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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: On the RV park, and ‘NIMBY!’ people

  • Actions speak louder than words. That’s easier said than done.
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  •     Actions speak louder than words. That’s easier said than done.   
        Those two well-known sayings come to mind in the midst of the city’s pursuit, with the support of a private developer as well as American Crystal Sugar, of an RV park in Castle Park that will house temporary Crystal workers during the fall sugar beet harvest, and tourists for most of the rest of the year.   
        If you lived near Castle Park, would you want the RV park located in the vicinity of your home and in what you’ve long known as your neighborhood park? Or maybe the better way to word the question is, if you were given a choice between having the RV park near your home and in your park or not having it located near your home and in your park, which would you choose?   
        You’d choose having the RV park located somewhere else, that’s what you’d choose.   
        Unofficially, that would mean you’re taking a NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard!) stance, and those who cry NIMBY aren’t always looked upon as being the most open-minded people in the world.   
        And it’s so easy to point accusing, even condescending fingers at those who cry NIMBY and, especially, those who take a stand against something but are maybe a little apprehensive about admitting that they simply don’t want the “something” near them, whatever that “something” may be.   
        Certainly, Crookston needs a new campground and has needed one for a long time. But who has the six figures or even seven figures necessary to make it happen? You won’t find that kind of disposable cash in the city’s budget.   
        So here comes the developer, Jeremy Jennen, with backing from American Crystal, to do a bigger campground than the city ever had in mind, because it has a secondary function beyond simply bringing tourists to camp for a bit in Crookston.   
        Apparently, several potential sites have been studied and Castle Park looks like the best one. It also looks like this is going to happen, no matter how vocal the opposition is.   
        And maybe that’s OK. For the good of the community, right?   
        But, assuming this RV park becomes reality, let’s try a little understanding, shall we? Let us not judge the NIMBY people, but instead try a little empathy.   
    Page 2 of 2 -     It’s easy, after all, to say that you would have no problem with this RV park being located near your home...when you know there is no chance of it actually being located near your home.
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