“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, 1910 [whole speech]
What we find today is that too many political candidates are characterized by their over-powering ego, power seekers and greed-driven supporters who fail the test of a moral compass. No person who actively engages in the dailyRead more
Note from John Settle, April 6, 2015: This column was NOT written as an endorsement of Constable Hatfield.I have learned that Don Ashley was NOT hired by Sheriff Prator.The information regarding Roy Fletcher was provided by Hatfield.Sheriff Prator has advised me that his deputies have NOT been precluded from working as part-time constables.Sheriff Prator also stated that he never asked Hatfield to not run against him.
In what many consider to be a David versus Goliath battle, Eric Hatfield has thrown down the gauntlet at Steve Prator’s feet declaring his candidacy for the October Caddo Sheriff election. In what was a surprise to most political observers, Hatfield announced this week on the Shreveport riverfront in front of about 30 supporters, many of which were fellow constables. Hatfield had previously met with Prator
advising him of his decision and declining Prator’s insistent requests to not oppose him.
Hatfield has almost 12 years experience as a constable. Prator has served as Sheriff since 2000; previously he was the Shreveport Police chief. Prator was challenged in 2011 by Shreveport attorney Craig Smith, who now is a Prator supporter. In that election, Smith did very little campaigning—as in almost nil other than a few billboards; he surprisingly drew more than 20% of the vote.
Many consider Prator to be virtually invincible — citing his large campaign war chest ($200,000), his Republican political connections and the large number of Sheriff deputies and auxiliary Read more