Letters to the Editor

Olden letter: Otter-Attorney General

The governor and many Republican legislators tout adhering to the constitution and rule of law — except when they disagree with it. These politicians can get legal advice on legislation from the attorney general’s office to determine whether it’s legal. However, officeholders may ignore the attorney general’s advice or not bother to ask for it if they suspect they won’t like the answer. Either way, taxpayers lose when courts find the legislation illegal or unconstitutional, as they almost always have recently. On “Idaho Reports” (PBS, April 1), Attorney General Wasden explains the latest “political theatrics” of those trying to weaken the AG’s office. The Attorney General is separately elected to prevent too much concentration of power in one office. The governor and Sen. Bart Davis have both publicly said they want to “deconsolidate” (weaken) the AG office, giving even more power to the governor and the Legislature.

Think carefully before voting for legislators in May and November. Choose those who support a strong AG’s office. When bills are enacted that are illegal or unconstitutional, lawsuits are inevitable. Then more taxpayer dollars will be wasted in more losing court battles.

Anne Olden, Boise

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