Letters to the Editor

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Tag: campaign finance

March
17th

ELECTIONS: Let’s take back our democracy

The News Tribune raises a valid concern in calling for electronic disclosure of Senate campaign contributions (editorial, 3-16). In the current environment of huge campaign contributions by wealthy individuals and corporations, timely disclosure gives the public some inkling of who is funding elections – or should I say, who is buying our elected officials?

But the real issue is the campaign contributions themselves. Big money is absolutely corrupting our political process. Shockingly, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (2010, Citizens United vs. FEC) that corporations are people and money is speech! This defies common logic and has opened the

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Nov.
29th

ELECTIONS: We need to get big money out of politics

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

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Dec.
21st

TACOMA: City Council acts to correct an evil

Although it is not as emotional an issue as gun control, we will all be affected by the Tacoma City Council’s recent passage of the resolution that states corporations are not people with constitutional rights. It was a big step in the right direction.

A majority of the council realized that this was part of a larger action showing nationwide support for a constitutional amendment to help get big money out of politics.

Constitutional amendments are not easy to accomplish, but we’re on the way now. It is reassuring that the council majority “got” the beyond-local aspects of this action.

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Oct.
29th

VOTING: Elect president through popular vote

The 1787 Constitutional Convention designed an electoral college that is being used by today’s candidates in a way that disenfranchises many voters.

What may have been the best they could do in Colonial days gives disproportional weight to the voters in small states by as much as 4 to 1. Voters in swing states barraged by media blitzkriegs of ads and automated phone calls willingly sell their votes in exchange for government projects and grants.

Election campaigns are so expensive that candidates sell their souls to win elections. Many voters don’t believe their vote counts, let alone makes a difference.

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Oct.
26th

ELECTION: JZ Knight free to contribute, too

Re: “GOP to Democrats: Give Knight donations back” (TNT, 10-26).

To me, JZ Knight is a disgusting human being, but she has as much right to free speech as any American. All the hoopla regarding her campaign contributions is just so much pot vs. kettle talk spewed by Republican hacks.

I find her money to be no dirtier than that gathered in local neo-cons’ coffers from greedy corporate entities. (Thanks to the Supreme Court, they are “people.”)

To see the Republicans whining about a misleading ad by a Democratic candidate is truly hilarious, considering all the muck they’ve been

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Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Best politicians that money can buy?

As Election Day approaches, some politicians are preparing to personally buy their election, a trend that has become increasingly popular in today’s political climate.

In an effort to remain competitive with Derek Kilmer, Bill Driscoll dumped another $500,000 into his campaign, which, amounts to a total of $1 million in personal spending in this race for the seat of retiring 6th District Congressman Norm Dicks. Driscoll’s campaign consultant, Alex Hays, stated that this action proves the seriousness of Driscoll’s campaign to PACs.

This trend demonstrates how the democratic process has been hijacked by money. The  Supreme Court decision in Citizens

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July
25th

POLITICS: Why should we care how much money candidates raise?

I am not certain I fully understand all the hubbub regarding political fund-raising. Are “We the (dumb) people” supposed to be impressed with one or the other’s ability to squeeze millions of dollars out of other dumb people? How is this significantly different from buying a political position?

Aren’t we supposed to vote for someone with perceived upstanding morals and the ability to make good logical choices in office? Aren’t these the indicators of potential leadership qualities with less emphasis on party affiliations or the size of their bankroll?

July
17th

ELECTION: Where do candidates stand on the real issues?

I’ve read every word of every one of The News Tribune’s editorial endorsements of the candidates for every state and federal position, whether or not it pertains to my specific district. And I am disappointed.

Why? Because I’ve been looking, in vain I might add, for the candidates’ views on recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions (corporations as “persons,” unfettered donations by political action committees, women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, etc.) as well as immigration issues, Voter ID, repeal of all or part of the Affordable Care Act, etc. The list goes on.

In our area, it is evident that each

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