This refers to Loraine Ramsdell's letter in your July 14 edition, entitled: "Support for Council." Ms. Ramsdell confesses to be confused about the fact that the voters elect a City Council, and then, by trying to pass a Managed Growth Initiative, attempt to take the power of decision making away from the council.
Ideally, it should be as Ms. Ramsdell states, namely that we should trust the officials we elect to act in the best interest of all citizens. Unfortunately, this is frequently not the way it works, and the political realities are quite different.
Most elections, and our council elections are no exception, are strongly influenced by money, a good deal of which is supplied by development interests. As a result they get favored treatment.
Add to that the fact that we elect council members on a citywide basis, rather than by district, as it should be, and the balance is upset further. Citywide elections in a large city are an anomaly. Most people barely know their own council member, let alone those in far-off districts. As a result , they must rely on the media and propaganda for information about candidates. Obviously, those with adequate funds can exercise a stronger influence.