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What's your opinion?
Oct. 19, 2015

By Gabe Licht

It’s hard to believe we are only a little more than two weeks out from election season.

Coming from Iowa, originally, I’m still wrapping my head around the idea of having an election in an odd-numbered year.

School elections can take place any year down there, but municipal elections are always on even-numbered years. Maybe someone can enlighten me on the history of some cities holding elections on odd-numbered years.

Letter writers have regularly reminded me and readers about the Independence election.

I must say, though, that I’m a little surprised I have not received one letter to the editor regarding the $65 million in Delano Public Schools bond referendum questions that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Two questions make up the referendum.

The first question regards $46 million for the first question for a new grade four through six school building, major renovations to the high school – including a secure entrance – and upgrades to the elementary school and community education building.

The second question regards $19 million for athletic field space, renovation of the swimming pool, an addition to the Tiger Activity Center, and a performing arts center.

If the referendum is passed, the operating levy passed in 2007 will also go on the books.

The school district has placed copious amount of information about the referendum on the front page of its website – www.delano.k12.mn.us/ – under the heading of “Referendum 2015.”

Someone asked me the other day if I thought the referendum would pass. I told him I hadn’t been able to gauge the level of support for it or opposition against it because I haven’t heard much about it from voters.

I’ve had a couple conversations with people about the referendum, but none of them have been passionate enough about their position to put it in writing, or so it seems.

I’ve written about the issue several times – just search “Delano bond referendum” on this website for examples – so now I’m wondering if anyone else would like to write about it?

For those interested in doing so, here is our policy.

“Letters are welcome at Delano Herald Journal and will be printed whenever possible. We may edit them for grammar, style, etc.

Those referring to a previous letter may be edited to avoid embarrassment for the original writer. Please address the issue in question, but do not attack another writer.

Form letters sent to numerous newspapers, or from writers beyond our circulation area, may be rejected unless the letter significantly contributes value to the viewpoints page.

All letters must carry at least one writer’s name and city of residence. If it is on behalf of a group or organization, that may be stated, but the letter must be from a person(s).

Please include a daytime phone number (not for publication) when submitting your letter.


We will publish letters in the final issue before an election, but not late attacks or charges that cannot be responded to. The editor is responsible for preventing such occurrences, and will err on the side of safety when necessary.

Each person is limited to two letters of a political/campaign nature during the ‘political season,’ which is defined the opening of the first filing period through Election Day.

We do not promise or guarantee that all letters will be published.”

Letters should also be 300 words or less.

They may be emailed to delano@heraldjournal.com by noon Thursday, or mailed to:

Gabe Licht, Editor
PO Box 498
Delano MN 55328

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