Friday letters: We need effective government

October 11, 2013 

Congress Returns

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J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

It’s government for the people. So, how many people are tired of the way Congress (and probably many state legislatures) is operating? Yeah, I thought so. The big question is: What to do about it?

Somewhere along the way, those we voted into office, because of what they held themselves out to be, changed into party hacks. We don’t seem to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. More often than not, it seems like we have a government ruled by party affiliation, and the public be damned.

Whatever happened to the art of compromise? Whatever happened to a president working with both parties? Politicians seem to be more concerned with doing what will get them re-elected than what is best for the country they pledged to serve, protect and defend.

Is it time for party affiliation to end, for candidates to run on their ideas, to serve the public, and not have to cow down to their party’s pressure to vote as told? How do we make that happen, or is it just a pipe dream?

I guess it all has to start with the ballot. We must speak up with our ballots, with our voices, with letters (since many won’t accept emails) to those in office — sending them the message that their actions are no longer acceptable and that either they can step up or we will help them step out. We also demand that what they pass into law affects them, too. Somewhere, somehow, we must get back to a more responsible, more sensible and more effective government.

Eric W. Pantsari

Columbia

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