Letters to the editor, August 24

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Free speech problem

Fifty years ago, I had a professor who stated that “free speech is for those who own newspapers.”

More than ever, because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the essence of this statement is true.

Sheldon Adelson promises to spend $100 million to get Mitt Romney elected. This means that Adelson has 1 million times as much free speech as a middle-class family that can only afford to contribute $100 to a political campaign.

Studies have shown that 93 percent of all elections are won by the candidate who either spends the most money or has the most money spent on his campaign.

If unlimited campaign spending is allowed to continue, especially without the disclosure of donor identity, our politicians will be for sale and our democracy will be undermined.

Bob Michaelsen,



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