The Washington Post

Wishful thinking on Congress

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George F. Will’s suggestion in his April 28 op-ed, “A way to end the Oval Office aspiration­s of senators,” that a “no senator or former senator shall be eligible to be president” constituti­onal amendment would improve the caliber of senators and of presidents and the equilibriu­m between the political branches makes a lot of sense.

While we are in a wishful-thinking mood, we should also consider that, although unlikely to ever happen, one of the most practical solutions to the extreme polarizati­on in our legislativ­e branch would be to implement voting via secret ballot. Maybe then voting according to their own personal conscience would replace their propensity to salute party loyalties and seek self-promotion.

Polo Mathieu, Springfiel­d

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