Letters to the Editor for the week of July 19

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Yard signs stolen—dirty politics
The campaign for the Levy County judgeship is one of the most important local elections we have. Everyone can vote in this one, no matter what his or her party affiliation, and in the case of the election in the primary in August, the judgeship will be decided then. Every person in Levy County faces the possibility of having an acquaintance, friend or family member who will come before the court. We need a judge who is fair and respectful of those who come before it. Someone is so desperate for the incumbent to win that he (or she) is stealing the signs of the challenger. Name recognition is a must for any challenger, so having her signs stolen is a major blow to her campaign. Although the challenger is known throughout the county—by many for whom she has written basic wills for free—she has a broad area to cover. Signage is important .I, myself, saw that yard signs I put up at intersections were removed. Other signs at the same locations, including one for the incumbent, were left in place. This has happened in multiple locations, primarily in Williston. Two weeks ago one of her big signs was stolen. I  am hopeful that voters will not do something for which I have been guilty on occasion in the past. You get to the judge race on the ballot and think, I don’t know any of these people so I’ll just vote for the incumbent. I haven’t heard anything bad about him. Both candidates have websites. Please get to know the candidates. Your newspaper is also a good place to go for information. Cyndee Munkittrick has been a property owner in Levy County for 40 years. Her children went to Levy County public schools. She is not one of the good ol’ boys, but she understands Levy Countians and the problems they face.
Drollene P. Brown,

Endorses Sullivan
Levy County residents have the opportunity to directly affect the safety of themselves, their families, neighbors, schools, businesses, property and  our pets when we vote for the critical position of Levy County Sheriff.  Our new Sheriff requires the highest level of qualifications in the many diverse components of law enforcement.  The Sheriff should come to the position with academic training and certification and a record of field, administration and correction experiences.  He/she needs to know how the deputies think and feel and know their concerns and be supportive of their safety and what they need to do their jobs.  He has to surround himself with a command staff of good and ethical people who will follow his lead but are comfortable in making recommendations.  He needs to know what to keep, change, add, and improve and how to wisely spend our taxpayer dollars.  His office needs to maintain accurate data and respond to citizens in a helpful and caring manner.  He has to maintain professional standards in solving and preventing criminal acts and know when to ask for and offer help to other local, state or federal public safety agencies.   We should trust that inmates continue to stay isolated in jail, in a humane manner, while they await court judgment, completion of time or transfer to prison.
If we should make national news, he should make us all proud with his response.  He should build on the good work and legacy of Sheriff Smith, when the torch is passed.   We do have the candidate who exceeds the above in knowledge, training, experiences, and integrity.   Maj. Evan Sullivan is a proven leader and the current Director of Law Enforcement for the Levy County Sheriff Office.
 I am pleased to endorse Maj. Evan Sullivan on behalf of the Southern Chapter of the USWAR Dogs Association. Evan Sullivan is a native resident of Levy County; he cares deeply about Levy County and comes from a line of law enforcement family. The tradition continues with his supportive family.  Evan Sullivan has a vision and commitment to keep us safe and secure in the County while we enjoy the freedoms given by our Country. He graduated from the FBI Academy and his experience includes nearly every position: Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, Public Information Officer, Street Crimes, and Commander over SWAT Team, Drug Task Force, Honor Guard and Fugitive Unit.  It also includes Commander over our elite K-9 team, those ‘guardians of the night’, who take law enforcement above and beyond the human limitations of our highly trained deputies. Maj. Evan Sullivan deserves my vote and Levy County citizens’. He will work for us the same way as his hero K-9s: be Driven, be excited and love going to work, do what is asked and expected of him, not stop til the job is done, be grateful for his team rewards, protect who he serves and be in it for the long haul. 
Barbara Snow, Executive Director
USWARDOGS Association,
Southern Chapter

Thanks Levy

On behalf of Williston Area AARP Chapter 912 I would like to say “Thank You” to all of the candidates who attended our Political Forum in Williston on Saturday. It was such a pleasure to be reminded that all campaigning doesn't have to be negative. I am proud that our candidates are passionate, considerate, and respectful in presenting themselves and their aspirations.
Personally I feel that I will be a more informed voter when I enter the voter booth, August 14. I strongly believe that other attendees feel the same.
Again, one and all, thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to attend our event.
Adelia Vachon
Event Chairman