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Letter: Candidates need ability to think for themselves

Is our political system letting us down?

It seems like it is all about getting our respective political party candidates elected. Until Congress decides to compromise for the good of our country, nothing gets done. Congress knows they only have a 10-percent approval rating, but that makes no difference in their performance.

During the Aug. 26 "60 minutes" program, "Grover Norquist's Hold On The GOP" uncovers a major reason for the gridlock. You may Google this for the complete story.

Grover Norquist is a conservative lobbyist and activist that has been pressuring state and federal law maker candidates to sign his no-tax increase pledge for the last 25 years. Ninety-five percent of all Republican congressmen have signed his pledge to oppose any increase in income tax rates -- even for the rich.

I don't feel any lawmaker from either party should sign any kind of pledge that limits their ability to think for themselves.

Our state politics are also on a very extreme partisan path, resulting in a state government shutdown. Our rural cities cannot continue to receive less and less local government aid without it impacting our property tax.

My support will be for Alan Oberloh for State Senate and Cheryl Avenel-Navara for District 22B Representative. I have visited at length with both candidates, and they refuse to sign any pledge that limits their ability to think for themselves.