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Friday, July 24, 2020


The Loon Day Controversy
IGNORANCE DEFEATS GOOD JUDGMENT AND COMMON SENSE
The Mercer Town Board – at least three of the five members – appears to favor money versus the health and safety of community members.  At least it appears that way based on a vote taken at a Friday special Town Board meeting called for “Discussion/Possible Action—Loon Day”.

The three, Chairman John Sendra, Eric Snow and Mike Lambert, voted down a resolution which would have prevented the Mercer Chamber of Commerce from using town property for the August 5 Loon Day because of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. The motion was made by Town Board member Vic Ouimette and seconded by Opal Roberts.  

Ouimette made a strong case for not holding this year’s Loon Day festivities, saying that many area communities have cancelled their popular events in the interest of the health and safety of their residents.  He cited the cancelling of Cranfest in Eagle River, Applefest in Bayfield, Hodag Country Music Fest in Rhinelander, and Musky Days in Boulder Junction. (Ouimette did not mention the cancelling of Milwaukee’s Summerfest.)   Many churches have quit having face-to-face services and now hold only virtual services, he added.

“These events have obvious significant impact on these communities, but the chambers and boards have felt that the health, safety and welfare of their communities are more important in the long run than the economic gain in the short run,” Ouimette said.  He also said that he was “reluctant in making the motion because he was fully aware of the economic importance of these events to the local economy”.  Ouimette had been in business for over 50 years and has served as president of the Mercer and Minocqua Chambers of Commerce.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Iron County has been rapidly rising from just eight two weeks ago to 42 Thursday.

The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce, which voted on Tuesday to proceed with Loon Day, said that it is taking steps to “provide a safe and fun Loon Day on August 5, 2020”.  Among its suggestions are that face masks are strongly encouraged, six feet distances between each vendor will be required, traffic flow will be guided in one way, and no performances will be held.

Sendra made it appear that there was strong community support for holding Loon Day, although the Town Board had received 24 letters (Ouimette received an additional six) and all but one wanted the event cancelled.  Some business owners even suggested that the event be cancelled and said that would not be open that day.  Mercer citizens have commented that proceeding with this year’s Loon Day was “loonacy” and “absolute insanity”.

Sendra rambled through a series of politically motivated comments which played down the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed the importance of the money it brings in to local businesses.  He manages the Cranberry Inn and Motel, which are businesses that will profit from the crowd Loon Day annually attracts.

He and Snow, whose parents own Snow’s Family Market and gas station – other businesses which will benefit -- probably should have abstained from voting on the motion because of conflicts of interest.   But they did not.

Sendra also suggested that the correspondence and comments received from well-meaning citizens not wanting the event to proceed appeared to be orchestrated by a single source because of the similarity of word choices.  He discredited the scientists who have uniformly and consistently warned of the extreme dangers of the disease, and even made fun of the poor pitch at baseball’s opening day game by the nation’s leading health expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

We probably should have expected such nonsense from Sendra as the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths nationwide continue to set new daily records.

 

19 comments:

  1. I thought Mercer School Facts wrote only about school issues. Why is it poking its nose into a town affairs?

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    1. Mercer School FactsJuly 24, 2020 at 3:12 PM

      MSF feels that this is too important an issue to be ignored and that it can affect the school by having to remain closed if Covid-19 cases continue to spiral upward.

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  2. Thank you MSF. You’re the only responsible people that feel the locals have a right to know the TRUTH about happenings in Mercer. Family and friends from around WI and other states heard of the corruption and lack of leadership before we did. Keep up the great work MSF.

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  3. 8 to 42 cases in two weeks! Isn't that a 425% increase?

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  4. How stupid and crazy are you people in Mercer?? You are dealing with peoples lives!!! Is money that important over human lives??
    We won't be coming to your town this year for sure!!!! You better hope for the best and prepare for the worst!!!!

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  5. Tell your friends and neighbors to stay away from Loon Day. The number of Covid-19 cases in Iron County is up to 47. Three Mercer bars and restaurants have been ordered to close because of Covid-19 infected help.

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  6. How did anyone as stupid as Sendra ever get elected?

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    1. By doing what he knows how to do best: LYING. He made up a bunch of lies about his opponent just like he lied when he was working for the guy who said he was going to put a taconite pit mine in Iron County. That turned out to be a scam intended to make a lot of money for the promoters.

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    2. When Sendra comes up for re-election voters need to remember that he is willing to put our lives in danger for the sake of money. Don't worry we'll remind them.

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  7. STAY AWAY FROM LOON DAY IF YOU WANT TO LIVE!!!

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  8. NOW 57 CASES AND A 4THE MERCER RESTAURANT BAR ORDERED TO CLOSE.

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    1. The restaurant and bars were not ordered to close. The Iron County Health Department said that "there were positive patrons" at those establishments. So if they are not closed, do you want to go there?

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    2. Who really wants to go to Mercer in the 1st place? It has such a bad reputation.

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  9. Sendra further displayed his stupidity in responding to a Facebook critic who pointed out Sendra’s lies at the Town Board meeting. Under the heading of Iron County Republican Party, Sendra wrote: “Where was I wrong in THE FACTS I stated? That Andrew Coumo is responsible for 1/3 of the deaths from covid 19 in the US? That Dr. Fauci was wrong on the the majority of his statements? That the media is lying to us…?
    Well, Sendra, you were WRONG with all of your statements. Seems like we have also heard this coming from another warped mind.

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  10. Well, we have 60 cases of the virus in Iron County!! Why would anyone go to "Loon Days" with these increasing numbers!

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  11. It will be interesting to see who shows up. With surrounding events cancelled, many Mercer business' shuttered and no food or entertainment "unique" vendors will likely be in short supply. Tourists and consumers who look forward to the event will likely be a a certain philosophical persuasion, there to make a statement more than to consume offered wares. Regardless the event will contribute to Mercer lore.

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  12. The people of Mercer got rid of Torkelson by getting rid of his corrupt school board. Now we need to do the same with Sendra. It's time to recall him. He has repeatedly shown that he cares only about Sendra. Now he is willing to put our lives at risk just so he can make a buck at his restaurant and motel.

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  13. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THEIR SAFETY, TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO STAY AWAY FROM LOON DAY WEDNESDAY. IRON COUNTY HAS 72 COVID-19 CASES AND THE NUMBER KEEPS INCREASING DAILY. FOUR MERCER BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF IT. ON A PER CAPITA BASIS IRON COUNTY HAS THE MOST CASES IN THE STATE AND IS THE 6TH WORST IN THE NATION.

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    1. What is done is done. Decision made - for better or worse. I hope they considered the future of Loon Days if it leads to a major increase in covid cases. Who will come in the future???? Is it another grand experiment? Go - don't go is up to you. May common sense soon return.

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