Letter: Time to resign
The recent op-ed piece in the Daily Courier by our representative, Noel Campbell, begs a response.
At the outset, he is quite correct that anyone who seeks public office in the U.S. instantly surrenders privacy.
Elected officials are held to a higher standard and are subject to public scrutiny and criticism. That is part of the arena that public officials sign on to.
The Stringer incident should not have happened. Mr. Stringer is a highly educated attorney. He brought criticism on himself by his remarks in June and he was counselled back then to “keep his mouth shut.”
A smart person, a thinking person who seeks to represent all of the people and be representative of a community, would know better than to express personal opinions that may offend segments of that community.
Doing it twice is just stupid.
We, here in the Central Highland of Arizona, now have only two-thirds of the representation of other areas of our state. We compete with these areas, particularly Maricopa County, for state resources and for issues, unique to the Prescott area, to be heard. As long as he represents us, our voice is dimmed.
He needs to resign if for no other reason than for the greater good of the people that he chose to be present.
I, like Rep. Campbell, am a Vietnam Vet. And I, too, subscribe to the Voltaire comment that he paraphrases about free speech, but as an elected official, you must use that freedom with circumspect.
Michael S. Ellegood, P.E.