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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 29, 2014 5:00 AM

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On June 3, I will vote for Janet Lyness for Johnson County county attorney.

Why? 

Because Janet Lyness knows that the county attorney cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones to ignore. She knows that if people want the laws changed, they must petition their legislators to change the laws. The legislators have the power to change the law, not the county attorney.

Janet Lyness will not turn her back on the laws she doesn’t like. She took an oath to uphold all the laws. She can’t and she won’t prosecute only the laws she likes. She will make an informed, educated, experienced decision about whether a prosecution should go forward based on the facts and the law as set forth by the state Legislature.  She has the good judgment and professionalism to decide whether charges are appropriate.  

I trust her judgment. If the charges are appropriate, Janet Lyness has no choice but to move forward. If you don’t like the law, tell the people in Des Moines to change them. Otherwise, let the county attorney do her job. And your vote on June 3 will allow Janet Lyness to continue to do the exceptional work she has done for all of us.

Pat Harney
Johnson County supervisor


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