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Letter to the Editor

Support for Brooks's campaign for Congress

October 03, 2012 - Dear Editor,

A few years ago there was a popular experiment in which they put a frog into a pot of boiling water and the frog immediately jumped out. Next, they placed a frog in a pot of cool water and the frog just swam around. Then they gradually brought the pot up to a boil. The frog just kept swimming in the heating water until it cooked to death.

When it comes to political campaign financing, we are like the frog in the heating up pot. Over the years we have seen a gradual heating up or increase of campaign financing. The last great increase was the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision. I understand this decision allows for unlimited unidentified donations to the so-called super PACs. I understand these unidentified funds could be from other states or even other countries.

Preston Brooks, an independent candidate for the Eighth Congressional District, promises to turn down the heat. He limits donations to $100 and only from local individuals. In addition to turning down the heat under the boiling pot, Preston is highly qualified. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former captain of a nuclear destroyer. He is currently a professor at Oakland University.

As scripture states, "You cannot serve two masters" and another saying reminds us "whoever pays the piper picks the tune." Under the current system, our government is for sale to the highest bidder. Let's change this by voting for Preston Brooks.

Gerald E. McNally


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