Election: Make criminals serve in office
July 3, 2008 · Updated 9:50 PM
Your June 21 article pertaining to the many Island County elective offices and positions that will appear on the fall ballots begets a fundamental question. Why would anybody in their right mind want to run for public office? Public officials these days have their private lives invaded, their intelligence questioned, and endure rude behavior as a price of doing the public's business.
I suggest in the interest of good mental health, why don't we elect low risk criminals we want to punish to elective office? You could say a form of house arrest, saving criminal justice money for more hardened criminal behavior.
Food for thought for those people thinking of throwing their hats in the ring for elective public office and for we who actively participate in the fall ballot box sentencing jury process.
Thomas F. Strang