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Appointed county positions opinion: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

Wayne G. Johnson

Beaver Bay

Every citizen of Lake County should be very concerned about the proposal of the Lake County Board of Commissioners to make the offices of the Lake County Auditor and Recorder appointive offices, as reported in the Lake County News-Chronicle in a past issue. That action by the board would effectively deprive the citizens of Lake County of the right to vote for those positions. I urgently urge the board to not take such action.

I, and millions of other young men and women, spent up to six years of our lives in WWII to secure the freedoms we as free Americans enjoy, one of which is the right to the ballot box. Many made the supreme sacrifice. They gave their lives to secure those basic rights.

It is critically important that the persons that serve us as county officials be selected by the people through the right to vote and be responsible to the people instead of to a board or commission.

As the city attorney for the cities of Beaver Bay and Silver Bay for over 50 years, and as a private attorney for a longer period, I dealt with those county officials almost daily. I always found them to be most highly qualified, efficient, helpful and courteous, and dedicated to their responsibilities.

No change in those positions should be made nor is it necessary. This is a classic example of the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”