Letter to the Editor

Why treat a veteran like this?
I was born in north Peoria in 1934 and have lived in Peoria all of my life, except proudly serving our country and the city of Peoria in the military. The majority of my years were in a foreign country.
I have been involved in the Peoria Historical Society for about 20 years, serving two terms as president, serving as a volunteer during open hours of the museum and at present, I am serving on the Board of Directors.
A few years sago, Councilmember Vicki Hunt was the society president. The rest of the Board called for her resignation as president at a meeting. In my opinion, this was not a pleasant meeting.
The first part of January 2017, a city employee asked that the museum rooms be cleared of display items to allow workers to work on the air conditioner units. Items were pushed to the corners and the wall. Sometime later, I was telling Councilmember Hunt that we were not open because the rooms were not presentable pr the city’s request.
Hunt asked, “Who told you that?”
I felt that she did not believe me.
In May 2017, a new slate of officers was planned for election to take over the society since the “old” board was dormant. Hunt asked me if I was going to attend the election meeting.  I told her no. Someone of the group established a new mailing address, asking for membership dues to be sent to the new address.
The “old” board hired an attorney, as well, and the new board also hired an attorney. The city of Peoria changed locks on the buildings and no one is allowed in. This has been in effect for over a year.
Now the sore spot. There is an honor breakfast for veterans Nov. 9 (this letter was received after that date). I have several military items locked inside the museum and am unable to get them for the breakfast display table.
A city employee told me the city is sorry, but the attorneys still will not allow anyone in the buildings.
How long must we wait for a decision as to who will continue to serve in the museum? My opinion is if the other group with its leader had not tried to take over, the museum would still be open.
Is this any way to treat a veteran who has served his country?
Kenneth P. Johnson

 

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