I apologize to Marie and Joe. Coatesville City Councilpersons Marie Hess Lawson and Joe Hamrick were not at Coatesville Second Ward to support Representative Harry Lewis.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Chambersburg Public Opinion said:
“Our first inclination is to say yes, of course. It's time to end the age discrimination of forced retirement. But our second inclination, upon further reflection, is to say no, not now; for Pennsylvania, proposing to raise the mandatory retirement age for judges is getting the cart before the horse.
The credibility of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts is at an all-time low, in the wake of porngate/Chief Justice J. Michael Eakin’s resignation, the forced retirement of Justice Seamus McCaffery in the aforementioned scandal, and the removal, disbarrment and conviction of Justice Joan Orie Melvin on campaign corruption charges. Stir in plenty of internal feuding too.
Since it’s so difficult for voters to separate the sheep from the goats among state judicial candidates, extending the retirement age could prolong the agony by keeping at least some bad judges on the bench longer. "
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said:
“The GOP-controlled Legislature’s actions clearly were intended to boost the odds of passage — and perhaps to influence the makeup of the Supreme Court, which has five Democrats and two Republicans now. Without a change in retirement age, it will lose one of the Republicans, Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, at the end of the year. A Democrat, Justice Max Baer, turns 70 next year.
It turns out the Legislature had good reason to worry about the initial — honest — question going down to defeat. Some counties didn’t have time to remove the question from the primary ballot. Although the results didn’t count, the measure failed among the 2.4 million people who voted on it.
Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age, jurists still have the opportunity to serve their communities as senior judges who are paid by the day. If judges want people to respect the laws, they must do so, too. The mandatory retirement age is 70. Let them live with it. The Post-Gazette urges a “No” vote on the proposal to raise judges’ mandatory retirement age to 75 from 70."
Philadelphia Daily News said:
“We agree with those who filed the suits challenging the wording of the ballot question. We believe it is deceitful - and deliberately so, designed to bamboozle voters into thinking they are voting on a minor issue that simply codifies existing law instead of adding five years to a judge's term. ...It's hard to have an informed electorate when we don't give them the information they need.
On that grounds alone, we urge voters to vote "No" on the ballot question. We shouldn't reward the shenanigans that have marked the path of this question through the legislature and onto the ballot.
We also oppose it on other grounds. Our judiciary hasn't exactly covered itself in glory in recent years. ...
But we also know there is no shortage of smart lawyers who want to be judges. Being on the bench is a desirable job, and the lure is strong."