For those who know about Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, the formidable character of the Lord High Executioner in the Mikado is a favorite. He dominates the stage and imperiously declares that "The punishment should fit the crime!" As a matter of efficiency, he relates, "I have a little list, I have a little list of society offenders who might well be underground and who never would be missed, who never would be missed!"

Watching the reprehensible, chaotic disarray of our current politics I am assembling a "little list" of my own.

Michelle Bachman emerged from voting for shutting down the government, radiant as a new bride, "I've never been happier in my life!"

Rep. Randy Neugebauer chastised a park guard for not allowing access to a Memorial sight. She was there because "he" voted for shutting down the government!

Ted Cruz could better serve his country by being a regular on Saturday Night Live!

Among others who voted for the "shut down" are Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Steve King of Iowa, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, John Culberson of Texas and Sen. Joe Miller of Alabama.

These "never would be missed!"

We are told that Congress has a disapproval rating of 70 percent. We seem to have lost sight of the fact that we, the voters, sent these folks to Washington! Some people promise to vote out all incumbents in the next election. This is not a good plan. Many of our legislators are hardworking and good at what they do. What is needed is a little gardening, pull the weeds and leave the flowers.

If we want to survive as a democracy, as a nation, we need to elect officials who see government as a means for solving problems and growing the economy.

Yvonne Nyenhuis,

Lanesboro