Topic: initiative 517
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October 24, 2013 at 7:33 AM
No need for law imposing physical restrictions on signature gatherers
I wish to speak up for the infringement on free speech that would be imposed on those who oppose initiative signature gatherers [“I-517: expands free speech or allows intrusive tactics?” NWSunday, Oct. 20].
There are already laws on the books regarding assault by one citizen upon another, so it would be redundant to incorporate the language of such behavior into an initiative. Since it is public areas that are under discussion in the initiative, I don’t think it is right to restrict another person from occupying a space close to signature gatherers while expressing his or her own views.
Thomas Munyon, Marysville
September 6, 2013 at 7:22 AM
Support and protect the initiative process
I’m a strong supporter of Initiative 517.
I-517 guarantees the right to vote on qualified initiatives (like those banning red-light- ticketing cameras) and makes the process of collecting voter signatures safer.
Initiative 517 does what the Washington Legislature won’t: It protects and preserves Washington’s initiative process for the citizens of our state.
Opponents, led by strip-mall lobbyists, are offering nothing but ridiculous scare tactics designed to protect the current big-money-only status quo.
They say if I-517 passes, people will be able to elicit signatures for petitions at grocery stores, sports stadiums and other places open to the public, which they don’t want. The gaping hole in their argument is everyone has the right to do that now, thanks to the First Amendment and court rulings going back 30 years. The intiative doesn’t change that in the least.
Protect our freedom and preserve our democracy. Vote yes on I-517, and put the citizens back in charge of our citizens’ initiative, for today’s Washington and, most important, for tomorrow’s Washington.
Jim Coombes, Seattle
Some wording in this letter to the editor, originally altered for accuracy and published on Sept. 6 at 7:22 a.m., did not reflect the thoughts of the writer. These changes have been corrected according to the wishes of the writer, as of 12:38 a.m. on Sept. 6.
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