To the Editor: Letter writers politically driven
Written by Walter C. Hales   
Friday, 01 November 2013 09:37
In response to the Pat Tulson and Kelly McLaughlin letters to Sentinel-Tribune regarding Tom Mackin, candidate for the Perrysburg Municipal Court judgeship, they clearly have political motivations for their compositions and, while they don't mention the candidate they support, their candidate is obvious.
Pat Tulson hangs labels on Mr. Mackin based on his or her obvious political biases. "Straw men" arguments (Logic 101) are used to support his attack on Mr. Mackin. The candidate never misled the public when he chose to run as an independent. He gave his reasons from the onset of his candidacy. He did not want the judgeship to be regarded as a partisan, political position. Previous contests for the Municipal Court judgeship did not have party labels on the ballots. Judges do not legislate nor preside over city governments as do a mayor.
These writers do not evaluate the qualifications for judge but dwell on party affiliation. At the Perrysburg League of Women Voters forum earlier in October, Mr. Mackin did not inject ideology into his response to questions. He revealed his knowledgeable understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a municipal court judge. His comments reflected his legal knowledge drawn from legal education and many years spent in courtrooms. His comments were insights into his understanding of a judge's responsibilities in the Courtroom and in administering the Municipal Court.
By the way, the Perrysburg community is not ignorant of Mr. Mackin's activities during the 2012 presidential election.
Walter C. Hales

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