Carroll R. McKibbin (Viewpoint, June 6) said we could have cut the drama from the district attorney’s race by appointing our DA. In reality, the DA’s office needed a good airing out, according to those who would know, and nothing is as systemically cleansing as a good election.
McKibbin seems to have missed the unfolding tale of a powerful and secret NSA conducting warrantless domestic spying, because the lesson is clear: Almost everyone responsible for Washington’s war on the Fourth Amendment was an appointee.
Likewise, a rogue DA has the power to suspend civil rights, and the eyes of the voters may be our only defense. Why is a ballot so valuable? The answer is as plain as the nose on McKibbin’s face: It imparts accountability.