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On Wednesday morning, a reporter spotted an unusual sight on a city street in Jefferson County: A candidate who lost a race for a major office in Tuesday’s election was picking up his elections signs from several yards.

It does not matter if the unsuccessful candidate believes keeping our environment a little less cluttered or had hopes of saving a buck or two if he sought the office in the future.

Candidates in a runoff can be expected to leave their signs up, but the winners and losers should make an effort to see their signs are removed from yards and right of way.

Their response is a good measure of how serious they took their promises to follow our laws.

Tuesday’s voter turnout was impressive. While a tad behind the record set by Jefferson County voters in 2008, when 27,185 or 60.16 percent of the registered voters exercise their citizenship at the ballot, we have a reason to be proud.

Honor our veterans

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On this Veterans Day, Americans must pause and remember the men and women who sacrificed their blood for the hopeful, lasting freedom for their countrymen.

We owe our freedoms and way of life to our veterans and we must always recognize and thank them for their service. No soldier or veteran should ever be left behind by his or her government. Politics and partisanship should never be a factor in our support for American veterans or troops.

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.

This day and every day, let us honor their service with actions that fulfill our commitment to our troops, their families and our veterans.

While we always will remember those who protect our freedoms, and their families and who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, especially those who gave their last full measure, we also must remember those voices of freedom from our founding fathers, to the patriots through our proud history, to the patriots of today, who fight and have fought for us and our constitutional freedom every day.

Thank a veteran for their service to our country.

New home

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Ground was broken Wednesday for the John Lloyd “Pete” Harrison Sheriff’s Department office adjacent to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center.

“Pete ran the sheriff’s office,” Jefferson County Sheriff Gerald Robinson reminded us at the ceremony. “The detention center is named after Dub,” referring to former sheriff W.C. “Dub” Brassell. “So it was only fitting that this facility be named after Pete.”

When the building is completed, it will house all the divisions of the sheriff’s department under one roof for the first time. The department’s administrative offices, service and training divisions are located in the county courthouse while the criminal investigation and patrol divisions are housed in two buildings in the 100 block of Main Street.

Robinson and Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr., operations commander for the department, unveiled the new department flag that will fly above the new building when it is completed.

“The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has never had a department flag and I told Lafayette I wanted a flag,” Robinson said. “He went to work and this flag will be our symbol.”

We can view it as a symbol of progress for Jefferson County.