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‘The problem with politicians’ responses

To the Editor:

Your June 25 editorial “The Problem with Politicians” addresses a very important issue. But it’s not as if we, as citizens and voters, don’t have control over this. We have simply let the system get away from us.

Frequently, we elect people for all the wrong reasons, They tell us what we want to hear and we are willing to believe it. Or they run disgusting ads (funded by big money interests) and we cast our votes on the basis of those ads. Or we look first at gender or ethnicity or whoever is the most photogenic or who makes the best speeches. Or we focus solely on one issue and not on the overall well-being of the nation or the state – and on and on.

Many people take pride in saying they don’t vote because of the system and the poor results it sometimes (maybe often) yields. Great answer. They should be proud of themselves.

I do vote but, unfortunately, I’m as guilty as anyone of voting for candidates and then taking my eye off them and trusting they will do the job.

Big money has corrupted the process, possibly beyond repair. Survival for a politician depends on doing the bidding of that money. Politicians have learned that the attention span of the average citizen is very short. No matter what they do, they know that another scandal will come along shortly and theirs will be forgotten. Plus, they can always appeal to a loyal base that really doesn’t care about how inept or corrupt a certain politician may be as long as their narrow interests are being served.

In large part the problem arises from our willingness to give government and politicians enormous power over our lives. We look to them to solve everything for us, and it seems the more we ask of government the less effective it is.

I have been gravely disappointed with both parties for some time now. Each has been captured by special interests. My feeling is that private money has to be extracted completely from the process. Lobbyists could still have unfettered access to all officeholders but election campaigns would have to be financed solely with money allocated equally to each candidate from a special fund.

Of course, as it is now the people who would have to make this change are the very people who benefit immensely from the current corrupt system. Citizens are going to have to figure out a way to make this happen or we risk losing this country completely to special interests.

I read somewhere once that in a democracy the people get the government they deserve. We certainly have that.

Ed Giesler


To the Editor:

I enjoyed reading “The Problem with Politicians” in the June 25th edition of West Newsmagazine. But I believe that a question mark after “educated adults” would have been more appropriate.

Nowhere in either the U.S. Constitution or the Missouri Constitution is it written that elected officials must have intelligence and common sense. Some of our elected officials behave as if they have one or the other, or both.  The majority of our elected officials, however, behave as if they have neither.  Therein lies the problem.

Alan Lester



To the Editor:

Thank you for the editorial on June 25 titled “The Problem with Politicians.” Already my stomach is sickened with the usual rants from both sides –  one side supposedly wanting to throw grandma out with the garbage, and the other side wanting to totally dismantle our American way of life.

Didn’t we hear this all in the last election, and the election before that, and the one before that? Don’t the Republicans know they will never win on trying to legislate morality? Don’t the Democrats know that if you kill the golden goose by excessively taxing rich people, the rich will take their money elsewhere and there won’t be any jobs here for those without money to work at?

Yes, there may be a few people in Congress that really want to help the American people. But then again, what help is needed and what help actually hurts? Whatever is being done does not seem to be improving our way of life.

The vast power given to each person in Congress must have a very corruptible influence, as once elected, politicians seem to forget where they came from.

Since we do not have term limits that would rotate fresh, new ideas into our government on a routine basis, we, the people, must do this on our own with our vote.

The following saying seems appropriate: Politicians are like a baby’s diaper; both need changing often, and for the same reason.

Noel LaVanchy




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