Under no circumstance
This is an answer to Friday’s letter extolling Trump “For the unlimited energy, commitment and passion for his compatriots that he brought with him.” I’m not an expert on politics. I read the local paper and watch the local news and honestly try to limit my exposure to all of this. But I am always amazed at how much individuals can differ in their perceptions.
The only “energy, commitment, and passion” I saw from Trump was his own self-promotion. Is his response to the pandemic and the unprecedented loss of our “compatriots” one of his “few imperfect choices” that he should be forgiven? Under no circumstance.
– Elizabeth Andrews
Republicans are deprived of money
Thanks to By a Harrop for indicating the amounts and sources of political donations for the 2020 presidential election (“Republicans Get Free of Money, 1/16/21). Our country needs a constitutional amendment that limits dark money in politics. Such a change would directly address the way in which the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v FEC allowed companies to be viewed as persons, claiming that money in politics was free speech.
Despite the withdrawal of some company contributions in response to anti-democratic events, these companies and others, including unidentified donors or “dark money,” are sure to be back. Corporate donations will continue to have a profound impact on the running of government at the local, state, and state levels.
Only a constitutional amendment can overturn erroneous decisions of the Supreme Court. We need to pass a binding, two-part amendment like the We The People amendment to confirm that businesses are not people and that money is not a language.
– Holly Newman