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Council gets it right
Dear Editor:For those with the patience and fortitudeto brave long agendas, the final item ad-dressed at the Tuesday, July 10 meeting of the Claremont City Council proved mostrewarding.On a vote of 3 to 1 with one abstention,the council approved a resolution con-demning the Supreme Court’s CitizensUnited decision and calling for the adop-tion of a Constitutional amendment stipu-lating that 1) corporations and unions arenot persons; 2) money is not speech; 3) po-litical contributions should be openly re-ported and 4) governments have the rightto limit such contributions. The discussionwas thoughtful and often eloquent.Among the impressive contributionswas Mayor Larry Schroeder’s examinationof the contention that consideration of na-tional issues exceeded the province of council business and was therefore inap-propriate. While admitting that the councilcould not and should not address all suchissues, the mayor argued that as part of thepolitical structure, it has a responsibility to“call out” decisions at the state and nationallevels that endanger the health of the sys-tem as a whole, and that the infusion of un-limited and unreported money into the po-litical process posed just such a dire threatto our democracy.In taking this action, the Claremont CityCouncil has joined the state of California,22 other states and hundreds of other citiesacross the country in this effort to seek re-dress from the corrupting consequences of the court’s decision. Good work, guys!
Dial-a-Ride is a Godsend
Dear Editor:We are writing in response to the articlein yesterday’s Claremont COURIER con-cerning the financial concerns pertaining tothis extremely helpful and valuable trans-portation service to those f us who for a va-riety of reasons, especially health, cannotdrive our own cars.For us and many of our friends who arein the same circumstances, the Dial-a-Rideservice is a “Godsend.”In order for the service to be maintainedand even expanded, we would be morethan glad to have the 75 cents basic chargedoubled or even increased to $2. Even nowwe try to tip the very kind and efficientdrivers at least that much.I am sorry we cannot attend the meetingat the Alexander Hughes Center, but if wecould, this is what we would suggest.
Hallam and Yasuko Shorrock
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 14, 2012
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Tuesday, July 17
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Monday, July 23
Tree CommitteeCommunity Services Dept., 6 p.m.1616 Monte Vista Ave.
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