Working to Drop the Rock
New York City
Not to diminish the accomplishments of the Working Families Party [“Noted: Row E for Obama,” Nov. 10], but real reform of New York’s Rockefeller drug laws is still to come. Amendments adopted in 2004-05 left in place the harsh mandatory sentencing scheme that requires judges to lock up thousands of nonviolent offenders every year. The cost of this scheme–measured in wasted lives and wasted dollars–is astronomical. And that cost is borne overwhelmingly by African-Americans and Latinos. Justice and common sense require comprehensive reform. This will require Governor David Paterson’s leadership. He can count on the support of the NYCLU’s 48,000 members, who will mobilize statewide to overhaul the Rockefeller drug laws in 2009.
ROBERT A. PERRY, UDI OFER
New York Civil Liberties Union
Raucous Caucus: Pump Up the Volume!
Mt. Clemens, Mich.
What a relief to read John Nichols’s “The Raucous Caucus” [Nov. 10]. As the last few months of the campaign came to an end (thank God), I was disappointed by how the Iraq War became an afterthought to the media and the public. I am still sickened by the unnecessary loss of life and the billions upon billions of taxpayers’ dollars being spent to fund the invasion and occupation, money that would be put to much better use here, helping our citizens. I am also very disappointed by the lack of any real change after the midterm elections. I hope some more Democrats (Pelosi, Reid, Stabenow, Levin etc.) will follow the lead of the Raucous Caucus and get a backbone!
High Point, N.C.
Bob Moser is sadly mistaken [“Obamalina,” Nov. 10]. North Carolina has not and will not fall for Obama. I can assure you, as a lifelong resident grounded in reality, and politically astute regarding these matters, I found his attempt to suppress the conservative turnout as transparent as his flawed and arrogantly presumptuous logic. The Obama campaign and its willing accomplice, the drive-by, antiquated liberal media, have once again underestimated the underlying and prevailing political current in North Carolina, a middle-right state that is capable of making up its own mind. So please spare us the “exalted one,” got that “tingly feeling running down my leg” garbage. We’re not buying it! Socialism will be rejected by the electorate. Come election day, North Carolina will remain a red state, once again, showing that you guys have not a clue.