Letters to the Editor

Catfish conundrum

As the political conventions end, for many they illustrated there was something wrong in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Both ignored that fact that Washington, where both parties live, is the epicenter of what’s wrong. The dysfunction allowed by those who represent us on Capitol Hill is as bad as it’s ever been.

Case in point: A few weeks ago, the Senate voted to kill a program that wastes almost $200 million in tax dollars, allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to do a simple job the Food and Drug Administration has historically done — regulate catfish.

The Government Accountability Office says the program is such a duplicative waste that it’s called for its removal 10 times. More than 200 members of the House, including Florida U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo, are insisting that the House vote to repeal the program, but there’s still no vote scheduled.

Here we have a government program that wastes money, complicates small business with duplicate regulation and has already been done away with by the Senate. And while representatives like demand that the House step up and do its job, still we wait.

This catfish conundrum is indicative of the political disorder we see inside and outside the Beltway.

Kathy Alvarez,