Dick Rudolph, Dana Point
In the last couple of issues of the Dana Point Times, letters in the Soapbox have featured writers bemoaning the lack of transparency and respect for the citizens of the community demonstrated by the council members and their votes.
We all know the antics at the federal and state government levels, where outrageous acts and statements made by the power elite, when met with resistance and criticism, are supported and endorsed by the media and even other government agencies who, respectively, throw mud, assassinate the character of others and cast aspersions on critics, then bring legal and/or regulatory pressure against them.
Both groups are sending a message to the public that the immoral and illegal activities of the elite are not to be questioned, or else, so just shut up.
Do you ever wonder what message is received by the power elite? My belief is that whenever someone who speaks out against them and is promptly put down, it sends them the message that they can do no wrong. Whoever has the temerity to attempt a stand against their actions becomes a societal outcast, therefore, the elite can freely continue their nefarious ways without hindrance.
All levels of government and other public institutions (schools are a glaring example) are now operating as if their employers, the tax paying public, are irrelevant and can be safely ignored.
Although letter writing and attending meetings may help stem this tide, it is not enough to convince the elite to change their ways. They must be defeated and cast out at all levels, from small towns all the way to Washington, D.C. and every organization in between.
There are plenty of honest citizens to take their place and clean their filthy houses.