Letter to the editor: The roundhouse represents Lake County history
By: From April M. Laakkonen, Two Harbors, Lake County News Chronicle
First off, let me say what a wonderful letter W.A. Stokinger wrote to the editor about the “Roundhouse” issue. I personally love the history of Lake County, not just Two Harbors. My grandfather worked for DWP for over 50 years until he retired and railroads are in my blood. My mom, Donna, even grew up in a section house owned by the railroad. So to find out we have a roundhouse that can be preserved and they want to do what to it? Tear it down? Yet it would provide jobs, is a national historic site (I thought it was against federal law to destroy) and would be fascinating to explore! Wow. I truly do live in a different town than the one in which I grew up. Gone are educational tools of our past. Gone is the respect and honor of those that came before us. All that seems to matter is greed and the bottom line. Period. The City Council should be ashamed of itself, for they too had ancestors and grandparents that sacrificed and toiled, perhaps even died for this sort of progress. Now they want to tear it down? Why?
What about using the roundhouse for Mr.Ilse’s purposes, as well as for storage and creating future jobs? Do we care so little about the past and our future that we disrespect it now for a few bucks? I find myself saddened and sickened at the thought of this. Not only is our
city making a selfish choice, but one that I’m not sure is even federally legal. I could be wrong. I hope someone checks into it as they did for the other archaeological dig that took place. We lost our honking tree. We’ve lost other historical buildings. What about preservation, respect, and paying homage to our past and our roots? You’d never be allowed to just tear down something this old in other states or in Washington D.C. Shame on the city leaders for throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It is truly sickening these days what some will do for money. If we are that short of funding, I suggest we skip the mayor’s almighty block party. Save the Roundhouse! Save our past! Honor those that worked so hard to get us to where we are! Please support our community. Ties are all we have left of the past.