George Rebane: Zink muddles the issue |

George Rebane: Zink muddles the issue

Mr. Phil Zink’s recent Other Voices column continues the argument that people other than Ms. Reinette Senum’s constituents have a right, beyond exercising their voices and wallets, to determine her political future.

Ignoring her received support, he seems to miss that Ms. Senum may well and most likely does represent the attitudes of some Nevada City residents, especially those who voted for her. In formulating our counsel concerning Ms. Senum, we should understand that:

· The legal expressability of an unpopular sentiment

· Public expression of the unpopular sentiment by an elected official

· The sharing of the sentiment by the official’s constituency

· The right of constituents holding unpopular sentiments to be represented

· The legal aspects of an official’s tenure in office – who/what is required to unseat, are independent factors that bear on the matter.

To muddle these factors only confounds the public debate, and highlights our Founders’ long-standing concern about America’s “Great Experiment” to demonstrate that people are capable of governing themselves. I have gone into some detail about this issue on Rebane’s Ruminations.

George Rebane

Nevada City

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