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We know there are many problematic aspects in the country’s election system, but the Iowa caucuses are perhaps the most strange. Here we have a state that is in no way representative of the country conducting a nominating process that involves only a tiny fraction of its citizens.

Yet because it seems everything in our country has been reduced to its entertainment value, both the media and the candidates turn it into a high-profile dog-and-pony show. Why should we expect good government when we don’t take our democracy more seriously?

Dick Schwartz, Seattle