To the editor:
On Oct. 19, George Havice Jr. wrote a letter stating the so-called "reasons" not to vote for Searer again. To reiterate as I did in my past letter, I'm only 17 years old but I decided to do some more research - and there are a few corrections that need to be made. As in the words of Bill O'Reilly, "the spin stops here." Mr. Havice said that Searer is only running for re-election to spend a few more years on the bench to be eligible for the certification of senior judge. Funny that he said that, because under U.S. law, Tim Searer has already met the requirements for senior judge five years ago. In order to qualify for the health-care benefits and hefty pensions that senior judges get to have, the judge has to serve at least 15 years on the bench.
Tim Searer could have retired five years ago and enjoyed the hefty pension and healthcare benefits but he hasn't. Why? Because he cares deeply about Mifflin County, and when we talk about evidence - look at the evidence of the last 20 years. It's absolutely extraordinary. Under Searer's tenure, the violent crime rate in Mifflin County has been lower than the crime rate in the entire state of Pennsylvania by 63 percent and the city property crime rate in Mifflin County has been lower than the statewide property crime rate by 10 percent.
And as for the issue of term limits, I'm sure that if Ronald Reagan were alive today, the people of Mifflin County would have wanted him to run for a third term. The argument against Searer's re-election has been pretty simple - and pretty snappy. It goes like this: "We want strong, experienced leadership. Searer is too good at it. So fire him and put someone who doesn't back in."
The other side has been saying it so well and so many times that they are actually starting to convince the people of Mifflin County that it's true. If you ask me, look back at the 1976 and 2008 presidential elections: Each time we elected someone who promised us "change," look at where it got us.
We can't afford Mifflin County to go down the same path our country is traveling under President Obama. Many people are asking how we can reverse the tide that our country is taking: I'm here to tell them that we can vote for conservatism. There are 530,000 elected offices in America: Let's fill them with conservative voices and leadership. When the time comes, let's vote for a conservative president, vice-president, senator, representative, governor, mayor, state assembly, school board, etc. And now, the time has come to vote for a conservative judge who has proven time and time again that in Mifflin County, family is the most important institution in society and that almighty God is the source of all we have: That judge is Tim Searer. In the same sense of our national motto "In God we Trust," reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all, we trust Tim Searer to lead Mifflin County through the challenging times that lie ahead.