Sunday, November 16, 2014

City Manager McGinnis Says Grand Haven Won't Remove Dewey Hill Cross

By Brandon Hall
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>>>Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis spoke to the Grand Haven Tribune Friday about the "cross controversy" instigated by Mitch Kahle, an antagonist from Hawaii who profits off of bullying Christians.

Judging by what McGinnis said, the City of Grand Haven has no plans of being bullied into submission by Kahle and his cohorts.

"“I think it's nonsense they would try to impress upon us some arbitrary deadlines that really have nothing to do with the subject at hand,” McGinnis said Friday. 

“That's not something we are held to under any stretch of the imagination. I don't think municipalities taking time to consider requests before them is something set by anybody other than us.”

The article continues:

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis
"McGinnis said he received the e-mail from Americans United on Nov. 5, and received a hard copy of the correspondence earlier this week.
“They did make a lot of demands and requests,” McGinnis said. “We're following up on those in what I think is a perfectly reasonable time frame. I don't know if I will send something today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).”
McGinnis said much of the content in the 14-page letter was “repetitive and redundant.”
“Their entire premise is they want us to destroy somebody else's speech in order for them to speak,” McGinnis said. “We have lots of real estate for them to set up displays. We're not going to tear apart other displays. I don't know why they're making the same requests. Maybe they're just gearing up for some other action.”"
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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