I have never seen a less factual editorial in the Herald than the Sunday, Aug. 17th "Our Voice" from the Tri-City Herald Editorial Board. The top-two race in the 4th Congressional District, consisting of only Republican candidates proves this gimmick must be dissolved. It promotes a one-party system. It disenfranchises all non-Republicans, leaving them with nobody to vote for. This is the method that historically has deteriorated democracies into single-party dictatorships.
You wrote: "This seems great for the Republicans ..." (seems?) It's an obvious triumph. You continued: "But other voters shouldn't feel left out. " What? Are you inviting "other voters" to vote Republican? Did your editorial mention whether the ballot might contain space for a write-in third candidate? The Democrats and Independents don't have much time to organize behind a third candidate, if one is legal.
You wrote the following nonsense: "It is vital that Democrats and Independents also get involved in this election." How? In the 4th Congressional District, whom would you suggest we vote for? Both candidates are party hacks, both repeat identical propaganda but promise nothing constructive. Neither says he'll refuse bribes from lobbyists, and refuse Congress' lifetime pension. Neither promises to block firearms and ammunition sales to the mentally ill. Neither wants millionaires to pay taxes. Neither says he wants to end our government's annual trillion dollars in bonuses to corporations. Yet they both cry crocodile tears over the debt their party is engineering.
You wrote the following nonsense: "The minority party and independent voters become the tipping point in the top-two system -- when it works like it's supposed to." Don't you know how it's "supposed" to work? It's supposed to destroy the legitimacy of the minority party and disenfranchise independent voters.
You wrote that you assume there may be "moderate candidates in either party ..." There are no "moderate" candidates in the Republican Party.
It's a centrally-controlled corporate machine. It consistently proves this in its unified behavior in Washington, D.C.
-- JOY RASH, Kennewick