To the Editor,

EXPERIENCE. What is “experience?” Webster’s defines “experience” as “practical knowledge, skill, or practice derived from direct observation of or participation in events or in a particular activity.” The word “experience” has been brought up quite frequently in this current race for the Republican nomination for Ellis County Sheriff. The same people who felt experience was not a factor in this race eight years ago ironically use it as their battle cry today.

The great novelist and poet Oscar Wilde describes it by saying, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Experience should not be confused with the word wisdom. Likewise wisdom should not be automatically linked to someone of age. Someone who touches a lot of lives in the right way displays wisdom. Someone who displays wisdom is peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere (according to James 3:17). The ability to display these traits has nothing to do with age, yet has everything to do with having a servant’s heart.

Conversely being a younger candidate has both tangible and intangible advantages. Law enforcement, like every other sector of our society is rapidly changing. Technology and growth are trending upward from one end of Ellis County to the other. Unprecedented growth and expanding demands on county resources are impacting our communities like no other time in history. This is just the defense we need to be proactive against the crimes that face us today. One of the greatest signs of leadership is the ability to react and respond in a way that does the most good for all concerned, and is consistent with the laws and ethics we hold dear.

Einstein once wrote, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Having said that, I urge you to place your vote for Wess Winn as sheriff of Ellis County. He holds attributes well served for Ellis County. He is young and he is experienced. He is a leader. He is part of what makes Ellis County great. In Ellis County he has served as a student, youth minister, teacher, coach, proud parent, faithful husband, elected public servant and law enforcement official for well over a decade. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela. My friends and family back home, now is the time to do what is right. Now is the time to vote Wess Winn as your sheriff.

Brian Zettler

Head Athletic Trainer - Utah Jazz

WHS Class of ‘89 President

Inaugural member – WHS athletic Hall of Fame