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July 20, 2009

Re "Lawmakers get the word: Reform or be reformed," July 14

Your article didn't mention the reformist organization that doesn't call for higher taxes or lower taxes or less spending or that demands that someone else's ox is gored. That organization is Honor in Office.

This organization simply says, "If you're going to vote for something, read it first."

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. How can politicians represent their constituents if they don't bother to read legislative proposals before voting? They can't. Knowing the "broad strokes" doesn't count, and saying that "the staff read it" doesn't fly.

Joseph E. Miller

Northridge

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Re "Budget talks as reality TV show?" July 5

One can't help but imagine that perhaps the job would get done if cameras were rolling. If the taxpayers were watching and listening, perhaps our lawmakers would accept responsibility and be accountable for their actions (or lack thereof).

Joan Hagie

Dana Point

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