When A.J. Kern announced that she was primarying Tom Emmer this past summer, the St. Cloud Times forced her to quit writing her monthly column for them. The Times must selectively enforce their policies because Natalie Ringsmuth is running for the ISD 742 school board but she’s still writing her monthly column.
This month, Ringsmuth’s column reads more like a hit piece against Liz Baklaich, who is a city council candidate. Early in her hit piece, Ringsmuth said that she “is always up for a good community conversation — and not just one where everyone agrees with me.”
Actually, that’s pretty much the only kind of “community conversation” that Natalie prefers. The only other kind that she prefers are where her ideological opponents are outnumbered by a wide margin.
Ms. Ringsmuth doesn’t have the integrity to step aside from her column. She’d rather still use it to attack people who oppose her #UniteCloud agenda. That’s Ms. Baklaich’s ‘sin’. She’d much prefer Steve Laraway, a spineless councilman, to represent St. Cloud’s 2nd Ward on St. Cloud’s City Council. Laraway has totally bought into #UniteCloud’s agenda. Why wouldn’t Ringsmuth run interference for her ally?
The truth is that the Times should apologize for this decision. Further, they should immediately publish a rebuttal to Ringsmuth’s hit piece.