Richard Anderson (Readers' Forum, Oct. 26) argues that straight-ticket voting "makes a lot of sense" because party affiliation is the most reliable indicator of how a representative will vote. By that logic, we should do away with candidate debates, fliers, mailers, TV ads and every other form of public discourse that addresses issues and have those issues debated behind closed doors at party conventions.
This is certainly a far cry from Lincoln's "of the people, by the people, for the people" definition of democracy. It's governance of, by and for party insiders.
Salt Lake City