Issue: Should we appoint or elect judges?
DFO: This question comes out of a brief discussion I had yesterday with Editor Steve Smith. He believe we should appoint judges because some really bad candidates can become judges with a good political campaign. He's right. On the other hand, I believe I'm also right that judges can become arrogant and complacent if they don't have to face the voters. Also, good candidates would be overlooked under an appointment system. Then, it'd be more important who you know or whom you've contributed to in political campaigns.
Question: What do you think?