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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Depending on your conversation partners, you may be hearing less and less conviction that we are living in a representative democracy – a form of government where the powers of sovereignty are delegated to a body of people, elected from time to time, who exercise those powers for the benefit of the whole nation.

Some believe that we are now an oligarchy – a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people are not necessarily elected to office, but their power and influence always stem from wealth, family ties, business connections, etc.

Others believe that we have become a corporatocracy – an expression meant to identify a loose confederation of corporations, banks and media that use their money and access to halls of power to bend the will of government. The small group of people who control these entities use their financial clout to influence election of politicians who, in turn, write or support legislation and associated regulations that favor the bottom line of big business.



That clout received a giant boost from the Supreme Court’s 2010 “corporate personhood” ruling allowing unlimited corporate money in U.S. elections.

Whatever it is called, something certainly appears to have eroded the democratic process that I learned about in school. Consider the concentration of wealth and power in banks, corporations, etc., that are now judged to be “too big to fail.”



Consider the huge amount of taxpayer dollars used to bail out these entities. Consider that they then turned right around and spent large shares of that money on executive bonuses, lobbying and campaign contributions.

Consider the widening wealth gap between those who have a lot and those who have a lot less in this country. Then consider how much influence ordinary citizens have with elected representatives compared to those who can afford campaign contributions and lobbyists.

Apparently a lot of folks who have done that “considering” are unhappy and are beginning to raise their voices by demonstrating on Wall Street, and thinking about what to do next.

What do you think?

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

This letter is in response to Jenny Garcia’s letter of Oct. 3. First, let me say I am sorry her brother was deported. It’s never easy having a family member torn away from the family. I’m sure he and her parents knew the consequences of him being in the country illegally.

It’s unfortunate that this valley is so flooded with illegal immigrants that there are not enough resources to stop them from creating these types of situations. It is the parent’s problem, not the police or ICE. The parents know what they are doing and what consequences they could face when they cross illegally.

It is insane to me that a person who is in the country illegally would be so irresponsible as to start a family fully knowing that they could be deported at any time. Everyone wants to blame the cops in these situations, but they are doing their job.

If there is anyone to blame, it is the family member who said, “I know it’s illegal, but I’m doing it anyway.” That is the person responsible for the family being torn apart.

As far as people being arrested in front of their families, would Ms. Garcia prefer the police not arrest a violent criminal because they have a kid in the car?

Christopher Stohr

Silt


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