Letters to the Editor for Oct. 8, 2012
Williams has the credentials to serve as Justice of Peace
When we learned that a Justice of the Peace was not required to have a law degree in certain counties of Eastern Oregon, we were shocked. It made no sense to us, that one could hear criminal cases and determine the guilt or innocence of a person without having been trained in criminal law. Whatever the reason, it is a reality in the Justice Court system here in Baker County.
Both parties that initially filed for the position, who are practicing attorneys (one being the presiding Justice of the Peace), withdrew their names. We now have no candidate on the ballot who possesses a law degree. We have two parties to choose from, Mr. Bogart and Mr. Williams, for our next JP.
Logic dictates that we choose carefully, and elect a candidate who possesses the most education and experience in the interpretation and application of the law, if the job is to be done right. Between Mr. Bogart and Mr. Williams, one candidate is clearly the front runner.
Mr. Williams has achieved a master’s level in education, has decades of experience in the courtroom both in criminal law and presenting civil cases in circuit court, abundant administrative experience, and has served as a pro-tem Justice for over two years. Furthermore, he has earned the endorsement of someone who is licensed to practice law: the presiding Justice of the Peace.
That makes the choice an easy one for us. Don Williams is far and away the most experienced in the arena for which he seeks office. He is the best qualified, is proven, sensible and has given the citizens of Baker County exceptional service for 19 years. We also love the fact that he is actively engaged as a speaker in the effort to protect our access to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Victor and Linda Tate
Williams uniquely qualified for Justice of the Peace
This is a letter of support for the candidacy of Don Williams for Baker County Justice of the Peace. My wife and I have worked for the Pine-Eagle School Distict since 1977 and it was during our tenure that we became acquainted with Don.
During this time, Don was the director of the Baker County Juvenile Department. In our experience he was the only director that took the time to travel to the Pine-Eagle School District monthly to meet with teachers and law enforcement to discuss our concerns about at-risk youth. We found that Don was a person that had a dedication and concern for our youth and his efforts were greatly appreciated.
Since that time we have had many conversations with Don about a variety of issues which among them included his knowledge of ordinances for Baker County and the laws of the state of Oregon. We have found over time that his knowledge of the law is extensive and fair as evidenced by his service as Justice of the Peace pro-tem for the court.
When we look at the candidates who have filed for this position, we feel that Don’s extensive work experiences with the county in a variety of different positions, which includes his work with the Justice Court, makes him uniquely qualified and the logical choice for the voters of Baker County.
Wayne and Karen Endersby