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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 12:00 am

Oct. 4, 2012

To the editor:

Obama or Romney, Republican or Democrat. We all hear the key words — conservative, lower taxes, less government intervention — but we want our government to protect us from the unfair and greedy. We want a level playing field, so our kids have their opportunity for the American dream.

We elect our chosen representatives to do the hard choices but punish them if they try. The whole country wants less waste, but we fight for our own piece of the waste.

Worst of all has been our inability to protect our government representatives from being influenced by those with special interests, primarily the richest individuals and largest corporations and unions.

Both parties have been complicit in failing to protect the general public. Almost all senators and congressmen are recruited and supported by their radical party leaders. In turn, the parties are supported by the most rich and influential through direct financial support and through their lobby industry. In essence they are buying what they want.

So what can you or I do to break this cycle of partisan gridlock?

Denounce your party affiliations. Register as independent or nonpartisan. Support open primaries, where other people can participate against party insiders. Vote only for candidates who pledge to compromise and have demonstrated centrist thinking. Voice your disapproval when your representative or special interest organizations go too far.

We don’t need less government as described by Republicans. What we need is less government that loses sight of its real objective: leveling the playing field for all Americans. What we need to do is force Congress to spend our tax money more wisely and to man-up and pay for what we want, and quit paying for what we don’t need.

What we need is to pay more attention, be informed, face our changing world problems and to be empathetic to our fellow Americans’ viewpoints.

Remember, our government is us, and is supposed to represent and protect us all.

Ed Linkous

Fairbanks

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