"Change" is the mantra of this election. That is true of all elections and always has been — at least on the part of the "outs." Yet, real fundamental change rarely takes place. We just get the same old divisive partisanship and pandering, whoever "wins."

Words are easy and cheap. Hard decisions and actual accomplishments relatively rare. To those preaching change and unity: You can't do it from either the dogmatic left or the dogmatic right. Only honest compromise, which will no doubt enrage the party activists of both parties, will get it done. Real change requires placing the country above the love of office and legislative majorities.

I am not optimistic.

Ronald M. Holdaway