What’s really driving Marion mayor critics?

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 28 2014 | 1:54 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:18 am in

A folksy former coach from my alma mater was fond of saying he needed to “scratch where it itched” to be more effective. This Marion mayor issue seems to be a case of exactly the opposite, in reference to Jodi Treharne’s Feb. 23 letter “(Dwight) Hogan doesn’t let facts get in way of bullying.”

This residency issue has been visited twice (once when he ran and again at a hearing) with the same result — he is qualified to be our mayor. The Iowa code perhaps was written in a somewhat vague manner, possibly purposely to encourage participation. I attended the three-hour Marion hearing, and the evidence presented seemed strongly tilted toward allowing part-time residency.

That said, the question becomes: What is the real bone of contention this party has with our mayor? I have asked several of my longtime local Marion High School alums for guidance here, to no avail. Did this guy toss dog poo on their lawn, cut them off on the road or serve them to a melted sour dairy treat? What is the real deal here? I’m “itching” to know.

I am a 1960 Marion High School graduate who recently retired here from California employment, and I don’t really have a dog in the hunt. I don’t know this mayor personally and have never met the man, so the tag of “surrogate” is certainly not much of a match for me, perhaps Dwight Hogan. My only pale match is that we served in Vietnam about the same time, never to cross paths.

Tom Spratt



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