Letter: Judiciary shouldn't be subject to political influence

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Editor,

Three issues are of particular concern regarding the efforts to convince voters that the current judges of the state Supreme Court should not be retained.

First, it is essential in our form of government that the judiciary be independent and not subject to political influence from any direction or beholden to any group. Secondly, those who serve in these roles must be competent, and their abilities and experience need to be confirmed by those qualified to evaluate them professionally, not those motivated by a desire to consolidate power.

And perhaps the most disturbing outcome is the thought that voters would not take the responsibility to think independently and to consider issues carefully for themselves.

Our government depends upon an informed and thoughtful electorate. To receive mailings which ask me to accept the opinion of outside groups I don't know over the truth as I know it firsthand should be laughable.

I don't need to receive a mailing telling me whether my wife is pretty or my dog can hunt. I don't need someone I don't know trying to tell me whether Chief Justice Gary Wade is an honorable and thoughtful man or a competent judge. I have observed his career as a public servant for over 30 years. My wife's pretty, my dog can't hunt and I voted to retain because I'm interested in facts over opinion. Truth abides, power fades.

Sincerely,

Bill May

Pigeon Forge