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12/28/2012 9:13:00 AM
Satisfied with your choice for sheriff?

To the Editor:

I have a question to pose to the voters of Vilas County.  

Do any of you remember the last election for sheriff in Vilas? I do, because in spite of being a south of the border, foolish Illinois boy (you create the acronym), I followed the election prior to the vote.  As a property owner, I’m allowed to pay the taxes but I’m not allowed to vote so I try to keep an eye on what is going on with Vilas County politics.  

Do any of you remember James Maillette? He was the candidate with past military experience. He was also the candidate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree focused on homeland security, intelligence, and counter terrorism. A well-educated professional bidding for the county’s most important law enforcement job.  

But alas, he was also the candidate who was endorsed by the “evil-doers” and “radical far right” members of the Northwoods Patriots.  

So, I was just wondering if all of you who voted for the current sheriff are quite satisfied with your selection. Has this sheriff cost all of the taxpayers of Vilas enough money yet? Has he embarrassed the office of sheriff enough yet?  Are you all impressed with the liberal Democratic style of dictatorial governance that he is now known for?  

I hope you are all satisfied with your choice because, just think, you might have ended up with a professional patriot for a sheriff. Imagine what would have happened then. 

J.L. Lippe
Algonquin, Ill.
Town of Cloverland

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Vocke

"professional patriot"??? I've never heard this term what does it mean?

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Hansen

I'm not sure anyone could have foreseen that the current Sheriff would have "gone off the deep end" like it appears. It is wrong to criticize your fellow citizens for voting for the candidate they thought had the most experience. After all, this is civilian law enforcement and not the military. I have worked both so I understand the difference.

The self proclaimed "Patriots" you speak of also had members running for office who called police officers "cowards" back in 2010. I don't like people that call themselves Patriots. It is a lot like the word hero. It is up to to others to call someone these names, and should be based on something they have done in support of their country. It reeks of arrogance, almost as if to say that if you aren't a member of our group then you do not support America.

This writer also compares the Sheriff's management style with liberal Democrats. I find it hilarious how Democrats and Republicans thnk they have the moral high ground over the other. In truth, both parties are politically corrupt and controlled by special interests. One could also say that Scott Walker displayed the same dictatorial style when he took office. To say that this style is akin only to liberal Democrats is foolish.

Mr. Mailette had no law enforcement experience. He is to be commended for his military service and education. However, military service does not necessarily make a good law enforcement officer. The two professions are inherently different. One profession deals with citizens of the community. The other deals with enemies of our country. That right there should say it all.

Finally, I don't like how this Sheriff is acting either, but I don't like this writer's explanation of things either. Mr. Tomlanovich will suffer the consequences come election time.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Amy White

I remember James Maillette. He listed no practical law enforcement experience when he ran for office. He was the Vilas County Republican Party Chair and pretty much was the Northwoods Patriots. It seemed that he was running for sheriff as a purely political move to push a very radical agenda.

Even with the issues that the Lakeland Times has published, I would still go with the guy with 33 years of law enforcement experience.

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