Beware, beware the power of appointments

There are many ways unscrupulous politicians will hoodwink, bamboozle and misguide their constituents. One of most nefarious is through the power of appointments.

Many local offices — county supervisor chief among them — have the authority to appoint members to powerful committees, such as planning. Appointees whose predilections and proclivities they know full-well in advance of the selection. These nominees often have well-established track records of supporting most big-money development projects. This while the interests of the average constituent, and that of the environment, be damned.

Said official then cries crocodile tears to the citizenry about how “they” were never in support of said project, glossing over the fact that it was their appointee who voted for, and more often than not, advocated for others to also vote for a developer’s project.

I’d much rather live under a honest politician with whom I disagreed than the sort who duplicitously feigns concern while surreptitiously maneuvering to smooth the way for that which he or she now claims to oppose.

Richard Salzman, Sunny Brae