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After reading The Day's editorial "Checks and balances," (March 5), I was shocked by The Day's solution to their described problem. By this letter, I take no position on the legal appointment or qualifications of the positions filled, I only want to address The Day's solution. Placing the mayor's appointments in the hands of the City Council is a bad idea. Having a mayor of one party and a council of another party sets up a situation that we see in Congress every day.
The answer is to make sure all positions go through the regular hiring process, in which the job is posted, applications are received by the Human Resources Department, they call in qualified people for an interview, and the top few applicants are forwarded to the mayor for final interviews and hiring.
This solution keeps politics out of the process and guarantees qualifications are met.