To the editor:
Nov. 5 has come and gone, and with it the elections are over. The results: Most of the incumbents have been re-elected, empty seats vacated by retiring politicians have been filled by one of the two major parties, and those incumbents who lost had their seats also filled by one of the two major parties. Election night parties were held, and now the dust has settled for the real work to begin - that of representation of the people. The problem is the new face of the government is the same as the one that just left, just a little older. No new ideas were expounded. No threats to the status quo were even heard. The same old solutions to the same old problems were voiced in the same old ways but with new shiny party polished faces.
With the multitude of major issues that face this entire nation, how can one expect to get different results with the same old tired theories. The skewing of voting districts and the blocking of any entry from non-party candidates have proven we have had no real choice for decades. A restructuring of the election laws is necessary to let the best and the brightest into the mix. Spending limits on campaigns are necessary. Free access to the media by all top-tier candidates is a must. A public informed to the major issues and who supports which side is vital. Any muckraking, lies, slander, etc., and the candidate will be disqualified after a fair and impartial hearing. This will include anyone in direct line of the campaign and any "soft sideline" organizations that are involved with the campaign. Once established, these guidelines will help to bring back an informed electorate with the proper candidates and redirect the path of this nation to its rightful journey.