Sleeping in closets
In your recent editorial you praise the frugality of congressional representatives sleeping in their closets at night. I believe you overlook something far more important.
We would be better served to pay them a housing allowance and have them work full time instead of three days per week for 30 weeks a year. There is far more to do than Congress can achieve in 90 days, especially when some of this time is spent out of chambers at separate buildings making phone calls and raising money. Very few of these members actually use their time at home communicating with constituents unless they are special interests or large donors.
Additionally, if they spent the majority of their time in Washington, D.C., they might actually get to know each other, allowing the formation of personal relationships that might lead to far more of the bipartisanship we used to see in previous times. PHILLIP J. PETERS