As a solidly purple, ticket splitting voter, I'd like to comment on Mr. Speer's editorial regarding the red/blue, rural/urban divide in our country. A divided government that listens and compromises can usually find the best solution; somewhere in the middle. One party government can have side effects. The recent ballot measures came about as a way to work around the Republican House and Executive in Lansing. The controversial health care reform happened when Democrats controlled Washington. Better solutions could have come about in both places, if the sides had genuinely listened and talked with each other.