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November 9, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Timothy Karr: White open spaces

We all can dream

I hope Timothy Karr’s appeal for “white open spaces” will carry over in principle to help defeat the attempt of some in Washington, D.C, to reimpose the fairness doctrine in a different part of the broadcast spectrum [“Broadcasters: Don’t fence those white open spaces,” guest columnist, Nov. 4]. This move is directed by those who would love to stifle talk radio with its conservative slant because their ideas haven’t resonated in the marketplace. (Remember the Air America failure?)

He appeals to Former President Thomas Jefferson as an author of the Constitution in favor of openness of the broadband spectrum. Jefferson was in France at the time and not a delegate, but his ideas on freedom were influential nonetheless.

The undue influence of money in politics in our electoral process spills over indirectly into the regulatory world. Our electoral system would be much more open and free if we had public financing of federal elections.

But that is a dream idea whose time has not yet come.

— John Woodbery, Monroe

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