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April 3 Letters to the Editor

Money and tyranny

EDITOR: Money, money, money. How do great sums contributed to a candidate equate to a democracy? Over the years, I've asked myself that many times. Aren't we just buying governance? Or buying anything a particular wealthy interest wants? How does that differ from corruption?

In his March 23 column ("The long reach of the National Rifle Association"), Chris Coursey reported that the NRA gave $18 million to independent campaigns working to defeat Democratic candidates. It sounds like the NRA has the advantage. Politicians don't want to come into its crosshairs, so they fail to act in a responsible way. They just roll over and play dead.

How is it that our leaders are so compromised? Doesn't aggressive power equal tyranny? Can tyranny be an offspring of democracy?



Willits needs bypass

EDITOR: It was brought to my attention that people opposed to the Willits bypass went on record at the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors' meeting as saying that I oppose the bypass. I had a call from one of the supervisors asking if that was true. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I have supported the bypass for more than 40 years. I testified at California Transportation Commission meetings when we were asking for funding. I have written countless letters of support. It infuriates me when people twist the truth and give misinformation if it seems that it will suit their interest.

The only alternative to the current imperfect design is a continuation of the status quo for the indefinite future. The truth is, the birds will fly to the next tree, the frogs will hop to the next pond and, 10 years from now, life will go on and most won't notice that anything unusual has happened. They will just be happy they can get through Willits and enjoy our downtown area.

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