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Letter to the editor: Heroux over Hodgson for Bristol County sheriff



To the editors:

This fall, Bristol County voters will finally have a chance to elect a sheriff who will come to work each day and do a sheriff’s job. Professionally.

Paul Heroux, who has a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in criminology, and who has worked in the Pennsylvania prison system, promises to jam his foot in the revolving door of release and re-offense.

While the incumbent’s slogan “jail is not a country club” may appeal to some voters, his cruelty to inmates is actually counterproductive. Paul Heroux thinks we can do better. Instead of half-starving inmates, torturing addicts with “cold turkey” cessation, and abusing solitary confinement, Heroux thinks meaningful rehabilitation — education, counseling, medically assisted drug treatment, and post-release assistance — can make all the difference. Taxpayers also save money when fewer ex-offenders return to a $40,000 a year cell.

The incumbent is running on a record of 25 years of failure. His jail has among the worst suicide and recidivism rates in the state, and he has done little besides making a habit of attention-grabbing publicity stunts and personally participating in an unnecessary escalation of a jail protest that was so egregiously violent that it resulted in the loss of his prized 287(g) program with the Department of Homeland Security.

By contrast, Paul Heroux — a three-term mayor of Attleboro who has shepherded his city through a number of recent challenges — is just the guy to professionalize the job and make the office a humane public charge rather than a private patronage bazaar.

After 25 years of the incumbent’s mayhem, many of us would welcome almost any alternative. But Paul Heroux is not just any alternative. Heroux was trained for the job, has worked in the field, has a vision for positive change, and will be the first Bristol County sheriff in a quarter of a century actually working in the public interest.

David Ehrens Dartmouth



  1. MortisMaximus

    June 2, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    No thanks!

  2. david

    June 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    This screed is nonsense; Hodgson ‘starved’ and ‘tortured’ inmates etc.
    Sure he did … fake news.
    The corrupt Biden Administration ended the DHS ‘violent offender illegal alien detainer program’ as political stunt to demonstrate their leftist bonafide’s. Nothing to do with the loudmouth activists that crave a complete breakdown of society to gain a sliver of power.
    Heroux is the typical Massachusetts democrat politician with the same tired, lame, failed policy planks; Heroux seeks to turn the Sherriff’s Office into a social justice function.
    Mr. Heroux: feel free to run for State Rep (as you served before) or State Senate etc; in Massachusetts it doesn’t matter anymore; there is no opposition to the leftists in charge. But kindly leave the Sherriff’s alone; we already have the start of a breakdown of civil society and we need some degree of buffer to complete anarchy. We don’t need a Social Justice Warrior as Sherriff; there’s a thousand other political offices wherein you can engage it that. Hopefully, the voters in Bristol County will be astute enough to see the value in keeping the old, grumpy white man as Sherriff. Especially if you live in New Bedford or Fall River and not comfortably ensconced in Padanaram, Round Hill or similar ‘privileged’ communities where early released or no bail felons (illegal or otherwise) never seem to commit their crimes.

    • Red

      June 2, 2022 at 11:50 pm

      David shut up

    • Red

      June 2, 2022 at 11:55 pm

      You all need to listen to yourselves talk lol

  3. Ken Masson

    June 2, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Here comes the “it’s fake news” from the lunatic right that are cowards that can’t post with their real name because they know their friends and relatives would find them repulsive. Fascist Trumpblicans only believe in punishment and never heard of rehabilitation that seems to work in most other systems. I guess the above tax payers like paying an extra 40 grand an inmate when they return and also not paying taxes not working. The above letter to the editor is point on if you investigate Paul and he’s very moderate and a strong leader Loved by his constituents. Just look them up on Facebook and see for yourself. Don’t believe the extremist fake news above.

  4. Ken Masson

    June 3, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Does anybody even noticed that clown MoronMaximus above? I guess he thinks he’s witty. Not!! He’s just like a little child and when you don’t agree in his extremist agenda he makes fun of you just like the immature child he is. Don’t be a partisan hack and do your own research.

    And too chicken to post with his real name because he’s embarrassed of what his friends and family will think.

    • MortisMaximus

      June 3, 2022 at 5:33 pm

      Oh no I’m under attack by Fall Rivers top Democrat political operatives Ken Massonic and Patty PIG Berry. These two disinfo operatives realize the failing of their political party and the pain that is coming for them in the 2022 midterm elections. Personal attacks from these two failures are comical as if I give a damn about the words of histories two biggest NPC’S. Hope the photo shoot at Patty’s litterbox goes well. Enjoy the cat piss and the hairballs you freaks.

      • Lucille

        June 3, 2022 at 6:06 pm

        Oh look more crying from the broke waste of flesh, no surprise there.

        • MortisMaximus

          June 3, 2022 at 7:28 pm

          Patty Pig; failed by the Fall River Pubic School racket. I’ll have to call some of my lower IQ friends to find anything of value in your statements. Can you give me Ken Massonics number?🤡💩👹

          • Lucille

            June 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

            You’re still crying over me, what a desperate 🤡🤡🤡🤡

    • MortisMaximus

      June 3, 2022 at 7:25 pm

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