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I only hope that the citizens of this county wake up to the difference between words and actions and start demanding real, substantial changes in the out-of-control funding of local elections ("'The Peoples' Election,'" Sept. 18). I was outraged by the mealy-mouthed words from Bohn and others of the Gang of Four. Bohn, recipient of the most fat-cat money, speaks as though butter wouldn't melt in his mouth when he says he wants "the big checks out." He and his cohorts just want to play at a game that makes it look like they want to "level the playing field" but they've been playing to the wants of their donors since they stepped into office and the people be damned.

Not only should Lovelace's suggestion of a $500 cap on donations be insisted upon but it must be accompanied by a spending ceiling of no more than $40,000 or $50,000. A donation cap by itself will not work because there are too many ways around that. A company gives and then the wife of the CEO gives and then an employee gives and so forth. The fact that Lovelace's suggestion was ignored by the Four speaks volumes. Their actions speak louder than their false words.

No real change will happen if people are not willing to act in strong and clear ways and demand change. Until that happens the Four have too much to lose by putting real caps on spending. Attend meetings, write letters, send emails to the Supes, demand what is right.-

— Sylvia De Rooy, Indianola


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