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Reduce financing, shorten campaigns

January 30, 2011

I agree with Dan Kimber ("Education Matters: Why not take private money out of politics?" Jan. 21) that private campaign funding of elections is inherently corrupting. Money talks.

Public financing of campaigns would change that. There is no reason we can't start at the local level right here in Glendale. Kimber outlined the basics: all privately financed ads and mailings replaced with public forums and local media coverage, paid for with government funds raised by a very small local tax.

We already see the incumbents and the potential challengers in action at televised City Council meetings. Plus, they live among us.


Along with public financing, the length of campaigns should be limited, which would keep the funding to a minimum. Glendale is not a vast wilderness in which reaching voters is a major challenge.

The United Kingdom takes a month to campaign for their entire national Parliament. For Glendale's City Council, we can do it in a fortnight, at the longest. (Congress should have six weeks, two months tops.)

Just think how much we could accomplish with the savings of time, money, and most of all, our sanity.

Roberta Medford


The right to bear arms is the bomb

Guns, guns, guns — will the killings ever end?

The spate of horrible gun-related killings and injuries, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have flooded the media with sorrow and horror in recent weeks. These reports will assuredly lead to the introduction of gun control legislation, which the National Rifle Assn. and its friends will no doubt oppose vehemently and successfully.

I am not a member of the NRA, but I do belong to the NBMA (National Bomb Making Assn.), which longs for and greatly admires the legislative control that the NRA has. The NBMA objectives and rationale are identical.

The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to purchase, construct and carry bombs wherever we wish under the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" as members of a "well regulated militia." But be sure, we allow no wavering from the definition of militia that includes every man, woman, child and psycho in the nation.

We definitely need to forget about the "well regulated" modifier as that could mean state-legislated bomb controls.

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