To the editor:

Louie Klemp recently resigned from the Leavenworth County Commission. Now that this is over and done with, I would like to share a different perspective.

Louie and I have had a contentious relationship over the many years we have known each other. But I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to him for the many years he and his family have volunteered in our communities.

On Nov. 13, I sat along with others in the Leavenworth County Commission chambers. I was there primarily to register the outcome of the election. As a member of the Leavenworth County Planning Commission, I was also interested in the discussion regarding County Road 1. Louie did most of the talking. Louie was concerned that the plan did not offer any return on investment for the whole county, which had funded the County Road 1 development 10-plus years ago. He asked several times why the stakeholders only included the area within 1.5 miles of County Road 1. He wanted it rezoned to industrial to help offset our ever increasing property taxes. It was evident that this discussion was not going in a positive direction. He said he would not vote for it.

When he uttered those fateful words – “Super Heroes” would have been a better choice – I perceived that no malice was intended. I believe his intention was to lighten the mood in the room.

The Klemp family came to Leavenworth in the 1860s, so I am not surprised that Louie loves the Leavenworth area and wants the best for the community. His methods on how to get to the end goal may not be your methods or mine, but the intent is the same.

He joined the Navy. Coming from an Army town that’s a pretty brave thing to do. Thank you for your military service.

He has worked on many projects that have benefited many of us, including the Carousel Museum. He promoted and coached soccer and formed Leavenworth County Concerned Taxpayers, just to mention a few.

I am saddened that the information provided in media sound bites developed into a national event. Now in my time of reflection and maybe in yours, we can move forward with newly elected officials, wishing them luck as we also say thank you for your service to the community Louie Klemp. 

For clarification purposes, Louie was always against the expansion of the Leavenworth County Commission.