As a longtime resident of Hancock County, I am very happy to see that there is someone running against the longtime sheriff, Mr. Heldman. He has been in his position for too long without a question being raised as to what he does with his time and how he manages his office.

In response to Mike Jones’ letter (Feb. 5), I think that this community deserves to know about the incident that occurred that forced Mike Heldman to leave the sheriff’s department for many years. It seems like a pretty serious situation might have been covered up.

He keeps saying that he has worked at the sheriff’s department his entire career. This is dishonest, when in fact he sold insurance to my family during his years off while volunteering at some agencies within Hancock County! Is our community really safer? I feel like there is room for a lot of improvement.

What is the current response time for a deputy when called for an incident? What is the morale like in the current sheriff’s office? I have heard it has not been great for some time. I believe those in leadership roles have a lot to do with all of these topics. As a community, let’s take some action, look at the facts and make sure the right person is in this position. It time for someone new as our Hancock County sheriff.

Stephanie Wilson



Typically, I don’t publicly give my opinion or try to persuade others as to which candidate to support. For me, it’s a private matter and best left to each voter’s personal beliefs and conscience. This is especially important in these highly divisive times.

Having said that, I do want to exercise my constitutional right to express my choice for Hancock County sheriff in the March 17 primary election, while respecting the other candidates and each voter’s privilege to choose his or her own candidate. My choice is Tim Saltzman!

My endorsement of Tim goes beyond his many successful years in law enforcement and background.

My support is based on my own knowledge as his co-worker at Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS). Tim daily demonstrated leadership skills, decisive action-taking, on-the-job results, commitment to duty and compassion for others, regardless of their social and business position. Knowing he didn’t treat people based on what they could or couldn’t do for him made my choice easy. These are qualities and character traits which made him a success at ADS and that I want in my next Hancock County sheriff.

Finally, irrespective of whom you support in this or any election, I encourage everyone to exercise their voting privilege. To use the old chant from the 1960s, “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

I will be voting on March 17, and my vote for Hancock County sheriff will be Tim Saltzman!

Jan Routson Miller



With the upcoming primary approaching, I wonder why in the world Martha Brown (Feb. 10) would be so concerned as to why Sheriff Heldman is running for his position again. Maybe it’s because the sheriff does want his name on a new jail! He deserves that at the very least, don’t you think?

Maybe another reason is because there aren’t any other candidates good enough to take his spot yet. If you were leaning toward retirement from a position as a sheriff, wouldn’t you want to make sure the person filling your position is someone who you have great confidence in?

Also, Martha, what is this “Good Ole’ Boys” club you’re referring to? It sounds ignorant to me. Don’t be a liberal. Let the candidates run the way they want to run and don’t give any of them a title. If you have facts as to why one of them isn’t qualified for the job or how one of them wouldn’t be good for our county, speak freely “” with facts!

There are a few reasons why I think Sheriff Heldman makes a great leader for our county. In 1986, Heldman started our Crime Stoppers program. In 1987, Heldman helped incorporate the Crime Prevention Association of Hancock County, which oversees all of the county’s crime prevention programs. In 1997, Heldman began his first term as sheriff. Heldman is a certified instructor with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council. Heldman has held a range of crime prevention positions in organizations across Ohio. He has served as a District 2 representative and as secretary of the executive board for the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. He’s the past president of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. In 2012, Heldman was appointed as a trustee to the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections. In 2013, Heldman was appointed to the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission by Gov. Kasich. In 2016, Heldman was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by District 1 of Foreign Wars Department of Ohio.

So, with all of that being said, I think our current sheriff has every bit of the ability to continue on as our sheriff. I could list factual reasons as to why the other two people running wouldn’t make good candidates, but I don’t feel like that’s what these biased platforms are for.

Do your research as I have. There isn’t any ignorance in facts. Let’s not make mountains out of molehills here. Your “neighbor man” sounds like a “he-said, she-said” sort of situation. As my great-grandfather always told me, “Why fix something that’s not broken?”

Drew McGuire



It took me 11 years to become an American citizen because of the true French in me. After that time, I came to love the U.S. (which has changed a lot since I first came in 1973. I am a true American, and I obey its laws, vote and respect the national anthem, its people and its customs. I did not come here to change this country. I want to make a contribution to this country. I did not come here to be a troublemaker.

When Muslims come to any country, they want to change the customs. In other words, they want it their way. They hope to change your beliefs. There are always good people, of course, but generally they do not like America or Americans.

An example of this can be found in Dearborn, Michigan, where Americans are clearly not welcomed in this Muslim community. I visited France in April of last year and, while there, two policemen committed suicide because they were tired of the pressure of dealing with Muslims and terrorists who are creating problems.

Please see the Associated Press news article titled “French police suicide rate climbs, French government is flummoxed” (Aug. 18, 2019). This article says that, so far this year, 64 police officers have committed suicide because the problem is getting worse and not better. Polls show 64 percent of French people do not feel at home in France.

Mr. Iliff (Feb. 5), can you handle the truth? The French say Macron has caused a very high unemployment rate and high taxes. He has slowed down the growth of the country while they say President Trump has lowered unemployment and taxes and the U.S. is booming.

Macron works for his pocket, not the French people, but Trump works for Americans (according to the French). Sixty-nine percent think and hope that Macron will not be reelected. February polling shows Macron with a 23 percent approval rating. In January, he was polling at 25 percent and between 25 and 29 percent in December “” down from a 44 percent approval rating when he was elected. The French have not had a good President since Pompidou, who polled at 65 percent.

Until my next letter. Au revoir!

Nadine Rader