Letters to the Editor

Questions objectives of charter review

Notions of what constitutes “fair and equitable voting” took much of the Charter Review Commission’s public hearing time at its April 13 meeting.

One criterion, not the only one but worth attention as the arduous dance between the words “republic” and “democracy” continues, is that those living within any jurisdiction should have a direct ballot capacity to choose their representatives who make decisions and create laws affecting all that jurisdiction’s constituents. The district-only voting proposal for County Council leads elsewhere.

Listening to many of the public comments and some of the responses by commissioners, I wondered how many people at the hearing represented the effort a generation ago to create a “Pioneer County,” and are now using “Charter Review” as an alternative means to achieve that objective.

Milt Krieger

Bellingham

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