Letters to the Editor

Recall ill-advised

Bill Monning
Bill Monning jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The recall effort against Sen. Bill Monning and others who supported the vaccination bill for children (SB 277) is extremely ill-advised. There is overwhelming scientific evidence in support of the need for such a bill.

Additionally, though, this is a serious misuse of the purpose of a recall. Recalls should be used for unethical behavior or serious breaches of the public trust, not simply because voters disagree with an elected official’s support of a particular piece of legislation. If you disapprove of an elected official’s voting record, then work to defeat him in the next election.

I know whereof I speak. In the 1970s, I was recalled in a local election for raising water rates and instigating a tiered rate structure. That is now recognized as a needed reform.

I urge all readers to strongly oppose this misguided and inappropriate recall effort.