To the Editor:
Monday was a day of three-fold significance. Most everyone knows it was President Obama’s second inauguration, and the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. But do you know it was the third anniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision?
What do Asheville, Bryson City, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Franklin, Greensboro, Greenville, Highland, Raleigh, and Sylva all have in common? These North Carolina localities have all taken a stand against the invasion of big money in our politics by passing resolutions at the local level calling for the ruling to be overturned.
News outlets reported that as much as $6 billion was spent during the recent elections, and (I believe) much of it came from wealthy sources outside the contested district, so can you blame them? We’re all supposed to be equals in our democracy. One person, one vote. But I don’t know many regular citizens with pockets that deep.
We’re all affected locally when policies relating to education, healthcare, crime or the environment are unduly influenced by big money rather than by what’s best for the people, as decided by the people.
I urge Edgecombe area citizens to ask our local elected officials to join the growing chorus of cities and towns across North Carolina and across the U. S. in passing resolutions calling for an end to Citizens United. In addition, there is a petition at the whitehouse.gov site calling on the president to use his State of the Union address to support this movement. I invite you to add your name to mine, and let the president and our officials know where we stand.
Melanie Goff Bradley