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Opinion

October 31, 2012

How about backing what isn't controversial

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It’s the mountains of money in elections and bogus corporate personhood that’s on the Nov. 6 ballot, a chance in the first place for us to tell our state representatives and senators that they did the right thing when they voted this summer to make Massachusetts the seventh state to seek a 28th constitutional amendment, which will lay the foundation for cleaning up the mess the Supreme Court has dumped us into.

Nine states have asked for a Democracy Amendment; two-thirds is what the Constitution requires to force action. But even when three-quarters of the states vote to make it a part of the Constitution, that will be just the end of phase one. If all that hasn’t stirred up a hornets nest in Washington, DC - with so many lobbyists’ livings and usurpation of people’s rights on the line – the campaign finance laws that Congress must then reinstate and/or enact and the president sign will certainly make inside the Beltway look like a hurricane fighting a tornado.

You probably have questions about this issue and want to know how you can get them answered. Newburyport area voters will have that opportunity on Friday, Nov. 2, when a ballot question information night is scheduled, 7-9, at the firefighters hall behind the Newbury Town Hall.

The main speakers will the candidates in the 1st Essex state representative race, Lenny Mirra, Republican, and Barry Fogel, Democrat, who are both concerned about excessive campaign spending, emphasizing the non-partisan nature of this issue.

The moderators will be Kathy Lique, founder of Move To Amend North Shore, one of the sponsors, and myself. The other sponsor is the Social Action Committee, First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport.

See you at your polling place on Nov. 6.

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John Harwood of Newbury is a retired community journalist and a patriot.

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