When will ‘power to people’ make return?
To the Editor:
Indeed, it appears that in this Christmas season of 2010, we are living in the dark night of the American soul. With the “Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission” decision of the U.S. Supreme Court passed last January, our political system was given into the hands of the large corporations, among them the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which now has the right to dispense an unlimited amount of money into political campaigns as an expression of their “right of free speech.”
When a Thanksgiving 2005 ice storm wrecked 11,100 power poles and shut down power in many parts of eastern South Dakota, cleanup crews scrambled to secure the area, prevent injuries and restore electricity.
And as those electric company crews mustered as much manpower as they could, assistance showed up in the form of more than 20 minimum-security inmates, wearing bright orange clothing and toting chainsaws.
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