Letters to the Editor

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Tag: elections

Nov.
6th

ELECTION: The American people have spoken

The American people finally wised up and voted against the failing big government policies of President Obama and the Democrats. Isn’t it about time?

The voters were fed up with the Obama lies and deception (Obamacare), the phony “war on women” and the sorry state of the economy. Numerous Democratic candidates didn’t want to be seen with the president and many wouldn’t even say whether they voted for him. What did that tell you?

Obama tried to be relevant, stating: “Make no mistake, these [his] policies are on the ballot. Every one of them” and “The bottom line is, though,

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Do homework on candidates and vote

We have important decisions to be made in the coming days. We have candidates for important offices asking for support, and it is important that we listen, ask hard questions and demand detailed answers.

Now is not the time for bumper-sticker politics. When candidates promise to fully fund schools and cut taxes, ask how they would do that. When local candidates run on issues at the federal level, keep them on topic. When incumbents ask for your vote, look at their records, not just the campaign literature.

There are no simple answers. There are some smart and dedicated people running for

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Sep.
16th

ELECTIONS: Amendment targets big money

I have a stamp, which I put on my money. It says: “Not to be used for buying elections,” and it means just that.

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010 opened the door to unlimited corporate political spending and struck down the laws that prohibited such spending.

The 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC decision said that the wealthiest individuals in our country can contribute even more money to political candidates and party committees – striking down the aggregate limits that had capped individuals’ campaign contributions during a single election cycle.

The Democracy for All Amendment is a

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April
22nd

ELECTIONS: Reduce influence of big money

It was good to read about retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ new book, in which he calls for an amendment to the Constitution regarding election finance reform.

It’s important to note that two U.S. representatives, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have stated that since the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision, “decision-making is often colored by the prospect of facing $5 million in anonymous attack ads if a member of Congress crosses an economically powerful interest.”

Washington state’s citizens’ Initiative 1329 is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reduce the influence of big money

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April
7th

TACOMA: Metro Parks bond costs too high

There are two large issues with the late April Metro Parks bond issue proposal. First, if approved, the new assessment would be a 50 percent tax increase from the current Parks levy.

The second issue is that Metro Parks currently covers 86 percent of the medical premium costs for employees. This is not a reasonable or sustainable expense for the taxpayers to support long term.

I suggest the voters ask themselves the question, “Do I want to pay this increased tax assessment for the next 28 years?”

April
4th

ELECTIONS: Citizens are being disenfranchised

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

The recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a takeaway from the average citizen with limited means. If money is free speech, then the financially less endowed are immediately put at a disadvantage.

The ability of all citizens to engage in this mockery of the First Amendment is now controlled by how rich or not rich you are. If, as the Constitution says, we are all born equal, then no other consideration of free speech need apply. If we are all born equal, then only non-monetary free

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April
3rd

ELECTIONS: Supreme Court pronounces us an oligarchy

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow virtually unlimited campaign donations by the rich, this nation officially pronounced itself an oligarchy. Now we have a government owned and operated by a few private citizens whose corporations the court regards as “persons,” whose money the court regards as “speech.” We have lost our democracy.

These elites and their congressional shills aim to dismantle the progressive reforms of both Roosevelts, Kennedy and Johnson civil rights legislation, and the Great Society programs. They turn both working and middle classes into

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April
3rd

ELECTIONS: Public funding of campaigns important

There is an old statement: “Things have to get worse before they can get better.” Perhaps this could be the outcome of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to increase the amount of money a citizen can give to candidates running for federal office.

For example, in the past a wealthy donor could give only $5,200 to an individual candidate up to a total of $48,600 (nine candidates). Now the total allowed is $2,433,600. How much can a middle-class and poor person give? Perhaps at the most a higher-middle-class person could give just one $5,000 donation to one candidate.

Who ends

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