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Who are they representing?

Dear Editor:Regarding the petitions being circulated to allow voter oversight of public officials: Local politicians, in between vicious personal attacks on the voters, keep claiming that this is a “representative” form of government and that they should be allowed to do whatever they want. What is not clear, however, is whom it is they are representing. Special election after election has amply demonstrated that it is not the voters. If, as they allege, they are doing the public will, one would imagine them to welcome a chance to show voter approval in a ballot. That they remain in office at all only demonstrates to me that there is a basic flaw in the electoral system.What has happened is that they have become much cleverer at sneaking through legislation that they know the taxpayers don’t want. Do you know what a consent decree or consent action is? I doubt if even the newspapers could explain it. It’s a way of passing unpopular laws without publicity. Remember the infill legislation that was so hated that you probably thought it had died. Wrong, it just went through City Council. Now the development department can approve development, and as long as the council members keep their mouths shut, there doesn’t have to be any public discussion or visible report of it.Is it any wonder the local politicians hate and fear the voters? These people have gone through a billion dollars of your money in the last 10 years, and they want to keep right on doing it.Richard GordonAspen

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