access benefits everyone. And their removal would especially hurt people who are at their most vulnerable.

Restroom access is just one aspect of how this council seeks to help our friends and neighbors in need. Because of council action last November, there will be a library staff member dedicated directly to helping people experiencing homelessness get the services they need. Another new library staff member will be tasked with improving literacy for at-risk kids.

I’m proud we finally have leadership on the council that listens to the public and is serious about addressing poverty and economic inequality. I’m supporting Werthmann and incumbents like Kate Beaton and Catherine Emmanuelle as well as candidates Laura Benjamin and John Lor because they’re the only ones taking poverty seriously.

Gregory Baumgart

Eau Claire