The political theater of the Democrat and Republican national conventions strengthened my lack of faith in both of the dominant political parties. Watching chairs at each convention conduct so-called "voice votes" for which the results were predetermined was a great reminder that in these parties, the number one concern is consolidation and protection of party power. It was a great reminder of why more voters need to look at so-called "third party" candidates, two of whom (Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Jill Stein) are receiving federal matching funds and are expected to be printed on enough states' ballots to potentially secure 270 electoral votes, and yet neither of whom will be invited to the upcoming presidential "debates." The DNC and RNC reinforced my belief that it's long past time for some fresh ideas to break out of the constant two-party stalemate.
-- RICK RIENSCHE, West Richland