Letter to the editor: Likely’s pursuit of Monroe County Sheriff position is an inspiration

By FERNNELL BECHER | Norwalk

It’s an inspiration when one of our younger generation who also is a lifelong resident of our community decides to pursue a lifetime of being a public servant, helping to improve and protect us while building his own life.

It’s rather discouraging when the editor of one of the great local newspapers comes out with a front-page story highlighting the past mistakes of this young man, who also happens to be a candidate for Monroe County Sheriff. (Editor’s note: The article originated with the Monroe County Herald’s April 30 issue and appeared in the County Line’s May 3 issue.) He has taken responsibility for his misdeeds and added them to a life-learning experience and moved on, as many do.

Jeremy, his sister, and his mom were next-door (across the road) neighbors at one time. After the loss of the head of our family, we were short of help and relied on many different hands, young and old. We appreciated each and every one of them. Jeremy was a willing helper, a good one, one of the younger ones.

He was a member of the Brookwood FFA and always was interested in the Norwalk Fire Department. When he needed samples of crops for his FFA project, we thought it only fair to offer him some from our fields, which he entered to be judged. After the judging, here came Jeremy proudly presenting us with his blue ribbon, a white ribbon and a pretty wooden plaque from the crop-fair judge. On his behalf, these winnings are still displayed here on our wall. Give the young ones a chance!

When a 71-year-old man still doesn’t know the difference between a lie or the truth, he doesn’t deserve to be called “Mr. President.” Votes make the difference. Get out and vote every time.

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