I moved to Randolph in October, excited about the opportunity to bring good jobs to the area. Our country at that time was witnessing an election that focused on the economy and jobs. The recent letters to the editor of the Cannon Falls Beacon opposing jobs and growth in Randolph have been shocking and sad. Recovery Technology Solutions, being a Minnesota based company, wanted their flagship facility to be placed here in Minnesota. Randolph has a chance to make history. A chance to build toward the future instead of turning away opportunity.
I understand the concerns of retired citizens enjoying their golden years by the lake being overly protective. Please understand that I was raised on a small family farm in Iowa and have enjoyed a lifetime of sports fishing. We owe it to our children to pass on the love of going fishing and that is why the EPA and the State of Minnesota have agencies that set regulations and carefully enforce these rules. What these retired citizens often fail to realize is the need for decent jobs to fund the next generation. Just because they have reached their golden years, many citizens are just starting families and without opportunity, they will move away.
What I don't understand is the mayor of Randolph. He might be the only mayor in America who is against jobs and progress. Randolph is fortunate to have a major metropolitan area nearby. Small towns in Iowa without jobs see the younger generation move away and watch the houses sit empty as the elderly grow old and die. The mayor of Randolph fails to understand jobs will help the school district. I hope the citizens of Randolph will let the mayor know he is wrong to turn away 20-22 good jobs.
We must all respect the mayor's opinion, but he must also answer to the children of Randolph that desire a future, like their parents, living in a small town and buying a home. At the moment, the mayor's message is clear..."sorry kids, no jobs for you."