Letter to the editor: A charter committee’s flawed amendments

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Thumbing through the voters’ pamphlet is a monumental task. Very little is known about topics and candidates, yet we all want to do the right thing. The county charter is up for grabs this election cycle, and major changes to the charter are proposed by a charter committee. Maps are shown of existing Clark County Council Districts, 1, 2, 3 and 4, followed by proposed changes to that map, creating Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Look carefully at the maps and you’ll see the numbers don’t jive. You’ll also see the rural population’s power at the polls severely reduced, if this charter change is passed.

A voter must know what to expect from a candidate and changing to a non-partisan status leaves voters in the dark. No good can come from the recommendations of the charter committee, when they reduce the power of the people. Voters are urged to vote no on charter amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and study carefully charter amendments 8, 9 and 10. Voters were tricked into thinking the charter form of government gives people more power, but it doesn’t. It is just the opposite. It’s not wise to be tricked again, by a charter committee’s flawed amendments.

Carol Levanen, Clark County Citizens United, Inc., Battle Ground

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