I normally don’t write to the newspaper, but the letter from Sterling Lanphear upset me to the point I just had to answer his remarks.
My grandfather was a constable in Young in the 1920s, he was the only law in the town. I was the constable for the very area Mr. Lanphear is speaking of in his letter. I was the constable for 13-1/2 years and only left the position after having two major strokes which were caused by the stress of throwing a family out of a house they lived in and did not pay rent for two years. I have had my life threatened with guns, and I’ve had to physically remove people from homes.
Constables are certified peace officers, they carry guns, and do the work that people like you cause by your not understanding the position. And as far as the position being mediocre, you must come from Mars. As far as the pay, $60,000 isn’t mediocre either.
I don’t know where he comes from, but I was born and raised in this town, left and was a Department of Public Safety officer for 14-1/2 years before being injured and having to retire. I taught nine years for D.P.S., worked undercover three years, and you want to tell the public it is a mediocre position.
As far as Colt White is concerned, let me tell you who he really is. First, just because his dad had money, does not make him rich, he has worked all his adult life just like the rest of us. Yes, he was a deputy as I worked alongside him. And as far as sending his son around helping him get elected, this is a very safe town. I don’t know where you come from, but we don’t have that type of problem here. Go to the police department and check it out.
Colt was raised here and was taught to respect all people. As an officer he was well-liked and helped a lot of people.
I was going to stay out of this race as almost every one of them asked me to back them, but when you have misinformed people writing letters, I feel I must stand up. For your information, as a retired peace officer and constable, I am backing Mr. White 100 percent and will vote for him come election day.