The defining difference between our Probate Judge candidates tips the scales in favor of Kirsten Keilitz. Kirsten's experience as a referee, hearing 1,000-plus family law cases, and her private practice in family law offer excellent preparation for the Probate Judge role.
For 20-plus years I've known Kirsten and her parents, Gene and Marlene Keilitz, observed her professional career, and volunteered alongside her in Rotary. She demonstrates adroit decision-making and wise diplomacy. She makes sound judgments based on listening, evidence, insightful "reading" of situations and seasoned understanding of human nature — exactly what I want in our next Probate Judge.
Has the experience
I have read numerous letters to the editor that tout a judicial candidate's experience. Often the letters emphasize a candidate's "experience," but they never describe the experience or how it relates to serving as a judge. I support Kirsten Keilitz' election to the Grand Traverse County Probate Judge position because she has the experience of sitting as a Family Court Referee for three years, who presided over trials, made evidentiary decisions, and assessed the credibility of testifying witnesses in her courtroom.
Experience for the job of judge matters. Please vote for Kirsten, who actually has that practical experience.
George F. Bearup
Remember the chaos
I am writing in response to the Oct. 11 letter headlined "A clear choice." Let's remember the chaos, the train-wrecked economy pushed over the cliff, the housing market collapse, the alarming shrinking of the middle class, all at the hands of the "clear choice" obstructionist GOP. The writer obviously wore "rose-colored glasses" during the Bush years or is in blatant denial of fact.
The Oct. 16 letter headlined "Obstruction campaign" is "spot-on." Obstructionist Mitch McConnell's stated primary agenda: "ensure Obama is a one-term president."
That mindset proves that the GOP agenda does not include what is best for America.