Aldermen fire back at city travel critics
Rapid City Council members who attended a National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., last month fired back Monday at critics who said they should not have gone on the taxpayer-funded trip.
Malcom Chapman and Karen Gundersen Olson have faced considerable criticism for the trip, because neither is running for re-election in June. Chapman, Gundersen Olson and Alderwoman Deb Hadcock traveled to Washington, D.C., in March for a weeklong National League of Cities Congressional City Conference at a cost of about $8,629.
But in the late night hours of Monday’s council meeting, the aldermen defended their trip during a heated discussion of city travel, outlining the numerous classes attended, the congressional lobbying done and its value to the city as a whole.
“Believe it or not, Rapid City, we don’t own every great idea that’s out there,” Chapman said. “Somebody outside of Rapid City might have a good idea as well.”
(I think it should be said that we DO own many, many bad ideas, and that the only cure for that is to educate ourselves -- travel being a sure way to help with that.)
(More at the RC Journal site)