To the editor:
I am responding to Jonathan Hayes' letter to the editor printed on Oct. 25. I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Hayes letter because of obvious bias and his apparent lack of experience, which has led him to several mistaken conclusions.
Mr. Hayes exhibits either his youth or inexperience when he says "I was genuinely taken aback . . . there is no room for temperament," in the judicial system. The American Bar Association not only knows there is room for temperament in the judicial system, but they define it as having "compassion, decisiveness, open-mindedness, sensitivity, courtesy, patience, freedom from bias and commitment to equal justice." Note likeability is not included in this definition.
Mr. Barron was very astute for recognizing that proper temperament is an important issue in this election, because many have not been able to find compassion, open-mindedness, freedom from bias, or even common courtesy from the current career incumbent. As for the pause before choosing the word temperament, Mr. Barron exhibited thoughtful decisiveness before choosing his words. I'm sure this was a deliberate effort to avoid the appearance of throwing mud, and was an attempt to be subtle in his campaign approach. Mr. Hayes failed to recognize the nuance. Proper judicial temperament does not mean likeability.
Dave Barron is a lifelong Republican, and Mr. Hayes tried to cite likeability and tie Mr. Barron to Obama falsely. Mr. Hayes did this because he thinks if he associates Mr. Barron to the president it will be a negative. There is no correlation between voting for a Democrat for President of the United States and voting for a Republican for Judge of Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas, except the warped, frustrated connections in Mr. Hayes' mind and his desire to confuse the rest of us.
As for Mr. Barron's politeness in saying excuse me - I applaud him - because far too often people forget to be polite during political discussions. Mr. Barron had finished an answer to a question when it occurred to him to add an additional comment, he politely stated "excuse me" and made his additional point. Kudos for politeness to Mr. Barron, and jeers to Mr. Hayes for failing to disclose or understand the reason for the "excuse me."
Both of these candidates have the experience and the ability to do the job. One has been an elected official for 20 something years and wants to continue as a "career politician," and the other has pledged to serve one term and move on. If you believe in term limits and putting an end to career politicians, then do your part and mark your ballots for Dave Barron for Judge.