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Opinion

April 30, 2013

Politics as usual

(Continued)

We need to find solutions and those of us who want changes in the election structure need to step up to the plate. We need to shorten the time allowed for campaigning, limit amounts to be spent, cancel primary elections and conventions and have one main election six weeks later. And vote!

Maybe we can use the billions of dollars saved for our jobless citizens, a fair national health insurance program and fair distribution of funds to states that have had to cut educational and public programs. I don’t believe our forefathers ever dreamt that voting in elections would be so expensive. Maybe it’s time to eliminate the electoral vote and accept the public vote.

If some of my ideas sound familiar I wrote a column in September 2004 about the same financial situation in politics. Only in 2013 the cost has more than tripled and we still have not done anything to rectify the situations. For those of us who want change we need to stand up and tell Congress to get to work.

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Sara-Ann Eames lives in Newburyport.

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