In a recent letter published in local newspapers, Bob Scanlan endorsed Teresa Walter's bid for reelection as Houston County Commissioner. We found his perspective interesting, particularly his comments regarding her "good decisions that benefit the county as a whole," "morally and fiscally responsible decisions," "efficient implementation of ordinances," "common sense mind set," and "solutions based on input from ... her constituents."
Given Mr. Scanlan's former position as Houston County Zoning Administrator, his comments could have some merit if it were not for the controversies about his own job performance in that position, which is public record. His endorsement is a red flag for going back to the days when ordinances were "efficiently implemented" by not applying them consistently and fairly.
Regarding Teresa's decision-making, we have a much different perspective. She appears to have difficulty making up her own mind, often changes her position on issues for no apparent reason and when questioned, she does not provide a clear, reasonable answer. Her support of consistent increases in taxes and major expenditures over more cost-effective options does not reflect being 'fiscally responsible' or using a 'common sense mindset'.
As for finding solutions based on input from her constituents, it appears to us that Teresa is selective in both the input she considers and the constituents she listens to. We've sent e-mails to all the commissioners to provide feedback on significant issues under discussion, trusting our input would be considered along with others. Unfortunately, we've received notifications that Teresa deleted several of our e-mails without reading them. We cannot trust Teresa to represent all her constituents and consider all input when making decisions.
While Teresa has provided several years of service, she is not a "true" leader. Your vote for Ken Visger will provide 'true' leadership and ethical, rational, trustworthy decision-making.
Jim and Cindy Hobelsberger, La Crescent