Although I respect and appreciate Doug Walter's comments that Congress is the root cause of America's problems (Readers' Forum, July 4), I feel there is a deeper problem in American politics. Walters says that Congress could fix all of our problems if the representatives we elected were more concerned with their voters than their careers. Although we have a representative republic, our representatives are probably more of a reflection of the people than we might want to admit.

If we expect Congress to be educated on the issues and we are not educated, then how can they represent us? Personal responsibility and informed involvement have always been at the heart of any great society.

Michael Ditzler