Reader 'disturbed' by Anderson letter
I was disturbed by Mark Anderson's letter to the editor published Oct. 20. In an attempt to respond to a letter written by Randi Agens, Mr. Anderson maintains that he never submitted a response to VOTE411.org.
VOTE411.org is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. This is a reputable organization that has been providing information on voting locations, dates and candidates since 1920.
The voting guide that Mr. Anderson has a problem with has a very clear disclaimer that says, "All statements and videos are posted directly by the candidate, unedited by the League of Women Voters, and do not express the views of the League. The League never supports or opposes candidates or political parties."
In the answers on the VOTE411 Voter Guide, Mr. Anderson has responded to several areas that should cause voters to take note. Specifically when asked, "What services should state government provide and how should those services be funded?" Mr. Anderson's answer needs scrutiny. He states, "The true essence of state government is to only manage state government operations. In a free society, all social programs would be funded 100 percent by donations, thereby eliminating politics from the discussion." Curbing spending and balancing budgets is the goal of every responsible citizen. However, the idea that donations could even begin to cover even the most essential programs does not make sense.
I would invite voters to go to the VOTE411.org website directly and make use of this informative tool. The League of Women Voters covers all elections, from the national races to state legislators and judges.
Most importantly, however, is that everyone exercises their right to go to the polls and vote for the candidate of their choice.