Let Californians have a say on Iraq war

first_img(But) Is there any bigger challenge for the country than the Iraq war? And shouldn’t Californians have an opportunity to speak out in a democratic way? Schwarzenegger hasn’t indicated whether he’ll sign or veto SB 924, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata of Oakland. ? Political insiders think he’ll wait until the last minute to announce his decision. When he does, he should be bold and put the war in Iraq on the ballot. – San Jose Mercury News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! California is paying a high price for the Iraq war. No single fact is more persuasive than this: Of the 3,752 U.S. soldiers killed there, 401 – more than 10 percent – have been Californians. All states and U.S. territories have lost sons and daughters in the controversial war, and based on population, our sacrifice is not disproportionate. But it is significant. And that gives Californians both the right and the responsibility to take a stand. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can help them exercise that right. He should agree with the Legislature and allow an advisory measure about the war to appear on the February ballot. ? Normally, we don’t support the use of the ballot in this way. States don’t make foreign policy. ? last_img

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