I believe nearly everyone is disgusted with the depths that political campaigning has sunk to. Isn’t it time that the citizens speak up and demand that their representatives and senators change the rules so that in future no candidate, or his or her representatives, may mention or even allude to the opponent in any way before or during the campaign months?

Let the politicians say what he or she intends to do if elected. We need to bring respect and dignity back to our government. We are a laughingstock. I frequently speak with Canadian citizens and they follow everything that is reported. Of course the media loves the dog-and-pony shows, so they will be against this idea, but the people’s wishes should prevail.

Remember debates in high school, when opposing sides debated controversies guided by an unbiased individual? No one spoke over a speaker and each person was listened to and given time to give his or her opinion. It was not boring; it was dignified.

I voted this year, but for the first time in over 50 years I was ashamed of the whole system. Shame on us for allowing it to go this far.

Please call or write your elected representatives and demand — nicely of course — that something be done before the next election.

Louise Marcoux Bowker

Waterville


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