In a recent letter published in local newspapers, Bob Scanlan endorsed Teresa Walter’s bid for reelection as Houston County commissioner and described her as a true leader, commenting about her “good decisions that benefit the county as a whole,” “morally and fiscally responsible decisions,” “efficient implementation of ordinances,” “common-sense mindset” and “solutions based on input from…her constituents.”

Given Scanlan’s former position as zoning administrator, his comments could have some merit if it weren’t 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, our perspective is much different. She appears to have difficulty making up her own mind and often changes her position on issues for no apparent reason. 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 considering input from her constituents, it appears Teresa is selective in both the input and her constituents. We’ve sent emails to all commissioners to provide feedback on significant issues under discussion, trusting our input would be considered, but received notifications that Teresa deleted several emails without reading them. We cannot trust Teresa to represent all constituents and consider all input when making decisions.

Ken Visger will provide true leadership and ethical, rational, trustworthy decision-making.

Jim and Cindy Hobelsberger, La Crescent

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