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To the editor: Sarah Anderson’s guest editorial of Feb. 18, 2019 highlighted the value H.R. 1 holds for reining in the amount of money election campaigns need to raise, thus countering the dangers mega donors pose.

        American Promise is a grassroots group attempting to do the same thing but by a different route: American Promise promotes HJ Res. 2, a 28th Amendment to our Constitution. HJ Res 2 would accomplish this if it were passed by both the House and Senate. And that is a huge if given the current divided Congress.

        American Promise volunteers visit frequently with Northwest Ohio’s elected officials and their legislative aides at both the federal and state levels-- senators Portman and Brown and representatives Latta and Kaptur. The meetings provide insight into the functioning of the offices of our elected officials. The office staffs have shared that when there is an abundance of phone calls and/or postcards about the same topic flowing into our legislators’ offices, it gets their attention.

        So, to make the kind of changes necessary for a functional democracy, we constituents need to become involved. As Dietrich Bonhoefffer wrote: “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

        We need to be the change.

Carol Martin

Oak Harbor

 

Universal Income

What do you think of presidential candidate Andrew Yang's proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for every adult?
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