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Sat, Aug. 24

Editorial: Fresh start badly needed on Mago Earth Park project

Certainly, the folks from Mago Earth Park and Tao Fellowship are well within their rights to appeal Monday’s Planning & Zoning decision to the City Council.

But we would hope they would choose otherwise.

If ever there was a land development issue that needed a fresh start, this is it.

The 50-foot tall Mago Mother Earth statue, and the conditions under which it was erected, has been a public relations nightmare for both the Tao Fellowship and the City of Cottonwood. The issue has created too much conflict and ill will in the community, not to mention behavior for which a lot of people should be embarrassed.

The sooner the statue comes down, the sooner we can all look at this issue with a new set of eyes.

The folks from the Tao Fellowship need to provide the city with a clear and detailed master plan of how they want to see their property at SR 89A and Bill Gray Road developed. Then, once the master planning processes have been completed, they need to stick with the plan to the letter.

As for the community, we need to realize and understand that the Tao Fellowship/Mago Earth Park is the property owner and they should be allowed to develop their property. We all can do a better job of putting cultural and religious differences aside and treat each other with more respect and courtesy.

It’s time for a fresh start, a new approach and clear communication on how this part of our community will be developed.

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