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Page 2 Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Editor's Notebook Don'tMiss These Many citizens could be shut out of sheriff election Dear Editor, This year the vot- ers of Adams County have an important task: choose a new sheriff. At least five men, so far, with widely different backgrounds, will run for the position. Four years ago, the deci- sion was made in the Republican primary in May where only a tiny fraction of the elector- ate voted. This decision should be made by the entire county, not just the few who vote in the Republican primary. In the last election, it took a tremendous effort by Adams County citizens to organize a write-in campaign to correct what could have been a colossal mistake for the County. After reading articles in the Adams County Record, it seems as if the Tea Party is intent on domi- nating this discus- sion. Others need to be involved. Since the Republican primary is now a closed election where only "registered" Republicans may vote, these five gentlemen need to make sure that as many citizens as pos- sible have the oppor- tunity to participate. No Libertarians, no Democrats, and no Independents may vote in the Republican pri- mary. That is Idaho State law. To prevent only a few from making the deci- sion for all of us, there is a simple solution: the five candidates need to get together, and amongst themselves, decide which politi- cal party each candi- date will file under. The Republican Party is not the only choice. There are also the Libertarian Party, the Democratic Party, probably others, and a candidate can file as an independent. Surely the voters of Adams County will once again look beyond the political party label and instead look at the per- son and his qualifica- tions. Next, non-parti- san public forums need to be provided where all five candidates have equal opportuni- ty to answer the pub- lic's questions and to explain each person's qualifications. Five candidates for one office is quite a few. Some whittling down can prevent a candi- date from winning the general election with candidates to make sure that this election is truly one in which a majority of the elector- ate may vote and then the victor will know that he has wide sup- port throughout all of Adams County. "r'odd Nov, CotLL Don Allen is the man for the Job Dear Editor, I would like to say that Don Allen has my vote for sheriff. I feel we need someone in the sheriffs office who has a strong business background because it is a business that we taxpayers own and sup- port. The Job requires a strong leader, and Don Allen is that person. He has the start to a great foundation to get the job done. That is why on May 15 Don Allen will get my vote. C.om,d.L just over twenty per- Civil rights for cent of the vote. If two ran on the Republican LI ticket, and two ran on Dear Editor, the Democratic ticket, The folks at "Add there would be plenty The Words" are work- of public discussion, ing hard to defend the American ideal of If the fifth person ran an independent or on freedom for all, and I the Libertarian ticket, am disappointed then there would be and angry that Idaho only three candidates at Republicans have made the general election in the unethical and unA- November. That would merican choice to deny give more chance for civil rights to some someone to win with Idahoans. They should an out-right majority of votes cast. It is up to these five zavL Fosr, "S.oLse Issues Several important issues are covered in this week's Record. The first is addressed in Todd Nelson's letter to the editor, and is especially relevant and timely, as the parties under which the sheriff candidates decide to run could exclude a large number of voters. The new requirement that only registered Republicans can vote on the Republican ticket in the May primary election could really throw a wrench into our election process. If all the sheriff candidates run on the Republican ticket, the race will be decided in the primary, entirely by Republican voters---and a good share of Adams County people will have Thank absolutely no say about who becomes our next sheriff. Everyone should read my article about the challenges that our schools face. They are anticipating some truly overwhelming hurdles, and they need community involvement. If you think the success or failure of our public schools doesn't affect you, I would beg to differ. The schools in Adams County are the county's third largest employer. For that reason alone we should all care. And schools help hold a community together. Please note that the next school board meeting has been rescheduled to the evening of Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 PM. Linda Taylor is The Adams County Record continuing with part two of her American Epidemic series. She will have more next week about what we can do about obesity. The Record certainly got scooped on a big story. I have to thank Tom Grote of The Star News for his digging to find the settlement the lawsuit against Adams County, and for sharing his findings with the Record. Tom has been around the track a few times and knows some good tricks of the trade. Nothing on wolves or grizzlies this week, but more is simmering in the pot for coming issues, so stay tuned. If things work out, I should have a major article about Forest road obliteration next week. You Dear Editor, Council Valley Ambulance Service gratefully acknowledges the thoughtful Memorial donation received from Fran Villano and Jim Penne, in memory of Ron Hornyak. Retirement Celebration Please come and help us celebrate the retirement of Karen Hat.field, Adams County Assessor. After dedicating 33 years of service and 23 years as assessor, Karen has decided to take time for her family, grandkids and herself. February 28 from 1-4:00 PM at The Adams County Courthouse. Important Inf o for be ashamed of their Republican Caucus ignorant and unpatri- otic actions. Council Native Canpletes Administrative Program ...... Former Council program with a 4.0 GPA. long in length which resident Gary Rogers Rogers will continue meets four hours per has completed a on and earn a masters week. Graduation will be program of study from of arts in educational May 5 at 10:30am at the the University of Phoenix administration and Maverick Arena in Salt supervision which involves three additional courses, each six-weeks Lake City, Utah. T RIVERS LIVESTOCK (Murray, Utah campus), by completing the school administrative licensure by DaleFtsk In order to vote in the upcoming March 6th Republican presidential caucus, you need to be" " registered  as a Republican. This is a "closed" caucus, therefore no other party affiliation but Republican may vote. Prior to July 2011, you did not have to designate a party. Therefore, all registered voters must re-register, designating themselves as Republican, in order to vote in the upcoming GOP closed caucus, ff they haven't already done so within the past 6 months. If you're currently under a different party affiliation, ff you've moved recently, or if you've never registered before, then you'll also need to fill out a registration form. You may register the day of the caucus, but there may be a long line to do so and you may not get inside in time to vote. (See time limitations below.) Adams County Caucuses Adams .... County Republican, : caucuses Will be held ori March 6 at the elementary schools at Council and New Meadows. The doors will open at 5:30 PM, and will close promptly at 7:00 PM. To vote, you must be present, as there is no absentee voting. All registered Republican voters in the county are eligible to vote in the County Caucuses. Voters may register to vote as Republicans as they enter the Caucus site. Registration Forms Registration Forms are available on line at: http: //www.idahovotes. gov/VoterReg/vtr_reg_ form.pdf. To allow a couple weeks for processing and receiving your confirmation in the mail, please mail your registration form in by February 17th. You may also drop off your registration form at your County Clerk's . office. Ask if they can. give you an official, printed confirmation in order to bring with you. Verify Your Registration Before March 6th, you can check here to see ff you're in the system as a Republican: http://www. idahovotes.gov/YPP NEW/AmIRegistered, aspx On the day of the caucus, bring your photo ID; and, ff you need to register there, also bring proof of where you live (utility bill, lease, etc.). Anyone voting on the Republican ticket in the primary election on May 15 will also need to be a registered member of the party. I'll have more on that as the time draws closer. COMMISSION 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. Office: 208-365-4401 Emmett, Idaho 83617 7rivers@qwestoffice.net Sale Day Tuesday at Noon We stock interior and exterior doors, starting at $1#.95 each! Also carcying Platinum model Western Windows in select sizes. Custom sizes ordereGI for yOU. 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