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Campaign fund-raising corrupts candidates [Letter]

While the so-called professors are pointing out the public's outrage over the excessive amounts of money spent on elections, so-called educators are asserting this is the norm for our political culture today. Like it or not, but accept it ("Primary campaigns cost almost $25 million," Aug. 27).

Quite frankly, I would like these professors whom your paper calls upon for their observations to spend less time talking to the media and more time teaching their students about the moral bankruptcy in government.

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I would like these educators to emphasize to their students the magnitude of government in our daily lives. Although I am not a professor, I am a non-traditional teacher and I believe that political science is the most important secular subject taught because everything from "soap to sex" is related to government.

The fact that only 22 percent of the electorate voted in the June 24 Maryland primary points to the fact that more people need to be educated on the paramount role that government plays in our everyday lives. And it's only logical that the classrooms of political science teachers should be a place for imparting this to students.

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We were informed that candidates for governor spent roughly $35 for every voter who showed up at the polls. Perhaps the professors could compute the cost per vote that I received in my candidacy for governor using these statistics: A budget that was, by design, $450, with a vote count of 3,221.

What would the result have been if I spent $15,000? I think I could have been elected. But I wouldn't do that, because I practiced what I preached. I ran my campaign for governor on principles, not on campaign bribes.

When will the day come when we get ethical politicians? When will the day come when professors use better motivational techniques to inspire students to bring about effective change to the corrupt political system in Maryland?

Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore

The writer was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in the Democratic primary election.

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