Represent us all
By now, it is quite evident to everyone that the voters are being ignored in Washington, D.C. and in our state capitals. Politicians listen to political parties, big-spending corporations, unions and interest groups. They are not listening to their electors.
We are not a pure democracy, but we are a representative republic. The trouble is our representatives are not representing those who elect them. I would like to suggest that we take action to ask all our elected politicians to swear to something like the following:
“I do solemnly swear that during my term in office, I will represent all the people of my district (state, etc.). While I may belong to one particular political party, I will not limit my representation to just members of that party, but to all the voters in my district.
I will also limit my acceptance of finances and gifts to prevent undue influence on my decisions and voting activity. I agree to report regularly (at least every three months) to the voters of my district as to how I am working to represent them all.”
Perhaps this would get their attention!
Charles R. Carlson
John Blattner’s letter to the editor regarding columnists Charles Krauthammer and Victor Davis Hanson was both insightful and thought-provoking (“A real American,” Aug. 25).
What, indeed, has happened to our country’s thinking when we are moving backward instead of forward? What does make a “true” American? If we start to single out people because of our differences, then we are in a great deal of trouble.
When people arrive on our soil to start a new life, they have hope for the future. When people want to pursue their own religion, select a spouse of their own choosing or any of the other freedoms we enjoy as individuals, then they should be allowed to do so as long as it harms no other.
What has happened to our sense of decency, our sense of pride and our sense of doing the right thing?
Let the mosque/community center be built, stop accusing our president of not being born in this country, let gays marry and let us bring some grace and civility back to our world. Let us move forward, please!
San Luis Obispo
Out of touch
Regarding the Viewpoint titled, “The face of a state employee,” Aug. 28:
Come on, The Tribune can do better than that! That was the most infantile, self-serving and whiney article and you gave it center stage. The author, Joan Kennedy, personifies how out of touch some state employees are with the real world.
To Tom Platz (“Homecomings,” Aug. 23): My parents always said it was never too late to say “thank you.” Thank you for your service to our country. It is a better place because of you!
San Luis Obispo