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LETTER: Documents tell whole story of Albert-Oakland Park

Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 11:51 a.m. CDT; updated 11:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 17, 2009

*Corrections: The proposed ordinance number is 47-72. This letter previously misstated the ordinance number.
** Two sentences originally written with this letter were omitted. The two sentences have been restored and appear below.

I write in response to George Kennedy’s Columbia Missourian Opinion piece of Sept. 4-5. He notes that he spent two hours in our home and then gives a Freudian diagnosis that my husband is “obsessed.” Mr. Kennedy does not explain what should be the proper family response to the removal of the Albert name from a park that was the largest donation of park land in the 138-year history of Columbia at that time. He does not tell the reader the whole story of the documents presented to him. For example, Ray Beck’s e-mail ordering staff to change the name, or the inner office memo justifying his actions, or Resolution 24-72 and *Ordinance 47-72, both passed unanimously in 1972 stating, ”Columbia, Missouri is developing a public park facility to be known as the Albert-Oakland Park.” Ironically, Albert-Oakland Park is the only park in the history of the city to be named by both resolution and ordinance.

With great effort and the good work of council members, the name and history were restored. The name “Albert-Oakland Park” was put back on signs, maps, fliers and the Web site. The dedication plaque for the Albert-Oakland Municipal Pool was recast and placed back on the building.

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We have been working on the ordinance to make it a misdemeanor for staff to make false statements or deliver false documents in the council chambers. **All power of this process would be given to the council. We support truth in government. Honesty costs nothing. We are only the most recent victims of this sad, immoral practice. Three examples were documented and given to Mr. Kennedy. Why would anyone oppose the truth? What harm would truth in government do? We ask that he post online, in chronological order, the documents he was given for all to see. Truth in journalism costs nothing in cyberspace. Let the documents speak for themselves. Let the readers decide.


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Jason Entermyer September 17, 2009 | 8:50 a.m.

I don't think George Kennedy knew what "obsessed" was when speaking about Curt Albert. I think that Patrice Albert just redefined it and added her picture next to the word "obsessed" in the dictionary. Knowing patriarch Paul Albert, a regular "commentator" at city council meetings, you can tell the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this family.

I sure hope you printed everything they wanted this time so we don't have to read this again.

Largest park land donation in the 138 year history? I think not. Heck, I don't think Columbia even had a park dept that long.

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