Letters to the Editor - January 7, 2012

Letters from Scott Gibson, Susan Watkins, Robert McNamee, Gerald Fowles

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Don Dix


You don't need to inspect Iowa caucuses to find political tampering by big money contributors. One needs look no further than the state of Oregon to find elections which are purchased by 'the major political contributor' -- unless somehow one considers public employee unions exempt from the dialogue.

Nevertheless, those on the receiving end of the contributions will never pass any legislation that curtails these 'gifts' -- and the cycle continues for the next 'chosen few'.


Gerald and Mr. Dix,
I feel that "term limits" are the answer to a more fair democracy as well....
Corporations won't spend as much on a candidate if there"a "cap" on their usefulness!


*Refering to congressional candidates*


Scott Gibson,
I now have a new found respect for you. Maybe we aren't as far apart as I thought.
I think every other letter you have ever written to the editor over the years has made my conservative blood boil! We couldn't be more opposite in our politics. Frankly, your political views have made me feel ill and disgusted. Your previous letters have left me scratching my head and wondering how could someone take positions that are so morally wrong?
And then you shatter all of that by writing this touching, tribute to these three good men. You are a much better man than I ever gave you credit for.
You are so right, if all of us did a better job of being of service to each other and doing good to the very end of our lives, as these men did, it would be great tonic for all that ails this world.
A liberal and a conservative finally agreeing on something? Amazing.

Don Dix


Term limits would be a great start.

Next, consider political parties. What actual benefit do the Reps. or Dems. offer their members? I think it would be a safe assumption that most members of either party are not in total harmony with the party platform, or the candidates presented for election. And surly the opportunity to vote for 'the chosen one' can't fit the entire spectrum of individual beliefs.

The leaders of the Dems. and Reps. call the shots, not the voters. Based on who gives the most, congress is in place to submit/tie up legislation to protect those financial interests.
Is it odd that most members of congress see a dramatic increase in their bottom line after just a few years in office? Explain that (truthfully) to the average citizen. In fact, the taxpayers shouldn't even have to pay these clowns minimum wage, based on their work effort and ethics.

So, unless there is some advantage to being a party member that has been overlooked, the most glaring contribution offered by the respective parties is continual congressional gridlock with little chance of actually doing the job. Otherwise, it's just John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi dictating to their minions.

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