Some in Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s hometown want to delay erecting a statue of the Senator.
As some of you may know, the city of McCook, Nebraska, hometown to Earl Benjamin Nelson, decided to erect a statue to honor Nebraska’s senior Senator, to be placed on the front lawn of his boyhood home.
The statue will feature a young Nelson, just being honored as an Eagle Scout — flanked by his parents.
Dick Trail, former councilman, county commissioner and current columnist in the McCook Gazette “asked for a delay of the artwork, in light of recent sentiment.” But…
That would not be possible, responded City Attorney Nate Schneider, as the contract designates that the sculptures be completed by a specific date.
Mark Graff, treasurer of the Nebraska Community Foundation, weighed in and said he understood that many people may feel disappointed with Nelson now, but from the Foundation’s standpoint, the artwork signifies more than just the senator but the importance of family and community involvement on youth.
The Council has also received a number of calls demanding that no city funds be used for the artwork.
None will be used.