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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Vote for Akins for city sheriff
Commitment, community, character: These are the components vital to any public figure. That is why Travis Akins is the best-qualified candidate for Roanoke City Sheriff.
Akins will restore public value to this office through improved quality-of-life projects within our communities. He will be accountable to the residents, building on established relationships and utilizing technology to oversee the transition of discharged inmates back into society.
Making this choice for the office of sheriff is important for the future of Roanoke. As a law enforcement officer, Akins is grounded in public service, taking pride in all communities to make them safer places to work, live and play.
As Roanoke sheriff, he will continue this objective. For those who may be concerned about his independent status, please note that approximately half of all Virginia sheriffs are independents (Virginia Sheriff’s Association, 2013).
Akins will serve the people in a bipartisan capacity that seems to be lost in today’s political world. I ask you to make a vote for progress: Vote for Akins on Nov. 5.
Return Holland as commissioner
Re-elect Sherman Holland as Roanoke’s commissioner of the revenue.
It has been a privilege and an honor to have pastored and known a person of integrity, leadership and respect. He is the best candidate for Roanoke’s commissioner of the revenue.
He has a proven track record in the last 16 years that has given quality and stability to the office of commissioner.
How do I know this? Because I have been his pastor for 18 years. Sixteen of those were spent in the public’s eye, and he has remained solid in his values as a person and public leader. Holland is a family man and star citizen of Roanoke.
I encourage the residents of Roanoke to cast their votes for Holland in November’s election.
JOHNNY R. STONE
Young writer should aspire to tolerance
I applaud Caleb Slabach’s effort at thinking logically about homosexuality, but there are some elements missing in his analysis (“An exercise in logic and theology,” commentary, Oct. 9). Since the worst thing he can say about homosexuals is that they want equal rights, and this makes them criminal, some questions arise.
Doesn’t he want equal rights? Would he be willing to be a second-class citizen for any reason? The color of his skin, his political or religious beliefs, or his sexual orientation? Would he willingly consider himself evil for any reason? Just because someone else did?
Tolerance is less sexy, but tolerance makes a society work. Intolerance is a means to power. It was used against black people in this country and South Africa, and against Jewish people, most notoriously in Hitler’s Germany. Did it make those societies better? We see people who look different or believe differently as not human. Then we can justify persecuting them. Jesus said in the New Testament, What you do to the least of these, you do to me.
I hope Slabach keeps trying to think logically. I’d like to hear the results.
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