Arguments against Proposition 28 make fallacious claims
This letter is in response to the editorial “On good terms,” originally posted June 4, 2012. There are many sound arguments to be made against term limits, but allowing legislators to “worry less about reelection” is not one of them. It is one thing to assert that eliminating or extending term limits allows for more effective deal-making and coalition-building within the Legislature. It is another to fallaciously claim that nothing but good can come from lengthening the time legislators may serve in their chamber of preference — the admitted purpose of Proposition 28 — or to deceptively imply that safeguarding incumbents will directly result in a personal relationship between legislators and constituents. Nor will enacting such protections allow for the continued influx of new people and ideas into the Capitol. Rather, these arguments sound like those of a career politician whose only fear is having to face anything but his safe, gerrymandered constituency, or an end to his sheltered tenure in Sacramento.
Legislators must be kept accountable, not protected.
— J.F. Grant
Young voters are key to effecting political change
Democracy calls for compromise — but incompetent Congresses have compromised our whole country! For decades, Congress has continually added more debt — on our credit card — and just passed it on, causing our current crisis.
Since Congress refuses to change, we have to change Congress: Vote out all “soiled” incumbents! All of Congress must be made to realize their first duty is to country — no less than the same duty required of the youth they send to war! Congress can and should be rewarded for their patriotism — or lack thereof!
We have a real opportunity to kick-start Congress! “No soiled incumbents” says it all! This election should be more about those voted out! Their numbers are the incentive (force) to change Congress! With undeniable proof of the value of our vote, the possibilities are huge!
With no politics or party, college students and all young voters can join in free, common cause against their unfair, lifelong debt and rising college costs. Millions of frustrated youth to promote the vote! With their Internet — think Egypt — they can be an invaluable voice!
It’s not only our right but our duty — and our fault if we don’t! The solution can give citizens some control, no matter who’s in office — and even force an effective “Ethics Committee!” It can also give vent to public frustrations — with real, immediate, satisfaction! Maybe even dancing in the streets — instead of riots! All with our votes, as intended!
Consider the possibilities: youngvoterssolution.com
— Rich Aguilar
Personal attacks are invalid, misinformed
In her letter “Anti-Israel ad breaks trust, propagates lies,” (May 21-27), Thyme Siegel angrily attacks me, apparently under the erroneous impression that I was responsible for an ad in The Daily Californian that she found infuriating.
Her letter berates the newspaper for the highly factual ad, stating: “… an especial red flag should have gone up in taking money from anti-Israel activists. Alison Weir, whose organization If Americans Knew is mentioned in the ad, is a full-time hater of Israel, a task of constant malice.”
In reality, I am a former journalist with a history of opposing discrimination. I had known little about Israel-Palestine most of my life, tilting toward Israel in my sympathies. When a Palestinian uprising erupted in fall 2000, I grew curious and began to investigate it.
I was shocked as I read Internet reports from regional media, humanitarian agencies and eyewitnesses. These differed so markedly from U.S. news reports that I decided to go see the situation firsthand.
I traveled by myself throughout Gaza and the West Bank and saw entire neighborhoods in ruins from Israeli shelling, ancient orchards that had been razed, children who had been shot.
When I returned I began If Americans Knew to provide the facts on a tragic issue to which Americans are intimately connected through our $8 million per day to Israel.
For my work, I am regularly called names. Following a 2003 debate at Berkeley, I received a death threat. Nevertheless, I plan to continue my efforts to give Americans the facts — especially since we have the power to bring justice and peace. It is my dream that today’s college students will do this.
— Alison Weir
Council for the National Interest and If Americans Knew