On Tuesday, San Bernardino County First District residents will choose between Robert Lovingood and Rick Roelle to represent them on the Board of Supervisors. Lovingood is the right candidate for the job.
Despite both being conservative Republicans, Lovingood and Roelle are almost polar opposites. Lovingood is the business community candidate; Roelle is the big union candidate.
Lovingood owns ICR Staffing in Victorville. Roelle is a lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
At a pre-Primary candidates’ forum earlier this year, Roelle took a shot at Lovingood when he said that the Victor Valley does not need any more “$15-an-hour forklift and truck driving jobs.” Roelle needs to tell that to the tens of thousands of unemployed residents of the High Desert who are desperately trying to put food on the table for their children.
Roelle’s solution to the desert’s employment crisis is to increase the number of deputy sheriffs assigned to the area. He says a lower crime rate will attract new businesses.
Lovingood’s message is to reduce the bureaucracy for business and make the area business friendly. It is the private sector that creates jobs, not the government.
Roelle, exhibiting a typical cop “us versus them” attitude does not understand that having a job, in and of itself, is a deterrent to crime. Unemployment increases not only theft, but also substance abuse, domestic violence, assault and battery, and sometimes even murder.
That is not to say full unemployment ends crime, but an employed person has more to lose than an unemployed one. And, as the saying goes . . . idle hands . . ..
As someone who has depended on the government for his paycheck for 30 years or so, Roelle does not have the same investment in the community as does a businessman. There is more need for Roelle and his fellow union members if unemployment spirals out of control and crime increases rather than if it decreases. One isn’t given hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from unions without something expected in return.
Lovingood’s livelihood, like that of most small businessmen, depends on a thriving community. It will be in his own best interest to do right by the residents of the High Desert and facilitate improvements to the area, not bring the community down.
Vote for Robert Lovingood for First District Supervisor.
If you would like more information about Robert Lovingood, check out these sites:
- Facebook (Official)
- Facebook (Third Party)
- @VoteLovingood (Third Party)
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