Appointing two offices goes down wrong path

info@islandpacket.comOctober 29, 2012 

The question on whether to appoint rather than elect the county treasurer and auditor is on the ballot.

A year ago, the newspaper urged support for this change, assuring voters that they "should not view it as a taking away of their rights," adding that "the minimal requirements of being a registered voter in the county and willing to stand for election aren't enough for jobs as critical and technical as treasurer and auditor."

The superior wisdom of the established authority is always the argument for increasing that authority. In Europe, the presumably superior efficiency and wisdom of boards and councils has largely stripped voters of control over local affairs.

Although the proposed change may seem an innocuous improvement in county governance, it is one more step in the road to the administrative state -- a step easy to take but difficult to reverse.

Frank M. Brown

Hilton Head Island

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