District 2 in Houston County is fortunate to have had Justin Zmyewski as its commissioner for the last eight years.

Everything he does in that capacity is for the good of Houston County and the betterment of its government. He is energetic, tenacious and consistent in pursuing clear conservative, objectives. No commissioner has worked as hard to establish and maintain financial sanity, prevent industrial frac sand mining or lower our taxes.

In my opinion, that’s as good as it gets. Only a fool would say, “Doc, my health has been steadily improving for eight years. It’s time for a change.”

Eric Johnson, his opponent, does not embrace full disclosure, which is why he has no interest in a public debate with Zmyewski. Those who follow county politics know that his primary reason for running for county commissioner is to promote industrial frac sand mining, also known as “the few extracting so much from so many.”

Permanently depreciating the consummate value of Houston County financially, aesthetically and environmentally is brushed off as nothing more than an acceptable cost of doing business. So when Johnson says, “We deserve better than the status quo,” quite likely we are not you and me.

Promising resource protection while promoting industrial frac sand mining is a classic oxymoron. Professing love, for that which you can hardly wait to grossly abuse, is equally absurd.

Kent Holen, Houston, Minn.

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