‘One person, one vote’ goal of amendment effort

Sen. Alan Simpson’s recent column in the Sheridan Press (Oct. 28, “Simpson: We need a 28th Amendment”) deserves our attention. “Money’s dominance over politics is the number one problem our nation faces,” he asserted. 

The senator has stated the issue perfectly! Corporations and other wealthy special interests have played such an outsized role in politics that money — not meeting citizens’ needs — has come to shape governmental policies and goals.

By equating money to buy political influence with free speech, the U. S. Supreme Court in 2010 dangerously expanded the influence of big money and threatened the long-held American value of “one person, one vote.”

Today, Sen. Simpson and many others from all walks of life across America are working to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution which would restore the original principle that people, not-well-funded special interest groups, govern America.

A grass-roots, non-partisan collection of Sheridan citizens has joined Sen. Simpson’s effort and will be meeting at the Sheridan Fulmer Library’s Inner Circle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, to provide information and to answer questions about this campaign to restore democracy. All are welcome. 

Hardy and Patsy Tate



‘Dark Money’ affecting U.S. elections should be eliminated

Now that Congress is working on the budget, and tax reform, I think this is a good time to bring up something that should be of concern to all ‘natural persons’ of the United States – “dark money” — which is money donated anonymously. You can hear every day the special interest groups exerting pressure to ensure their desired tax breaks and reforms get the most attention. I believe, as does Sen. Alan Simpson, that our legislatures’ votes are effected — national, state, and local, by the amount of money that flows in to the coffers of the political action committees.

If you go to www.congress.gov and search HJR 48 (house joint resolution 48), the summary is very clear. I did cut and paste this paragraph: Declares that: (1) the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only; (2) artificial entities (such as corporations, limited liability companies and other entities established by the law of any state, the United States, or any foreign state) shall have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation by the people, through federal, state or local law; and (3) the privileges of such artificial entities shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

I think HJR 48 said it better than I ever could. If you feel as if your voice (vote) does not count, now is the time to act and make your voice heard and support democracy by supporting a state initiative to overturn “Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission.”

A learning session regarding Wyoming Promise with a film and Q&A session will be held at the Sheridan Fulmer Public Library in the Inner Circle Room at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.

Petitioners for Sheridan Promise are self-supporting and do not accept funds from outside entities. Please go to wyomingpromise.org to learn more.

Carol Torbert



Democratic leaders dishonest; offended by opinion cartoons

Re: Schumer, Pelosi, Clinton, Press

It’s Thursday, Nov. 2, and the Republican House of Representatives just released the details of its long-awaited tax bill. Details of this bill have not been available to the news media nor the American people until this moment. However, that did not keep the Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, from stating Sept. 27 that “it’s little more than across-the-board tax cut for America’s millionaires and billionaires.” House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi said on Sept. 20 the GOP plan does not qualify as tax reform but is “a framework that gives away the store to the wealthiest while sticking the middle class with the bill.” I have grown quite cynical about the false comments emanating from Schumer, Pelosi and Hillary Clinton and have ignored their false pronouncements. Honesty is not their friend.

I have always believed that a community newspaper should serve the local community by providing information that cannot be found in larger state or national news organizations. It should be our friend and welcomed into our home each evening. Unfortunately, the Sheridan Press has become nothing more than a partisan shill that shows its distaste for our president and the Republican Party on a daily basis. I call you attention to the political cartoons of Oct. 28 and Oct. 31 depicting the GOP tax plan as stealing from the poor and middle class and giving it to the rich. The newspaper did this without any knowledge of what was contained in the plan, just like Chuck, Nancy and Hillary. Further, it appears that the news articles selected have been on the basis on conveying the paper’s political message and not to inform or educate. In a community that has 10,559 registered Republicans and 2,288 Democrats, I am baffled and saddened by the paper’s highly partisan publications. It hasn’t always been this way and I would pray that it returns to a more fair and balanced newspaper in the future.

Just as the Sheridan Press has the right to continue its philosophical bent, I have the right to no longer be offended by it. The paper is no longer welcome in my home.

Alan Weakly