Regarding the political logjam involving the appointment of a new night court magistrate for Aiken County, some of the recent rhetoric ignores the central issue. The question that should be asked by conscientious public servants is: Which of the two possible candidates is best qualified to fill the position.
Every day businesses in South Carolina are tasked with finding suitable candidates for employment positions. The first thing that one normally does when faced with this situation is to determine the minimum qualifications necessary.
The General Assembly did this when it decided to require all candidates for magistrate positions to have at least a two-year associates degree. Due to the immense power given to a magistrate, I wholeheartedly support that decision, although I would like to have seen even more stringent requirements placed on the candidates.
However, until that day arrives, I applaud State Sen. Greg Ryberg, R-Aiken, for sticking to not only the letter of the law, but also to the spirit of the law with his nominee.
Bernard O'Bannon, North August, S.C.
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