Remove unsightly election signs
I hope that now that the elections are over all of the signs put out by candidates and others are removed promptly.
In Richmond, there are signs on every block and they litter the landscape.
There is simply too much campaigning
Mostly, I am OK with the election results.
However, I wish American presidential terms were back to three four-year terms (12 years total).
Seems a shame that about three years into a first term our presidents usually start campaigning for a second term. If the electorate then votes to re-elect the president for a second term, about three years into this final term, the president and Congress are labeled "lame ducks," in which not much important legislation is likely to pass.
Do the math: Subtracting two years of lame-duck periods from two four-year terms (eight years) leaves only six years of real, undistracted presidency.
I think there's too much campaigning and too much looking forward to campaigning.
Claire J. Baker
Response to Times editorial
If the Times truly wanted Washington to achieve any of the things listed in its Nov. 8 editorial, "Now it's time to make good on your promises," it would never have endorsed President Barack Obama's re-election, especially given the litany of failures the paper attributed to him in its Oct. 28 endorsement.
Jeanne Gray Loughman
Richmond voters defeated measure
I was disappointed with local and national press coverage of Richmond's Measure N, a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Ignoring the regressive nature of this tax, the mainstream press characterized the campaign as being a struggle between the "big bad" beverage lobby and the "noble underdogs," Councilman Jeff Ritterman and his entourage of dedicated middle-class activists.
Ignored in this scenario were the targets of this regressive tax: the working class, minority communities and small local merchants.
Ritterman repeatedly told the press there was no organized opposition until the beverage lobby arrived. The press never challenged this erroneous assertion. In fact, there was a lot of grass-roots opposition from the beginning.
This opposition came from all segments of the community, especially the working-class elements, but was dismissed by the measure's proponents and the press, implicitly communicating class and racial bias by assuming the citizens of Richmond can't think for ourselves. In fact, we can and have, and two-thirds of the Richmond electorate demonstrated this Tuesday by soundly defeating this poorly conceived regressive tax.
Charles T. Smith