Shannon Cox has proven his ability and desire to serve the community's best interests and is the best choice.
He deserves re-election.
A genuine leader
To the Sun:
I enthusiastically support Shannon Cox for re-election to the Winchester Board of Commissioners.
For two decades, Shannon has taught the children of this community and served as a coach.
I know him from having been his student at George Rogers Clark High School.
Mr. Cox has an understanding of the needs of this town. He is always looking for a better way of doing things and usually finds one. He is willing to take a tough stand when he has to do so. Whether you agree with him or not, you know where he stands. However, he is not so stubborn as to be inflexible.
I also admire Mr. Cox for his honesty, integrity and ability to get to the facts. He demonstrates another admirable quality for the kids at school and for the city too: true, genuine leadership.
I urge all the voters of Winchester to re-elect City Commissioner Shannon Cox on Nov. 4.
Editor's note: After the deadline for submitting letters supporting candidates in the Nov. 4 election (Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m.) the Sun received eight other letters endorsing Shannon Cox for re-election as city commissioner. They were from Sean Wilson, Cornell Peyton, Terry Decapio, Sammy Thomas, Kelli Catron, Jill Stout, Mike Wiseman and Matt Everman.
Vote for Billy Swope
To the Sun:
Clark County has an opportunity to finally have a voice in school board decisions with the candidacy of William "Billy" Swope.
For far too long, we have had representatives on the board who have ignored the will of the people. While we cannot wipe the slate clean, we can take a first step to begin anew by voting for Swope. We can put an end to the phrase, "It doesn't matter what we say, they're going to do what they want anyway?"
Mr. Swope decided to run because he wants to be your voice. He brings an independent spirit and a common sense approach to the table. Minnie Spangler has chosen, time and time again, to ignore her constituents, waste tax dollars and be a divisive element on the board. Mrs. Spangler is one of the three who arrogantly do what they want and hold the voters in contempt if they dare to disagree.
Mr. Swope wants all students to have textbooks, while Mrs. Spangler is quoted as saying, "they are just a reference, really." Mr. Swope believes ensuring the quality of the education our children receive should be the first priority of a school board, with, responsibly spending our tax dollars being a close second.
I encourage everyone in District 2 to stand up and be heard: Vote for Swope!
Walson best choice to succeed Adams
As a former employee of the Administrative Office of the Courts, I had the opportunity to work with both Judge William Clouse and Judge Jeff Walson, and I am absolutely comfortable with saying that while both are good judges, Judge Walson has the experience needed to fill the vacancy left by Circuit Judge Julia H. Adams.
Judge Walson not only has experience as a circuit judge, but he also has experience as a practicing attorney. He has received national, statewide and local recognition as a judge and started the C.A.S.A. program to stand up for abused and neglected children. He started Teen Court, Juvenile Drug Court and Truancy Court in schools, and has all the talents and experience to fill the vacancy left by Judge Adams.
In the past, Clark County has been fortunate to have such outstanding judges as Judge Adams, Judge William Jennings and Judge James Chenault, and Judge Walson will make us proud. Of that you can be certain. His track record is all the proof he needs.
Obama's no centrist
To the Sun:
Heading the Sun's Oct. 23 editorial page was a denigrating cartoon of Sarah Palin. Next came a column - a rebuttal to all the "right wing nuts," which included a description of Barack Hussein Obama as "a slightly left-of-center politician."
Well, let's look at some of what Mr. Obama stands for and John McCain opposes.
Obama voted to allow prosecution of people who use a firearm in self-defense in their home (Illinois Senate Bill 2165).
He supports partial birth abortion.