Steve Tezber's letter (Oct. 15) in response to your editorial stated that there are no "quality people, by definition, . . . in government."
As a deputy city attorney, I know from experience that he is quite wrong. Most judges and public lawyers are skilled attorneys who could quite comfortably engage in private law practice anywhere, but instead have sought job satisfaction from contributing to the protection and betterment of our society.
These judges and lawyers, not to mention so many other law enforcement professionals, are quality people, and not by definition, but because of hard work, training, intelligence and dedication. The same thing is true of our public doctors, engineers and so many others who serve our community.
As a public lawyer, I am particularly concerned about criminal prosecution. Ensuring that criminals get what they deserve and that the rights of crime victims are protected are matters essential to the public good. It does not make any sense for the public to vote to drastically cut the salaries of many law enforcement officials, judges and prosecutors. However, that is precisely what Proposition 61 would do.