The editorial of Dec. 15 headlined “Democracy can be costly, but is it too costly?” makes some good points with regard to filling the Elk River City Council position by appointment rather than an election.
In particular: “To think that voters in Elk River wouldn’t rise to the occasion is an insult to the good citizens of this fine city.”
And, “In the end, it will come down to a decision of just a few council members and … Mayor John Dietz.”
I am a resident of Ward 1, and I would have appreciated the opportunity to vote for my city council representative. We surely would have turned out more voters than a few council members and the mayor.
What we are left with is indeed “… something less than true democracy.” Disappointing. — Rita Clark-Johnson, Elk River