Friday, January 27, 2006

Letting the people speak on the war

Citizens of at least 20 communities in Wisconsin will be able to vote on April 4 on whether the United States should bring the troops home from Iraq, The Chicago Tribune reports.

So what on earth is the matter with officials in Watertown, who have refused to put it on the ballot, despite petitions with 900 signatures, and amended language to satisfy concerns that were raised? Now it's in court. What is there to be afraid of in letting people have a voice?


At 1:21 PM, Blogger Shades said...

"outside the authority of the governing body" - not sure what the City of Watertown has to do with the federal Iraq policy. Plus - didn't the Common Council vote this down? Is democracy getting in the way of a politcal agenda?

At 1:42 PM, Blogger publius said...

So you'll then support a referendum on tax and expenditure limits, too?

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

No one asked the common council to stop the war. They asked them to allow the voters of Watertown to express an opinion, just as people in many other places are doing.

What is the council afraid of?

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Shades said...

Who said they were afraid? I didn't read that in the article. And expressions of opinions are for letters to the editor - not referenda. Again - 920 is designed for things the city actually does.


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