Let us not base relevance on incumbency!

02/28/2014 12:02 PM

02/25/2014 1:10 PM

Re "The ghost office of Lt. Governor" (Jack Ohman, Feb. 23): California's lieutenant governor can be as relevant as any incumbent makes of it. While true that the office's institutional functions have become attenuated over time, there are plenty of legislative and executive branch challenges individuals occupying the office could help address, if not resolve, with appropriate leadership and coordination.

On the other hand, reversing the office's de-evolution into a hopeful in waiting room, or early retirement option, which has also occurred in recent times, requires more vision and time than any single term-limited incumbent has available.

Over the years, it has also been made abundantly clear numerous times that an activist lieutenant governor isn't welcome by those comfortable with the status quo. So looks like we should resign ourselves to more fun little dig from Jack Ohman and others.

-- Clyde Ellery Kuhn, Roseville

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