<b>Voting choices</b>

EDITOR: I spent almost three hours reviewing ballot pamphlets, and I must say that deciding who merits my vote is an almost-hopeless task.

We have, first, a class of professional politicians running for re-election or changing seats at the government trough. These are easily identified by the use of phrases such as, "I will fight (have fought) to save (group) from (group)."

Then we have a few who clearly flunked English. Trying to make sense of their beliefs or intentions defies logic. Then again, these may well be better candidates than the incumbents.

Lastly, there is a smaller number who appear to be running on the principle that providing little more than their name qualifies them for office. Still, such aren't necessarily bad choices, especially by comparison.

It's certain that somewhere in the herd are a few who would honor the phrase "public servant." Some may actually be incumbents, though I have my doubts. The one thing that's clear: The top-two primary has crowded and cluttered the field. What were we to trying to do when we signed on for this? It was bad before, but now it's hopeless.

When I vote, I'm going to leave a lot of choices blank. I have a feeling I won't be alone.