×
×
homepage logo

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 25, 2008

To the EDN:

As chairperson for the Gene Haukoos for sheriff committee, I want to say thank you to all the residents that have attended our town meetings. If you have missed one, you can go to the Estherville Daily News Web site and download the presentation.

Thank you to all the residents who have shown support, and to everyone who has asked for a sign, sticker or button. There is a difference when you ask for them.

Gene I want to tell you that I am proud of you for standing up for what you think is right for Emmet County, and its residents. You are a true role model.

For all those that have helped a big thank you. Especially Rick Haase who has stood by his candidate from the beginning. You have stood up for your rights and taken a few blows for it. So thank you for being a true friend.

On Nov. 4. when you go to vote, just remember you can vote for the person not the party.

Avis Haukoos

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 25, 2008

To the EDN:

My name is Kevin Olson and I have 13 years of experience in full-time law enforcement. The past seven years I have served as a deputy sheriff with the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. My current assignments include serving as the K-9 handler, Investigator and the Emmet County Team Leader for the Multi-Agency Response Team.

Sheriff’s candidate Gene Haukoos, questions if we need the positions that I hold. He also states he will be an administrator overseeing a seasoned group of men and women. The sheriff should be a seasoned officer and lead from the front with the troops and not from the rear behind a desk. I want my supervisor to have the knowledge and experience necessary to perform the duties that are required of the sheriff.

I have worked with chief deputy Mike Martens for many years. Marten’s has the knowledge, qualifications and most importantly 24-plus years of experience within the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. I know that Martens is approachable and will continue to serve and protect the citizens of Emmet County just like he has served them the past 24-plus years. I am supporting Mike Martens for sheriff. Martens is the only candidate with actual experience and is a certified peace officer!

On Nov. 4, I encourage you to vote for Mike Martens. Thank you.

Kevin Olson

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 25, 2008

To the EDN:

My name is Todd Suhr and I am chief deputy at Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office. I would like to again take the opportunity to endorse Mike Martens for Emmet County sheriff.

I have known Mike for 25 years and have worked together with him and the Emmet County Sheriff’s office on many projects over the years. I truly believe that Mike’s 25 years of service, experience and dedication to the good people of Emmet County is commendable. His knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the sheriff’s office including civil processing, jail administration, investigations and office management are an asset to the taxpayers of Emmet County. I know for a fact that Mike Martens has in the past, and will continue in the future, to work with any law enforcement officer or agency and has always been willing to assist citizens and officers alike.

Mike Martens is the candidate that has the certification, training and background that meets the qualifications and expectations for the office of sheriff. Mike is the best, most cost-effective and the common sense choice for Emmet County sheriff.

Todd Suhr

Ruthven

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 25, 2008

To the EDN:

Teamwork, integrity and professionalism. These qualities are paramount in a law enforcement leader. Obviously, the ideal candidate must be experienced and have a background in the profession as well. A successful and community-oriented sheriff or chief is involved within the community, an active law officer and as served in several different law enforcement capacities or positions so that they understand and can better lead the agency and serve the citizens. I believe Mike Martens and Brent Shatto both meet these qualifications; the other candidates simply do not.

I would like to encourage everyone to vote for Mike Martens as the next Emmet County sheriff. I have known Mike since I was in high school and can vouch for his integrity and ability to complete the complex duties associated with the job. I respect Mike greatly for his candor and commitment to do the right thing and state his position up front, on any issue at hand.

Mike and his family have a history of investing in Emmet County and making it a better place. As sheriff I know he will continue to do the same.

The daily operations of a sheriff’s office involve the management of law enforcement, corrections and civil operations. Obviously, it is a fairly complex organization and not something you can learn overnight. Mike has been employed with the sheriff’s office for 24 years. He understands what occurs in each area and what needs to be done in the future. As a side note I believe Sheriff Lamack deserves a hearty thanks for the job he has done for this county!

I have been employed as the chief of police for Spirit Lake, the chief deputy of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and as a patrol lieutenant with the Corvallis, Oregon Police Department. In any of these posts I would have gladly served with or for Mike Martens. Get out and vote!

John Martyr

Estherville

Letter to the Editor

By Staff | Oct 25, 2008

To the EDN:

I have watched in awe at the horde of “New Voters” which are signing up in droves for this up coming political election. So much so that I feel compelled to share my thoughts with my fellow readers of the EDN.

I submit to you, we need to demand a new litmus test for all these new voters to insure their eligibility into this great group of people we call the American Electorate. Need to know some things about these new potential voters before we welcome them with open arms to become American Presidential voters.

You and I know we are qualified voters. We have intensely studied the political platforms of each candidate. We would never blindly vote Democrat or Republican just because our parents or friends were lifelong voters of either political party. We would never vote for any candidate just because he promised us a “free handout.” It is these new voters you and I should be concerned with as they could sway the election.

Here is the test I would give these newly registered voters:

You must answer YES to all the following questions to qualify as a new voter.

1. Are you a U.S. citizen?

2. Do you speak English?

3. Can someone vouch for you that you are a person who is actually alive today and did not in fact die several years ago?

4. Do you promise to vote only once in the upcoming election? (Voting early and voting often is not an option.)

5. Do you think Uncle Sam (your government) is really Santa Claus?

(If you have to answer NO to any of the above, watching at least 8 hours daily of prime time TV, soap operas, sitcoms, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, CNN, MSNBC, Letterman, etc will automatically still keep you in the running and will allow you to take the second part of the test)

The second part of the test would require verbal responses and picture identification. Sorry, no multiple choice answers here.

1. What are the names of the current United States President and Vice President? When shown a group of pictures, you should be able to identify pictures of George Bush and Dick Cheney from a group that also include Paris Hilton, The Twins Mascot, Jesse Jackson and Donald Duck.

2. What are the names of the current Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates for both the Republican and Democratic parties. This is an important one so we would include several pictures. Included would be in no particular order: John McCain, Barack Hussein Obama, Sarah Palin, Joe Biden, Madonna, Al Sharpton, Osama Bin Laden, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, The Witch from the Wizard of Oz, Joe the Plumber and Mickey Mouse. ( I am afraid we are going to lose a lot of potential voters here, however, this IS the election of our next President and Vice President for the next 4 years or more.)

So, 90 percent of the new voters flunked the test. Never fear. We will call Acorn to the rescue.

You ask me how will we pay for all this new voter testing? I have the perfect solution. We will ask ACORN volunteers from all 50 states and some foreign countries to volunteer their time and “talents” to administer the voters test to insure no stone remains unturned in qualifying new voters. But you say ACORN offices have been raided by the FBI in 14 states looking into voter fraud. I say what is the big deal? That still leaves us with 36 other states where the FBI has not caught up with ACORN yet and if we play our cards right, they won’t catch up to ACORN until after all the Nov. 4th ballots have been counted. Besides, if Obama and the Democratic Party really did contribute $840,000 to ACORN, that is good enough for me. After all, I thought this election was all about CHANGE. Does it really matter how we bring about that CHANGE?

Seriously, in conclusion, thanks for listening. Remember, you and I as Americans, will only get what we demand of our Congress, our President and our fellow citizens. I submit to you that we have not demanded much and the position our country is in today is ample evidence that we have all been asleep at the switch. Neither party is going to solve our country’s current financial crisis. Remember, the President does not vote. The Congress does all the voting. I laugh when I hear talk about the “failed policies” of the Bush Administration. The Democrats are in charge of both the Senate and the House. Congress votes, the President does not vote. Having a President that is strong on defense trumps all other issues. Mr Obama is too naive and inexperienced to be our Commander in Chief. If he is elected, we will slide downward militarily into the same position we were in during the Jimmy Carter years. If our enemies overrun our country, trust me, you will not have to worry about the economy. A phrase that has been used many times in past elections is : “It’s the economy, stupid” I submit to you “It’s our country’s defense, stupid” Turn off the TV, your Ipod and your cell phone for a few minutes. Do some critical thinking about this upcoming election. Think about your children, your grandkids and all those who will be around long after you and I are gone.

Vote your values, not your pocketbook. If you have no values, do the rest of us a favor and do not vote. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Larry Loeschen

Estherville

New Voter Testing Czar (self appointed)