Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor -- city council appointments

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dear Editor,

I am disturbed about the city council's discussion about changing the method of selection of city officials to appointment by the city council.

First, I am not aware of popular discontent in the attitudes of this town's voters about Judge McInteer's job performance. American jurisprudence calls for a judge to know the laws, hear the facts of each case, and issue a ruling. We call this due process of law and a part of the rule of law in our country. To the best of my knowledge, he has been doing this. I must gently say that the complaint I read in the Democrat News about his performance sounds like a small child who whines when they do not get what they want when they want it. Lawn grass is too tall? Somebody or somebodies want something done about it by a legal enforcement of some sort? It also has the appearance of a raw power grab. While I am not an expert in such matters, it appears to me that by their hint or implication or outright accusation, depending on how one interprets their words, the council is treading perilously close to committing slander and/or libel.

The council's best next course of action, in my opinion as a non-lawyer, is to back off and apologize to Judge McInteer.

Second, I and many, if not the vast majority of this town's voters, appreciate our precious ability to vote to choose who will serve in these offices, and especially the office of municipal judge.

We have our opinions as to what is good and what may be deficient. In contrast, this discussed change would place hiring into the hands of a tiny few. If an appointee does not please the appointers by functioning as a rubber stamp to their wishes, as I see it, they could in a few weeks oust him or her and hire another one, and so forth. This would be an unfortunate move from the rule of law to the rule by men.

John D. Rosenbaum
Marshall, retired