democracy

Reader Input: Money wields too much influence

I am deeply troubled by the lack of democracy in our elections due to the unlimited and undisclosed money being allowed to pour into candidates’ campaigns. Winners no longe ...

Another View: An overabundance of democracy?

A recent editorial I read asked the question as to whether we have too much democracy in this state. It noted there were some 2,300 special districts in California, plus 58 count ...

Reader Input: Why don’t we stick with democracy?

I do not want to “rile against” Mary Ann Frank but I would like to remind her of a few different facts from her own (“Gun control allows genocide,” Reader I ...

Civil dialogue for civil society

Can a democracy survive if the constituents cannot have a civil discussion about issues? Name-calling does not lead to an intelligent exchange of ideas. It simply stops the partici ...

Limbaugh is of little concern

So what if Rush (Limbaugh) called a woman a slut? It’s a non-issue. America has more serious, intractable problems that need attention. Nowadays, America is fast becoming a land ...

Democracy is inefficient

I believe the Congress bashing we have been seeing in the media (Reader Input, Jan. 18) and by individuals is terribly misguided and potentially dangerous. We have a form of govern ...

People must participate

Confirming Norman Pettit’s letter, “Wake up and dare to speak up,” (Reader Input, Nov. 27): Democracy defined is “a form of government in which the supreme power is vested ...

Scary to see Republican Party hijacked

Re: “Recovering Republican weary of promise-breakers,” (Looking Behind the Scenes, Aug. 28): From a former Republican to a recovering Republican: I find Mr. (Jim) Ruffalo’s r ...

Vote for the person, not the party

Dear Fellow Citizen, I have heard, “that if you don’t want to be forgotten as soon as your dead and rotten, either write things worth the reading or do things worth the writi ...

The United States is a Republic

Are you tired of the constant ballot measure barrage? We may do well to consider where we have been and where we are going. We pledge allegiance to a republic, not a democracy. Why ...