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Page 2 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Adams County Record Vote for leri Soulier Dear Editor, Jeri Soulier has entered the race for State Representative for District 9 b. I urge you to look at her qualifications. She has run her own business for 19 years. I have observed her on the county planning and zoning commission where she has served for 10 years. She treats people with respect and listens to their issues, then researches to find the solution. Jeri has worked tirelessly for her community, serving as a hunter safety instruc- tor, a hospice worker, and a volunteer with domestic violence centers, helping with homes for hope, being a foster parent, as well as teaching classes on financial independence. She is a land- owner, a gun owner, hunter, and NRA member. Ieri is not accepting cam- paign contributions from out of state companies or any other special interest groups, just individuals who would like to have more responsive and respectful representation in our leg- islature. She will deal with each piece of legislation as it comes up on its own merits. Jeri will work for growth in our communities but not to the detriment of our existing agriculture, businesses, or quality of life. Jeri recognizes that a strong public school system is paramount to a strong economy and will work to improve our education sys- tem, not destroy it. The best qualification she can offer is this: leri wants to know the needs of her constituency and will listen with respect to the people she represents. She is willing to work to find solutions to the problems we face. She loves Idaho for the lifestyle it offers, and will work to preserve what we have and solve the problems we face. A vote for Jeft Soulier is a vote for integrity, accessibil- ity, and accountability. M;aVO/e A Piece of History Restored Dear Editor, I was delighted to read Dale Fisk's informative arti- cle about early newspapers in Adams County (February 8). While I live in Claremont, California, my brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Denise Groves; live in Council. I'm a Professor of Literature at Harvey Mudd College where I teach a hand-press printing workshop every semester. Several years ago when I was visiting Council, Ray introduced me to Linda Rogers, the daughter of Bert and Shirley Rogers, and she allowed us to tour the old Leader office. It was like a museum of late nineteenth- century printing equipment, and I was like a kid in a toy shop! At the end of my stay, I made L'mda an offer on one of two Chandler and Price jobbing platens--in the pho- tograph that accompanied Mr. Fisk's article, it is the smaller press on the right-- as well as some other small This is the Chandler and Price jobbing plat- en that Jeff Groves got from the old Adams Council Leader office. It looks like it restored nicely. equipment. L'mda agreed to my offer, and so soon the Leader press made its way to California. Having cleaned up, repaired, and painted the press, I now regularly use it with my students. [See photo.] I always tell them about the history of the press when I show them how to use it; thanks to Mr. Fisk, I now have con- siderably more information about the printing office in which that press spent its working life. I've included a photo, should you want to show your readers how the press looks these days. Two other things of interest. The serial num- ber indicates that the press was manufactured in 1907. Continued 7 RIVERS LIVESTOCK 1611 W. Salesyard Rd. Emmett, Idaho 83617 Office: 208-365-4401 Sale Day Tuesday at Noon Coffee with R/an Zollman April 20th from 8am to 9am at The Coffee Connection (in New Meadows) Ryan Zollman Candidate for Adams County Sheriff Meet & Greet with Ryan Zoliman @Free Lunch April 21 st from lpm to 4pm at the Veteran's Peace Park (American Legion Hall) paid for by Ryan Zollman for Sheriff Given the dates in Mr. Fisk's story, that could mean that the press arrived in Council near the beginning of the Adams County's journalis- tic history. When Ray and I were removing the press from the Leader office, I found what may have been the last job printed on it. A chase (the metal frame that holds the type) that could only fit the small Chandler and Price still contained type for a poster that adver- tised a dance at the Ace Saloon. The year in which the dance took place wasn't included, but the featured band was the Regulators. I left that job locked in the chase and took it back to California with me, and after I had finished restoring the press, that poster was the first thing I printed. It seemed fitting, somehow. Z ,qc O__/are.z~o/o'L~ ~#,','oJ-n/a Dear Editor, Barbara and I, by mistake, induded one of our cred- it cards with our recycled newspapers last week. We were surprised and pleased "Ihanks Mel! to get a call from Melvin Jenkins from the Recycling Center telling us that he had found the card and would return it to us. Council once again is the "Community that Cares" for us; we really appreciate the job that Mr. Jenkins does for the county. A.VI do~~ P ZI;, A, er , 7"he Sheriff must be physically fit Editor's note: Since the following letter contains an unsubstantiated rumor, I allowed it only because Walt Okamoto had a chance to respond. His response follows the letter. Dear Editor, I've been watching, read- ing about and listening to the Candidates for Sheriff. It's time for a reality check. Let me qualify myself for what I am about to say: 3 yrs US Army, 32 yrs flail time, hands-on Law Enforcement experience in high activity jurisdictions. If you own a ranch, lum- beryard, etc., I could say I'll run your business and learn on the job even though I've never done that work. I'm pretty sure you'd be out of business in less than a year. As such, three candi- dates are not qualified to be Sheriff. The Sheriff, and no one else, is ultimately responsi- ble for any decisions made and actions taken (includ- ing those involving life and death). Candidate Don Allen is naming experienced Law Enforcement Off~cer Rick Wiley as Undersheriff as required by Idaho Code. I have seen Mr. Wiley's resume and have been told by officers whose opinions I value that he's "a good cop". If Mr. Wiley was a candidate, which he's not, contrary to Mr. Allen's creatively mis- leading ad on Page 9 of last week's ACR, I would vote for him. It appears that Mr. Allen will only be a salaried, administrative figurehead. Last week a letter in the ACR supporting Candidate Walt Okamoto, who has Law Enforcement experience, made reference to his age and physical ability. There is a story going around, and I have no personal, factual knowledge of its validity, that Mr. Okamoto has had a couple of heart attacks and a stroke. If true, that and age could be hazardous for a Sheriff and unfair to the public. If untrue, it's a great disservice to Mr. Okamoto and should be immediately dispelled. As an old guy, I would like to know that help will actually arrive if some- thing occurs that my wife and I can't handle. Candidate Lt. Ryan Zollman is an experi- enced Adams County Law Enforcement Officer. Youthful enthusiasm, new ideas, and physical condi- tioning are needed for the job. I know I couldn't have gotten along without it. Whoever is elected should hit the ground running and be ready to start doing the job on the day he takes office. He needs to live up to his promises and the expec- tations of the voters or be prepared to find another job in 4 years. I'm in the phone book if you have any questions or anonymous threats. M. V'o// y Okamoto's Response I have only a one-word response to Mr. Healy's misinformation about my health: "Hogwash!" If it takes rumors, lies and misin- formation to promote your candidate, you must not have a lot of confidence in his qualifications. a3a/c r O amo o The Sheriff's Oath Dear Editor, q'he purpose of this let- ter is to emphasize how important the constitution is to a sheriff and the peo- ple of their county in these United States. ~tis letter is not intended to be slanted toward any one of the candi- dates for sheriff. This letter is about questions rather than answers. The Oath that the elected sheriff will take is as follows: "I do Solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution and laws of the state of Idaho. That I will faithfully discharge the duites of the office of sheriff of Adams County according to the best of my ability. So help me God:' Note that the oath delin- eates between the constitu- tion of the United States and the constitution and laws of the Sate of Idaho. It is in the first sentence that I would like you to concentrate on and edu- cate yourself on some of the questions and Supreme Court decisions that have involved sheriffs in various counties in these United States: Can the president tell the sheriff of Adams County to enforce a law that the sheriff thinks violates the constitu- tional rights of an individual? Is the sheriff bound to enforce laws that come down from the U.N. or other international bodies? Does the Adams County sheriff have to enforce the federal law of the Brady Bill in his county? Does the Adams County Sheriff have to enforce the laws of the U.S. Forest Service in his county? Does the Adams County Sheriff have enforcement authority to arrest an IRS agent who is violating the civil rights of an individual in his county? Which of the above ques- tions have already gone to the Supreme Court and have been decided on? Which haven't? For some of the answers to the above questions, go to Look for information about Sheriff Richard Mack and the Brady bill, and the Sheriff's con- vention in Las Vegas. If you are interested in further education on the constitution, there is a free 10-week course .on the Constitution from Hillsdale College ( If you think any of my questions are inappropriate or slanted toward any of the candidates, please email me at aspedersn@earthlink'net and I will formally retract them in a future note to the paper. /rr~o/d Peder,..