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Need more available representation (05/19/2013)
From: Don Evanson

A recent opinion letter, and others, of a writer that appeared in at least one Winona paper brought to mind a quote that I encountered a bit ago; “In his text, the writer sets up house. Just as he trundles papers, books, pencils, documents untidily from room to room, he creates the same disorder in his thoughts. They become pieces of furniture that he sinks into, content or irritable. He strokes them affectionately, wears them out, mixes them up, rearranges them, ruins them. For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.” Adorno, Minima Moralia.

In order to accomplish better government, we need better representation, representation that stands closer to the people. Diluting representation, by limiting the number of representatives, stands counter to that. It is better that I have my representation closer to me, so that I can reach out and “get them by the neck.” Perhaps we should be increasing the number of representatives, not diminishing them.

Further, the intention, a good one, of having government representation divided into two chambers, serves the purpose of keeping government transparent, and of potentially slowing the rush to legislation that may stem from only the passion of the moment. A unicameral legislature stands in contrast to that, for “Government in turmoil is a good thing” – if this isn’t a Thomas Jefferson quote, it paraphrases him – and it keeps government in transparency and responsive to its citizens. Granted, what transpires in conference committees to resolve the differences of the chambers must also be exposed to the sunshine of transparency, even if the transparency interferes with the timeliness of the work of the committee.

 

 

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