Wednesday, October 24, 2012

England does have integrity

Every four years, we have elections. We elect people to serve us. In a perfect world, civil servants would protect our assets like their own. In a perfect world, civil servants would not take advantage of friendly politicians to enrich their salaries or swell their budgets at taxpayer expense. Civil servants would do the right thing even when nobody was looking.

That never seems to happen in Blaine County. In fact, the civil servants in Blaine County don't really care what the citizens think. They just go ahead and do what they want to do- irrespective of citizen input. They don't have any problem taking raises and spending your money. That modus operandi has gone on a long time.

I have known Steve England for a long time as well. Steve comes from a long line of successful police officers and civil servants. Steve is an excellent lieutenant. He uses good judgment and he is involved in the community—not because it's politically expedient but because he actually enjoys it. That was never my strong suit.

I am hopelessly biased, though—I like a Steve a lot. I like the fact that Steve perseveres. It takes courage to suffer through that kind of ridicule every four years. Courage—standing up for your people and your profession—is something that comes natural to Steve.

So this year, like so many other years, you have the choice of voting for the same old “status quo” incumbents and getting the same old results. Or not.

I endorse Steve England for sheriff because Steve likes people and he really does have integrity. He will spend your money wisely or not at all. That ought to come as a welcome sight in a county that has no problem spending other people’s money.

Brian McNary

Former Hailey police chief



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