Voters lack time to fully analyze arena issue
12/13/2013 11:10 AM
12/13/2013 10:57 AM
Re "Arena vote petitions arrive" (Page A1, Dec. 11): There is a reason why we are a republican democracy: We citizens do not have time to properly analyze and decide all the issues. Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote the classic “Democracy in America,” noted that there are so many issues for voters in a democracy that our minds are at sea. So, elected representatives analyze the information and decide issues on our behalf after full consideration. The Sacramento City Council and city administrators have analyzed the facts and have made an arena decision based upon due diligence and on behalf of the citizens. A referendum on the area calls for voters to educate themselves on the details if their vote is to reflect full consideration. Will the voting public do that? I fear that what will guide a public vote on the arena will be marketing, advertising and misinformation.
-- Brian M. Boone, Folsom
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.