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Letter: Piepkorn's attitude is an embarrassment

Members of the Fargo Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors write, "He rails against people who have been marginalized and stereotyped their whole lives and states, 'We should just get rid of them' rather than support resources that assist in making their lives better. He rails against benches on downtown sidewalks because sometimes the wrong people sit on them."

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City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn’s attitude toward people he views as unworthy is an embarrassment to the city of Fargo and an affront to we residents who call downtown our home.

He rails against downtown as being a dangerous and vile place. He rails against people who have been marginalized and stereotyped their whole lives and states, “We should just get rid of them” rather than support resources that assist in making their lives better. He rails against benches on downtown sidewalks because sometimes the wrong people sit on them.

We, the Downtown Neighborhood Association board of directors, want everyone to know that downtown is a wonderful place to live and to enjoy. Downtown is not suburbia, and that is why we want to be here. We invite you to join us. And by the way, when you come downtown and see someone sitting on a bench, say hello.

Paul Gleye, Allison Grippe, Linda Hogan, Josh Hoper, Taylor Lavoi, Erica Rapp and Cody Schuler are Fargo Downtown Neighborhood Association board members.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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