Choose on merit

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Your item (The women who could be Lester’s deputy, March 29) on a po­ten­tial deputy mayor fell short of proper anal­y­sis.

What is re­quired of the po­si­tion? The gen­der, race and age of a po­ten­tial ap­pointee should be ir­rel­e­vant to the choice of a per­son with ap­pro­pri­ate wis­dom.

Why should Iona Pan­nett be by­passed by Jill Day? Has her ‘‘Green’’ al­le­giance con­trib­uted to the fail­ure to date of trans­port plan­ning in the city? Should she lose her port­fo­lios?

Is kinder­garten teach­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion for a key coun­cil po­si­tion? The mayor owes the pub­lic an ex­pla­na­tion about what is go­ing on. MIKE WIL­LIAMS


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