Terrence McMahon’s letter to editor of Jan. 7 (“Change Constitution to declaw the parties”) contains two mind-altering ideas to heal our sick democracy: Ban all outside-the-state political contributions, and make ineligible to run for president anyone who has been a member of a political party in the two years prior to the election.

Promotion and debate of ideas, rather than faithfulness to an individual or organization, follows. Thanks, Terry.

RICHARD NICOLETTI

Stoddard