From: Cherie Hales
I read Commissioner Don Evanson’s [letter] and was appalled. His statements were inappropriate in every possible way. One would like to think that the responsibility of a member of the Winona County Planning Commission is to come with an open mind, listen to varying points of view, hear people’s concerns and formulate a decision. Not publicly rally people to his own preconceived point of view. And Commissioner Evanson encouraged people to “...carry something to express your support” (for his position)! I quote the Winona County Planning Commission Rules and Procedures for Public Hearings No. 11: “No signs, banners or disruptive media shall be permitted during the meeting proceedings.”
Having read Mr. Evanson’s pieces in the paper over the years, and attended meetings with him, I know that he has a strong personal agenda. He is not someone I feel is open to considering other points of view or working out compromises in the best interests of all county residents. That, coupled with his really egregious piece in the paper, warrants his being immediately dismissed from the Planning Commission and being replaced by someone better able to fulfill the required duties in a more open-minded manner.