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ELECTIONS: We need to get big money out of politics

Letter by Elizabeth Ogden, Puyallup on Nov. 29, 2013 at 11:31 am | No Comments »
November 29, 2013 1:09 pm

Re “How to get our voices – and our dream – back” (letter, 11-25).

The word “mandatory” leaped out at me in this letter. It’s a challenging word when we rugged individualist Washington voters talk politics, but as the writer points out, it is sometimes necessary to make something happen.

Taxes for schools, roads, police, parks etc. – these we accept as mandatory. Shouldn’t “mandatory” apply to the perhaps more basic public concern: maintaining a fair electoral system to make these good things happen? I believe it should.

There is an organization in Washington state that is geared to do just that – create and maintain a fair electoral system and get big money out of politics. I fell under its website’s spell several years ago, and it restored my hope that together we can get our dream back.

But voters must accept the word “mandatory”; we cannot expect to get something for nothing. The word applies to taxes for things like schools in order to make things work, and it applies to public campaign funding for a fair electoral system.

Check this organization out online: washclean.org and select “About Us.”

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