Lobbyists are running the show

I read with utter fascination your editorial, "Lukewarm Reform" (Oct. 20). Most telling was one sentence in the editorial which was about Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's proposal to reform the whole unseemly lobbying scenario. The sentence read, "The legislation requires lobbyists to disclose how much they spend on drafting position papers, proposed legislation, amendments etc."

Astonishing. I was under the impression our legislators wrote and passed our laws. Apparently I am a fool.

It seems that fat cat lobbyists are our proxy lawmakers, writing, amending and paying vast sums to have our laws enacted to benefit their own pockets. And this is democracy and I am expected to get to a polling booth this November in the slim hope this will all change?

Usha Nellore, Bel Air

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