Writer supports Wolfson as Justice of Peace
To the editor:
Golden Valley has a local resident running for Justice of Peace.
The "get tough on offenders" theme that dominates conservative politics falls the hardest on the poorest, who have a hard time getting to court, never are represented and usually can't pay fines on petty offenses resulting in warrants, repeated police bookings and jail time.
Just look at the arrests page of the newspaper or sit a few hours in a courtroom.
Judges must spend endless time on cases on harmless, poorly educated, unemployed and many non-English speaking offenders who don't endanger or offend anyone, all in the administration of justice.
Part of this is because electing judges is not democratic.
Judge candidates are gagged from "electioneering," are appointed between elections, and unable to solicit campaign finance like candidates for other elected offices.
Part of it is because judges must be lawyers who usually are in a social class foreign to these offenders. They never speak out on making courts run better. Randy Wolfson speaks of these things.
Golden Valley only has on-call police service and no one elected to county office. Voters here need to be aware of this opportunity to get a judge.
Henry L. Nickel,