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Judges should be elected

The unimaginable pain and heartache caused by the judge's decision to return shared custody of innocent souls Aubrey and Chloe Berry to their father is worsened in that this heinous murder was avoidable.

The judge was informed by Child Services of two issues concerning the children's safety while in their father's care. Rather than err on the side of caution as is done in restraint order applications, she chose to side with the rights of the accused over the rights of the innocent.

Three things can be gleaned from this. One, many years from now the judge will have filed this decision under "woulda, shoulda, coulda" and her life will carry on. Two, Chloe and Aubrey's lives won't. Three, the time is long overdue for judges to be elected and accountable to the people. 

But let's not stop there, the same can be said about the senate. Another example of an appointed position with no accountability and one where you are paid whether you show up for work or not. In addition, we should consider the Parole Board. The lenient sentences being given by appointed judges render the board purposeless. We can all start to improve our lives with as little as a click of a mouse, let your voice be heard. It takes less effort than brushing your teeth and just could improve our lives. 

Robert Brown
 



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