Editor’s note: Lancaster voters will choose a mayor Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Joe Shaw, who died Nov. 29. This letter is from his widow, Charlotte.
Once again I find myself urging you to vote, but this time the candidate for mayor of Lancaster won’t be my husband. This time the candidate I’m supporting is John Howard. I urge you to vote for him.
Anais Nin once wrote, “...the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” To her, growth was a process that could often be impeded by a (completely reasonable) fear of the unknown. However, at some point, change must be embraced to deliver a fruitful future.
What happens when the working class is trapped in a society where their income barely sustains their lifestyle?
They don’t have enough money to save, and live paycheck to paycheck. They live one health crisis away from financial ruin. Borrowing is the only way to pay for many extras such as college.
Republicans say time and time again that the Constitution is their Bible. They went after President Obama for his executive orders, which they say violate the Constitution but that other presidents before him used. They criticized his gun control efforts, saying these violate the people’s constitutional right to bear arms.
I have known John Howard since before I joined the Lancaster Police Department in 1973. In all those years I found him to be a steadfast supporter of the police department.
In fact, in the early years he even rode with me on patrol to get an idea of the challenges we faced.
After 25 years, I retired and John was instrumental in helping me with my second career at Kanawha Insurance. I have watched him proudly serve the citizens of Lancaster as a city councilman and often as mayor pro tem.
At the mayoral candidate forum held Thursday Feb. 11, candidate Anthony Elder addressed gang violence, saying he came out of the street life himself and had earned the respect of troubled youth in the community.
His words were: “They look up to me. I have a team in the street. They know everything, and those crimes will be solved in 24 hours.”
I assume that meant if he is elected mayor. If he can do this, why doesn’t he get his team to solve those crimes now? I am sure the police would appreciate the information he claims he can provide.
I would like to present an observation from the Republican debates. I was watching to see who exhibited the qualities of a leader that I admire, and during one debate something came out that I remembered from my childhood.
When you were a child or young adult, was there someone in your life—a teacher, neighbor, relative, coach, friend or boss—who encouraged you, showed you the ropes, and helped you become who you are today. That person was a mentor to you.