Re "Reform bid really a sham?" (Dan Walters, Feb. 17): I agree with Dan Walters that initiative reform should not make it difficult for currently disfavored factions to get their ideas on the ballot. Instead, we should try to mitigate the primary flaws in the process -- most unrelated to current political trends.
All legislation combines ideas and language. We are persuaded by the former but governed by the latter. The greater the number of persons voting, the more attention is paid to the idea at the expense of the language. And because, in contrast to legislative proposals, initiatives cannot be modified after their proponents have started collecting signatures, we often are stuck with popular ideas accompanied by awful language.
We may need automatically to sunset initiatives unless they are re-passed by the public or by Legislature. Such a process would force us to live with bad language for awhile, but not forever.
-- Barton Lee Jacka, Sacramento