Hogan doesn’t let facts get in way of bullying

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 22 2014 | 12:45 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:00 am in

I am writing to correct the record of Dwight Hogan’s Feb. 16 letter “Thank you to Marion Council for getting it right.”

While more than 100 Marion voters signed the residency challenge petition, we respect the council’s decision to leave the mayor in office. As usual, Hogan is not letting the facts get in the way of his bullying on behalf of the mayor.

First, Marion citizens are not obligated to pay for the mayor’s legal defense. Spreading this lie and repeating it often will not make it come true. Mayor Bouska chose to hire legal counsel.

It was not required to answer the people’s petition. Our mayor now has the gall (via his surrogates) to ask Marion citizens to pick up the tab on his behalf.

Second, Hogan cannot explain any reason why Marion’s mayor would still claim his homestead and veteran’s exemptions on his Hiawatha home.

This is no accident. He has to sign an affidavit that this is his primary residence every year. Even his property management company (which owns his house in Marion) uses his home mailing address in Hiawatha.

Lastly, the mayor and his wife have testified publicly, and under oath that they live apart. While we appreciate the “sacrifice” they are making, I would encourage the mayor to use his influence to persuade his wife and his dog to move to Marion. Or maybe Hogan could do that for him, too?

Frivolity is in the eye of the beholder.

Jodi Treharne



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