There’s an election coming and
The Edge is probably the only
opinion column that doesn’t care
who you’re voting for.
There’s a section of the ballot that
asks us to vote whether or not to
retain a bunch of Missouri appellate
judges that nobody’s ever heard of.
The system allows the governor to
appoint judges from among a group
suggested by a panel of lawyers.
There’s no retail politics involved;
no candidates presented to the voters
except the incumbents.
The Edge is not a fan of this lawyer-backed
form of job security and therefore, votes “NO”
on the question of retaining any judge he
Some years back, the same system was
adopted for local judges serving, in the case
of Greene County, on the 31st Circuit bench.
The Edge votes “YES” for those he knows and
respects and “NO” on the others.
The numbered Constitutional Amendments
that this column pointed out to be missing in
the August election are found on the
November ballot. Number Two allows prior
bad behavior to be presented when prosecuting
child sexual abuse cases. The Edge doesn’t
believe any right-minded citizen needs advice
on this issue.
Number Three is a little more convoluted in
that it sounds good to tie teacher pay to performance.
The Edge doesn’t want the unions
telling school districts what to do and the
same goes for the State of Missouri. Well
intentioned or not, here’s yet another attempt
to wrest control of schools from the local residents
whose children attend them.
Amendment 10 would prohibit the governor
from assuming passage of revenue issues
and other future events when making the
state budget proposal. While The Edge doesn’t
have a problem with forecasting revenues
and expenses, the chief executive has used
this scheme in the past to attempt
to sway the people’s representatives
(the legislature) to folding to
the governor’s will. The Edge therefore
is swayed to take ruler to executive
fingers and vote in favor of