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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Mar 25, 2008

The old saying — “You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” — came to mind Friday when the Estherville Daily News received an unsigned letter that thrust an entirely new issue into the limelight in regard to the topic of residency requirement.

The neatly typed paper issued a complaint that is the flip side concerning employees of the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District. This correspondence rankled the newsroom for two reasons.

First, the letter was not signed; therefore cannot be published.

And two, hey folks! You cannot have it both ways. The letter pointed out the author’s dissatisfaction on how so many employees of the ELC School District are related to others employed by the school system. The complaint cut to the heart of the matter as a form of nepotism.

So we ask, so does it really matter if relatives belonging to various individual families are school employees? In every family listed in that missive, the Estherville Daily News discovered a common thread … they are residents of the ELC Community School District!

They are your neighbors who patronize local businesses and services. Most important, they are paying into the same tax base the rest of us are.

So for all of you who wish that every employee of the City of Estherville, Emmet County and ELC CSD reside in the proper entity, remember this. It can only mean employee selection becomes limited.

As long as the best qualified candidates were hired and are doing their job, it should not matter if their spouse, child, sibling, cousin, parent, aunt, uncle or any other kind of relative has the same employer.

The only thing that should matter is if they reside within the proper boundaries and are doing the best job possible.