Letter: Theodore Roosevelt Library proposals are gaudy and don't accurately represent the man
The proposed Theodore Roosevelt Library near Medora rumbled closer to a reality with last week's Forum story and architect proposals. Perhaps I speak only for myself, but it seems many North Dakotans aren't climbing on this bandwagon with the appropriate enthusiasm. I think these architect drawings prove why: this center is more about gaudy display of too much money than it is about a wonderful leader who was proud to call North Dakota home.
I would much rather see a cottonwood log recreation of Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch headquarters than a concrete berm jutting out of a Badland outcropping. I also think if this project was attempted 80 years ago it would be a statewide effort, probably complete with elementary children bringing dimes to a local school fundraiser and after several years of campaigning and citizen participation, all North Dakotans would take pride in the project. The current approach is a cramdown from above: a process and fact that Roosevelt would be more than disappointed in.
Come on, North Dakota. This center is an opportunity to show the world we have more imagination than imagining how big a check can be written. Or was Roosevelt wrong in his love and belief in North Dakota's potential?