To the Editor:

I really wish candidates in the current election campaign would stop saying they will go to Washington and Augusta to “fight” for me.

I don’t want people to fight for me. I want people who will represent me in a reasoned, logical manner and get things done. The gridlock in Congress has been created by too much fighting, not enough compromise.

Is it any wonder that the approval rating of Congress is down to 14 percent? The people want and need things to be done to make the country a better place. This “my way or the highway” approach does not get us to where we want to be.

The founding fathers did not have this in mind when they created our system of checks and balances. It is checks and balances, not just checks. We must have some of both for the people to be served.

It’s interesting to me that the word “fight” has become so popular in the jargon of candidates. Perhaps they think fighting is what the people want.

I haven’t taken the survey, but I don’t think so. I think people want a government that works, and this one doesn’t.

The best example of this is the fiscal cliff. Congress is so desperate for agreement they passed legislation that holds a theoretical gun to their own heads to force them to act.

I believe we the people must tell our leaders what we want: compromise and agreement. More of the same “fighting” won’t cut it.

Ted Bradbury
Bath