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Opinion

  • Sitting in the police chief interviews Monday night I could not help but choose the applicant I thought would be a good fit for the city.

    The three interviews lasted around 30 minutes each. Not a lot can be said in 30 minutes. But I found myself impressed with the qualifications and passion for police work in the first two applicants William Roehl and Michael Uher.

    Each man brought an abundance of experience and resources to the table. As the council members questioned them I assumed they were as impressed as I was.

  • History has a way of repeating itself.

    Don’t believe me?

    Then look at what happened with the recent LaFollette Police Chief selection. There were a slew of qualified candidates vying for the position. A position that will entail curtailing a meth epidemic, raising the morale of the officers and battling the city council for autonomy

  • The Power of Encouragement

     

    The writer of Hebrews said, “Encourage one another daily” (3:13, NIV). The apostle Paul said, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, NIV. The word encourage means “to inspire with hope or confidence.” We should all find ways to exercise the power of encouragement.

  • It happened in less than a minute.

    The LaFollette City Council meeting was called to order and the next thing you knew the LaFollette Police Chief had stepped down to a Lieutenant’s position.

    Well I’m not buying it.

    Lynch wanted that job.

    He applied for it less than two years ago and appeared to be doing his best. So why would he step down?

  •  Again, we have a situation where elected leaders should be quoting Oscar Wilde- the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want.

    Just ask the LaFollette City Council.

    In May 2009 it wanted James Lynch to run the city’s police force. He was picked from a sizeable pool of applicants. While he was the only one among them who was currently serving on the LPD force, there were others who possessed the management experience Lynch lacked.

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    I have written many columns during my years at the LaFollette Press.

    Some have practically written themselves. Others have been a struggle to get anything on paper.

    This is one of those columns.

    It is hard to write about someone who you admire and love like a sister. The difficulty is not in knowing they will read your words. The problem comes in finding the right words to describe their selflessness and dedication to a cause.