To the Staff and Patrons of the Madison Public Library:
I apologize for behaving like a jerk last night.
After adjourning last night's Lake Herman Sanitary District meeting, I chewed out fellow board member Larry Dirks. He chewed back. Our exchange was loud and childish. (Yes, at one point, it really did devolve to "No I didn't!—Yes you did!") We carried on this dispute in the meeting room, the main entryway, and outdoors on the front steps and sidewalk.
I regret that this exchange took place in the Madison Public Library. I generally have great respect for the sacred, contemplative quiet of libraries. Residents young and old gather in the library to read, think, and relax in peace. Our public library also extends the courtesy of using its meeting space to civic groups like our sanitary district, with the expectation that our meetings will serve the public good. I disrespected that quiet and that courtesy. I thought only about the dispute at hand and not about the good people not involved in the dispute. With my raised voice, I caused distraction and discomfort for library staff and patrons.
Having a loud personal argument in a public library is irresponsible and unneighborly. Again, I apologize to the staff and patrons of the Madison Public Library for my uncivil behavior. In the future, I will keep all such vocal disputes outside of the library.
Cory Allen Heidelberger
Lake Herman, SD
—e-mailed to the Madison Public Library 2009.09.17 08:05 CDT
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