Letter to the Editor

I want to know why we let lobbyists run our government. I question the role lobbyists perform in our country and I wonder how many others pay attention to the part the lobbyists play. We have permitted our state and nation’s Congress to allow lobbyists to deliver approval to the landowners and developers to charge any amount of rent they want. My rent was almost doubled when new owners took over this gated senior manufactured home park. The U.S. Congress has allowed lobbyists to take control, increasing profits for capitalist corporations. 

I have heard from many that this procedure cannot be changed. I don’t believe it is democratic since the people do not vote for the lobbyists and we have no influence in Washington compared to lobbyists. The Congress is supposed to listen to constituents and protect the American people. I am sure the wealthy are not anxious to change the system, but I want to know how this procedure can be corrected. 

Our government has been in the process of abolishing controls, deregulating all safety nets, checks and balances for the profit of a few. The branches of government should work together for the common good, not just line the pockets of the wealthy. I support Bernie Sanders because he is willing to take on Wall Street and the 1 percent and bring equity to our nation. 

Carl W. Mattila 

Battle Ground

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