Littlejohn will bring possibilities
o the editor:
When I was between 15 and 16 I had gotten into a fight — my first time getting into trouble. My punishment? I could either got to a juvenile detention center or the local P.R.I.D.E. program — my parents decided on P.R.I.D.E.
I had heard Ed Littlejohn was a tough guy who taught karate and was a little nervous. Although the program was supposed to be my punishment, it didn’t feel like it to me. I enjoyed my time with Littlejohn and working out. He was firm, comforting, respectful and didn’t treat us like we were convicts. He showed me that you could be respectful, do the right thing and still be cool — like him. It wasn’t necessary to pick on others to be cool. Even the kids who had a long history of bad behaviors were changed while in P.R.I.D.E. I still have not forgotten what that stands for — Positive Reinforcement on Inner Determination and Endurance.
Littlejohn already had helped the Jefferson County community by being a role model to the young people and exhibiting the behaviors of an upstanding citizen — I know, because I was one of those he helped. Honestly, I could have just kept spiraling out of control and continued down that troubled road. Through the years, I realized what a significant influence he had on my life. I know that I am a better man, husband and father because of his guidance. Thank you, Ed Littlejohn, for helping this teenager turn his life around. Those who were in P.R.I.D.E. are just a small number of Jefferson County residents who he had the opportunity to leave with a positive impression. I can’t wait to see what he does with Jefferson County as a county commissioner — the possibilities are endless.
I voted for Ed Littlejohn for county commissioner — I hope you do, too.