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Patocka responds to Jenson letter

November 7, 2014
Estherville News

Letter to the Editor:

RE: Voting Advice of a Past Emmet County Supervisor

Mr. Jenson offered his advice in his October 31 Letter to the Editor, "Before you cast your vote, ask yourself-is this individual strong enough to represent my interests."

I would hope that Emmet County citizens, before and during any Supervisor's term, would frequently ask themselves, "Are these individuals strong enough to be fair, to be honest and to represent what is in the best interest of all the citizens of our county community?"

Almost everyone seems to abhor paying taxes. Throughout the political system, the game has become a pursuit to find money "somewhere else" to pay for something that primarily benefits the more vocal, more influential or more well-connected constituents.

Strong individuals are needed on our county team to intelligently discern the vital priorities from the "nice to have" priorities. Issues of money or governmental authority ("because we can") are not the only considerations in good decision-making. The management responsibilities of determining the parameters surrounding an issue, and then charting a common sense, legal course of action are often thankless tasks.

Simplicity and decisiveness are noble goals, but hasty decisions do not ensure a broader perspective of all the details. Open communication, followed by good documentation in the public record are absolutely necessary.

Helping people synthesize informed decisions is the essence of education and good government.

Roger R. Patocka, P.E.,

Estherville

 
 
 

 

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