Sensible Center Is Stumped

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 20, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: It's That Time Again by Michael King [“Point Austin,” News, Feb. 10]: I suspect that many people share Michael King's ambivalence about the gubernatorial race. It is an easy choice for passionate partisans, but the sensible center is stumped. For me, I found more clarity in shifting the geometry of the question. Rather than what policies would I like to see promoted, I am looking at who is most willing and able to improve the process of government. Who is mostly likely to champion nonpartisan redistricting reform, open primaries, bipartisanship, cooperation, collaboration. For me this is Carole Strayhorn. She was a conservative Democrat and then a moderate Republican, and finally an independent when the Republicans leaned too far to the right. I believe she is most likely to grasp the importance of building up the sensible center of governance. If that were all she accomplished I would consider that a meaningful long-term success.
Paul Silver
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