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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Allen has the qualities to be a good sheriff
Dedication, service, courage, integrity: These words are embroidered into every uniform patch the sheriff’s deputies of Roanoke city wear. It is imperative that a leader and political candidate have these four characteristics.
The upcoming sheriff’s election is important, not only for taxpaying city residents but for the deputies. I have been a law enforcement officer for 12-plus years and have known candidate Tim Allen since my start. He is a dedicated person and has shown that with his 26 years of service to this community.
Allen has the courage to take on a challenge and proved this in his selflessness and willingness to run for public office. He is also a man of integrity. He always has stood up for what is right and has great leadership qualities.
I am proud of Allen for his willingness to run for sheriff and fix the problems that the sheriff’s office has suffered from for the past eight years. He definitely has the four qualities of dedication, service, courage and integrity.
It would be an honor for the residents of Roanoke to have Allen as sheriff, and for him to wear the city uniform patch with those four important words.
Roanoke Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police
Cruelty charge is not to be believed
Re: “SPCA member faces cruelty charge,” Oct. 12 news story:
I have known Paula (Poo) Wyche for 43 years. She was first described to me as a “turtle mover.” That is a person who stops the car to move a turtle off the road so it won’t get run over.
During the years I have known her, she has rescued, adopted and fostered many animals, giving them a good home and treating them with care and kindness. There is no greater advocate for animal rights than Poo Wyche.
I hope someone is working to find the real reason for this ridiculous charge against her, and that reason and common sense will prevail in Botetourt County.
Obenshain has better record on trafficking
As a wife and citizen, my top concern is the safety and well-being of my family. I believe we need an attorney general who has a proven record of being tough on crime and who has provided substantive plans for how he’d continue to fight crime as attorney general.
Mark Obenshain has led the fight in the Virginia Senate, sponsoring bills that would crack down on gang violence, protect victims of spousal abuse and toughen sentences for child predators. Earlier this year, Obenshain introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat human trafficking and has released a detailed plan for continuing that fight as attorney general. That is why 116 Republican, Democratic and independent sheriffs and prosecutors have endorsed his candidacy.
His opponent, Mark Herring, has never introduced a bill to combat sex trafficking, even though some of the most high-profile cases have occurred in his own senate district. Herring seems more interested in bashing his opponent and running a divisive negative campaign than focusing on the issues that are actually affecting our families.
My vote is for Obenshain.
Voice of moderation a welcome pick-me-up
What a breath of fresh air! Kathleen Parker’s “The marvelous middle” (Oct. 17 column) made my day.
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