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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Bellows is a True Public Servant

Letter writer: "The purpose of this letter is not to disparage any candidate for city government in Lakeville, but to tell just a bit about my professional dealings with Mark Bellows."

To the editor,

I would like to share my experience and thoughts on working with Mark Bellows in his professional life.

As many of you know, Mark serves as a pastor at Hope Community Church in Lakeville. I have had the pleasure of working with him, not only as clergy at funeral services, but also through his work as chaplain for the Lakeville Police Department.

The purpose of this letter is not to disparage any candidate for city government in Lakeville, but to tell just a bit about my professional dealings with Mark Bellows. We have called Mark on many occasions over the years to help officiate funerals when a family, suffering a loss, is in need of pastoral care or not affiliated with a church. Mark has shown grace and respect in the most difficult of situations. He is mindful of the needs of others and in pressure situations, he is sensitive, patient, and levelheaded.

Mark’s ability to adjust to a multitude of different situations and different people truly sets him apart; his character is befitting a strong leader.

His personality traits are what I am looking for when considering who will be making important decisions that affect my life and the direction of my community. Mark has dedicated his life to serving others- through his church and counseling, through working with people in some of the most painful times of their lives, and through his work as a responsible and faithful servant as Mayor in Lakeville. I wish him all the best in his professional and political endeavors.

James J. White, Lakeville

michael bischel October 24, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Well said Jimmy!
jessewicks October 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I agree with most of what you have said James. It's Mark's calling of being a chaplain or a preacher. He comes off as kind and caring in those roles. It's a great quality and thankless job to be involved in those titles, but that's where it all stops. Those chaplain and preacher roles work for him because they tend to be less authoritative than being a mayor. We have given Mark the opportunity to serve us as Mayor of Lakeville and he's rarely willing to work out compromises with our elected council members. He is usually only willing to employ ideas that are his and his alone. I've been witness to each of the Lakeville council meetings and Mr. Bellows constantly becomes arrogant and refuses to acknowlege his own shortcomings based on the advisements of his fellow council members. Many of us feel the job of mayor has gone to Mark's head. We elected him to work with all council members but he chooses to chastise them rather than listening to them. Enough is enough and it's time for him to move on. We find Matt, as well as Laurie as suitable candidates.
resident October 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mr. White, your comments may be apropriate to endorse the pastor, however as mayor Mr. Bellow has pruven to be a poor choice.
Jim White October 25, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I believe the character in our professional lives carries over to a persons political life. I have not seen the arrogant Mark Bellows; in fact, I would say Mark is the antithesis of arrogant. I believe in a city government (not to mention state and national) that is fiscally responsible and I believe Mark Bellows feels the same. Any government body will have dissenting opinions on different issues and we hope that those that hold our ideals most closely, fight for those ideals. Respectfully Jim
jessewicks October 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Jim, Thanks again for your viewpoint, but again, if you want to see the other side of Mark Bellows, just ponder a look at the videos of him chastising his fellow council members. If that is not arrogance, then nothing is! Furthermore, if you lied like Mark lied about fellow staffers to the point of getting the city sued, you would not have the reputation you have today. All that was needed was an apology from Bellows but not him, he never makes a mistake apparently. We have had enough of him... time for him to preach somewhere else.
Charlie Gerk October 25, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Rarely willing to work out compromise? Are you kidding me? The voting records do not lie. In the past two years there have been a lot of 4-1 votes, with Matt Little being the one unwilling to compromise.
jessewicks October 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
No Charlie, We are not kidding you. Just see it for yourself! All you need to do is go back and watch each of the video sessions of their council meetings. Preacher Bellows is smug and arrogant. Just one of many examples was when Laurie brought up to Mark Bellows how the council should conduct themselves in respect to the citizens they are to serve, Mark refused to acknowledge her, and instead, just asked if there was any other business. When Matt Little requested to speak on a motion, Bellows just ignored him and kept calling for the motion until a fellow council member had to acknowledge Mr. Little because Mark refused to. What a jerk! And Charlie, are you also going to attempt to justify Mark getting the city sued for him attempting to damage a staffer's character by calling her a liar. He only needed to say he was sorry, or he didn't mean what he said, but no, the city ended up having to pay for her attorney expenses and we are lucky that was all. Bellows already blew $25,000 of our money on an unneeded study because he didn't trust his council to do the math. Go figure. As I said, we think its time for him to go, he's way overdue, we can't take him anymore.
Billy October 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Jesse, get your head out of the sand. The $25000 spent on the liquor survey was more than basic math. If little is getting tired of people saying he lacks experience, THE REST OF THE COUNCIL is getting tired of the LITTLE camp calling it basic math. The basic math saved $3,000,000.
Billy October 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Little is the only member on the council who wants to build on a development plan from 1990 instead of spending 60000 on a professionally done study. Would he learn his lesson by voting against the liquor study and the only one voting against the finance panel. There is a reason people hire experts-they are experts. Little should understand the need of a professional - that's why he is becoming a lawyer. He supposedly worked full time at a law firm that files lawsuits relating to accidents. In Little's world one should just represent themselves - they don't need to hire an expert

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