Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Outraged Over Campaign Funding

Regarding Godfrey Sperling's column "A November Vote for Outrage" (Oct. 27): I have been a registered Republican all my life, but I just changed my registration to Independent. I deplore President Clinton's behavior, but I am going to vote for a Democratic representative and senator.

Why? Because I deplore the Gingrich/Lott immorality on campaign financing more than I deplore Clinton's sexual immorality. All the hearings on campaign finance were directed at the Democrats and the "horrors" of their fund-raising. Then these two "leaders" stood adamantly opposed to campaign reform because they knew that the same tactics they condemned the Democrats for using are more beneficial to Republicans than Democrats. The country really needed that campaign reform bill. You can call it politics, but I call it immorality. Rod Savoye Huntington, Conn. Help people to prize capital I am glad the Monitor published an opinion essay, "Making Capitalism Better" (Oct. 26), that speaks out about the widening rich-poor gap. The idea of employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) is a good one in principle. The problem with it, as with most wealth redistribution plans thus far devised by well-meaning idealists, is that the recipients don't know how to handle the wealth after it is handed to them. Having worked at a large corporation with a generous ESOP, I saw my friends annually sell their company stock as soon as they got it and use the money to buy pick-up trucks, boats, gun collections, SUVs, and other middle-class toys. Before wealth redistribution will work, you have to educate people to prize capital, rather than fritter the money away on indulgences. Al Alcala Munster, Ind. Good reporting on youth program As a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) volunteer and former CASA employee, I was glad to see the article "Court Volunteers Help Rescue Children in Abusive Situations" (Oct. 14). I served the CASA program in Columbus, Ohio, as both a volunteer and as communications and development director. …

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