Letters to the Editor

Country could use a paid voting day holiday

Our forefathers ‘Declaration of Independence’, in part, self-evident truths: all men are created equal; endowed...with certain unalienable Rights, including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;--to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Inequality comes from not voting. Of 246 million voters, only 82 million voted (36.8 percent or about 1/3 - no GOP mandate) in the 2014 midterm, lowest since 1942 (34.3percent. Every effort should be applied to get all people to vote, including a paid voting day holiday. I love our democracy, not an oligarchy or plutocracy. We need some late 1960s equality. The Supreme Court, with ‘Citizens United’ and ‘McCutcheon’ decisions, have increased inequality. Corporations will never be people, and the rich get more free speech than citizens with less money. Inequality gives us Ferguson, Missouri situations and a free enterprise ideology run amuck. There is no place for racism or a police state in our country. Free enterprise should be completely open and competitive. A Sunlight Foundation study, from 2007 to 2012: Corporate America got $4 Trillion for a $6 Billion campaigns and TV ads investment for Congressmen. Today, 95 percent of all income and wealth goes to the top 1 percent - huge problem. Meanwhile, global climate change is reaching extreme and lethal proportions while getting no GOP or corporate support. Time’s running out.

Michael Fuller

Tumwater

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