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I disagree that we need a businessman to run our country and that the government is simply one big business (March 29, 2018 letter). Our government was never set up as a profit-making business. Governments generally function to represent the common good — the will of citizens. In a practical sense, however, it's fine for governments to adopt sound business practices in running a country more economically with less waste.

It is our job, not the president's, to drain the swamp. We the people must demand term limits and never permit budding businessmen (aka career politicians) to use their positions for self-enrichment.

We the voters must demand Congress legislate that lobbyists not "pay" to have their needs heard and, to avoid conflicts of interest, not hold jobs open for legislators after they've left office. Every American is responsible for rejecting apathy, staying well informed and participating in his government.

Marybeth Yokovich, Merrillville

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Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.