Far be it for me to argue with a Supreme Court justice, but I do have an argument with Justice Alito’s defense of Citizens United. He said that newspapers and TV networks can print and say what they wish. Because they are corporations, he argued, other corporations should be allowed to do the same, using money instead of speech.
While it is true that newspapers and television networks are owned by corporations, I can write a letter in response to an editorial or cancel a subscription. I can also not watch a television station and thereby affect ratings which, in turn, affects revenue.
Under Citizens United, PACs are not required to divulge contributors, so that I have no way to show my opposition by not owning stocks in those companies or not buying their products.
Free speech is a sacred part of this nation's democracy, but just as I must sign my name to this letter I should be able to know who is “speaking with money.”
Nancy Hanger, Waterford