Wish there were a source to reveal who’s behind votes

Tue, 10/20/2009 - 4:24pm
By: Letters to the ...

Steve [Brown], I read your article in The Citizen. It was very good. When I lived in L.A. they had the largest official ballot booklet that I ever read. On every issue on the ballot, the booklet would include a section on the pros, the cons, rebuttal to the pros and a rebuttal to the cons. It made for a large booklet but it really helped give great info.

As an example, there was once an issue on “legalized gambling” in Los Angeles.

The pros spoke about the revenue it would bring to the city. The cons (which was mostly the churches in LA) gave their arguments against legalized gambling.

The rub here was realized when I read the rebuttal to the cons. In their statement, they let the public know that the Las Vegas Gaming Commission was funding the Church’s position. Obviously Vegas did not want gambling in LA because it would dilute people from LA coming to Vegas to gamble.

At the time, I did not know who was funding the Church’s position. I don’t know if it changed my position but at least I had the whole story.

The point is, I wish there was a source that could give the public all the info that they need to cast an informed, intelligent vote. In the meantime, keep on writing.

Al LaMothe

Peachtree City, Ga.

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