Letters to the Editor

Accountable office

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.