September 19, 2003

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Público

Primeramente, un saludo cordial y una felicitación sincera para su colaborador Rubén González Fierro, por el ilustrativo artículo sobre: El Significado del 16 de Septiembre (Vol. XXVII No. 37, Septiembre 12, 2003).

Me tomo la libertad de hacer dos pequeñas aclaraciones a dicho documento, por con-siderarlas necesarias:

El pueblo de Dolores pertenece al Estado de Guanajuato, centro del nacimiento de la Guerra de Independencia. Se le llamó Dolores Hidalgo porque ahí se ubica la iglesia donde oficiaba el cura D. Miguel Hidalgo. Ahora una gran ciudad, está al noreste de la capital del Estado, Guanajuato, en la carretera de Guadalajara a la ciudad de México, poco antes de llegar a Atotonilco.

Hidalgo enfrentó a sus tropas con las de Calleja y fue derrotado en un lugar conocido como Puente de Calderón en las proximidades de Guadalajara, capital del actual Estado de Jalisco el 16 de enero de 1811 (Cita tomada de Historia General de México, Vol. 1, pag. 618. Colegio de México, Tercera edición, 1981.

Miguel Ravelo
Chula Vista


Thank you Francisco Ciriza

I just wanted to thank Francisco Ciriza for writing an excellent article on Love and Arthur Lee. Arthur is a legend whose contributions have definitely been under-recognized, and I thought it was awesome that Ciriza sought to give credit where credit was definitely due. The Mike Randle interview was also really cool, as Mike is undoubtedly one of the best young rock guitarists around today. Once again, thanks.

Victor A. Patton
Via email


Recall Our Campaign Finance System, Not the Governor

One of the few positives of the recall mess has been the attention paid to the role of special interest money in politics. Unfortunately, the attention has been rhetorical, not substantive.

First, Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that he didn’t need to take money from anybody, saying he hasn’t “sold out to any special interest groups”. Then he actively solicited more than $4 million from corporate donors. Not to be outdone, Cruz Bustamante pocketed over $4 million from Indian gaming tribes by manipulating loopholes in the current campaign finance law. His campaign advisor declared it was done to “create a level playing field between multimillionaires like Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rest of humanity”. In reality, the rest of humanity is not independently wealthy and couldn’t run competitively without raising significant special interest money. Sounds like the same old politicians and something needs to be changed. The answer is simple - publicly financed campaigns, or “Clean Money” elections.

Candidates who show broad public support are offered the choice to forego private fundraising in favor of public financing. They are no longer beholden to their wealthy contributors and special interest groups nor do they need to be a multimillionaire. It’s worked in Arizona and Maine and could work in California. Rather than recall the governor, lets recall the current campaign finance system.

Nico Pitney
San Diego

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