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Thursday's Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Thanks for your Friday editorial (“Shining a light on California campaign cash”) supporting the California Disclose Act, Assembly Bill 1648. Moneyed interests such as corporations and unions spend millions of dollars on attack ads targeting candidates or propositions. Too often these interest groups hide behind benevolent-sounding names such as “Citizens for Fairness.” It's about time we lifted the veil of secrecy on these special interests.

The Disclose Act exposes who really pays for political ads by disclosing the top three funders of these campaigns in the ads themselves so no one can miss it.

Big-spending special interests don't like the Disclose Act. They will pressure our legislators to oppose it. But we can stop them — if enough of us take action. To find out how you can help, go to the California Disclose Act website, www.YesFairElections.org, or come to the next organizing meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 111 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. Together we can make money in politics more transparent.

BONNIE ALLEN

Petaluma

Newman news

EDITOR: Doesn't Cardinal Newman High School have a school newspaper? The school's merger with Ursuline High (“Smooth transition,” Tuesday) is hardly a topic of general interest, is it? Front page? Multiple photos? I'm not sure anyone off campus really cares.

PATRICK CORCORAN

Occidental

Misogynistic society

EDITOR: I don't understand all the hysteria in regards to hormone-related medication for women. There is a reason I'm avoiding the words “birth control,” as anybody who truly understands knows that many times prescriptions are issued by doctors to women for reasons that are completely unrelated to contraception. Ovarian cysts, abnormal uterine bleeding and endometriosis and their often painful symptoms are often treated using such medications. Why should women be denied and suffer because of a side-effect?

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