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EDITORIAL: Marijuana donation reveals flaws in Ontario systems

Supporters of the Ontario splash pad park review the site earlier this year. (The Enterprise/file)

A project to keep kids happy in the summer has turned into an adult mess in Ontario. Before emotions run any hotter, the Ontario City Council needs to play diplomat Thursday. Ducking the issue would only make matters worse.

It’s hard to imagine how a donation for a good project can be as fouled up as one made for Ontario’s splash pad. Volunteers persuaded the city to build the new park. They backed up their pitch by rounding up local donations toward the cost. Individuals gave. And local businesses such as Treasure Valley Steel and institutions such as the foundation at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center wrote checks, too.

And then came marijuana money. Marty Justus, a local real estate . . .