Letter: Single-party rule harmful to Indiana

To the editor:

Despotism: a form of government in which a single entity rules with absolute power. One of the more unfortunate aspects of despotism is the inability to tolerate dissent in any form. Enter the Indiana Republican Party’s relentless attacks on a popularly elected public official, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

Single-party rule, whether by an individual or a group such as a political party, is never a good idea. Creativity springs from a mix of contending ideals and concepts. Turning the people’s government over to a single party whose goals and ideals brook no dissent stifles progress and leads to a form of despotism in which the will of the electorate is ignored.

Wake up Indiana. It is time for the voice of all Hoosiers to be heard, not just those of a single party. Stop voting the straight party ticket and select the very best among us for public service, irrespective of their party affiliation. The results will infuse state government with a new energy and a resolve to tackle and solve the important issues that face us individually and collectively.

Jim Curry