Jerome D. Meier (Letters, Oct. 15), writing in response to your editorial against Proposition 61, hints at a much larger issue--what the initiative process has become and why it is totally out of control.
Duplicitous people like Paul Gann and Lyndon LaRouche supporters use and abuse the initiative process to keep their own names and myopic causes in the headlines.
In the case of signature-gathering for Proposition 61, many people like Meier were deliberately deceived about the intent of the initiative. Also, there obviously is no quality control over the drafting of the initiatives, as is evident in 61 and several others.
An entire industry has evolved to support the initiative process from signature-gathering firms, to public relations firms with a semi-specialty in initiative PR and, one supposes, even to the legal profession where "initiative law" has become a quasi-specialty.