Roosevelt Library Under Debate
Residents of North Dakota, notably those of Medora are debating whether to spend the money to build a library honoring President Theodore Roosevelt.
The Bismarck Tribune notes the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt looms large in the area. Shaken by the grief of losing his wife and mother in the same day, Roosevelt came to the area in 1883 to embrace the Western lifestyle. Historians say his stay in the Dakotas helped forge the "rugged" image that served him well as President.
Gov. Doug Burgum has proposed the use of $50 million of Legacy Fund earnings (with $100 million in private donations) to build the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum at the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park's South Unit.
The reaction of Medora residents has been mixed. While many support the idea, many have expressed concern about the costs and the potential crowds.
Others have noted that given the state's limited tourist season (due to the long winters), it's questionable whether the museum would draw enough tourists to justify the costs.
Still others question whether Roosevelt - accused of being a warmonger and racist - merits the honor.
The controversy is just getting underway. Stay tuned...
[Source: Bismarck Tribune]