I am writing in regard to the letter to the editor this past week from Mike Mason in which he viciously attacked County Commissioner Bruce Hovde.
Mike and I have butted heads for a decade over a number of community issues.
While I have frequently disagreed with his positions I have always, privately and publically, defended his rights. He and I have always been able to have civil and respectful conversations.
However, he crossed the line this time and I am forced to say he has NO right to attempt to destroy Commissioner Hovde's reputation with the outrageous accusation that he has been engaged in an active campaign to drive a particular religious or cultural group of people from our county, the Mennonites. There is absolutely no documentation that exists showing the number of Mennonites in our county was reduced by 50% during Hovde's first term in office.
There is also absolutely no record or action taken by Hovde that he has some kind of vendetta against Mennonites or any other group. In fact, Hovde and his fellow commissioners have endured extensive time and expenses in defending the Hostetlers' right to operate their laying operation with a Specific Development permit. Furthermore, the decision of the court has nothing to do with state or county regulations regarding the "right to farm" since the court and the county have concluded that this is not farming, but an industrial production facility.
At the very least Mike owes Commissioner Hovde a profound public apology. He had better hope that Hovde does not exercise his right to sue for this very libelous accusation.
Then he moves to the laughable suggestion that Commissioner Hovde is responsible for property devaluation. What rock has Mike been living under? Everyone knows that with the national financial meltdown in late 2008 everyone's property values have gone down. I doubt that a Delta County commissioner can be the cause of a national collapse of property values.
In Mike's always negative world, anyone who disagrees with him is wrong. He continually tries to paint the majority of this county as being the disciples of some evil conspiracy to rob him of his constitutional rights; at least as he interprets them. Please note I said MAJORITY of the citizens of Delta County. I do have the documentation to back that up; it is the severe beatings Mason has taken in his attempts to be elected to local public office.
Once again he is offering himself as a candidate for our school board in the upcoming general election. Though he has been firmly rejected by the citizens of Delta County on several occasions, he continues to try to force his extreme views on us. What does it take for him to get the message? The majority of Delta County citizens do not share his perception that the rest of us are evil.
Voters of Delta County, please once again send Mr. Mason the message, NO. The last place we need someone who would so baselessly accuse one of us as being a bigot is on our school board.
Thomas H. Huerkamp