Re "Deal doesn't negate the need for filibuster reform" (Editorials, July 18): I would just like to add one bit of information regarding the filibuster of the measure to defeat expanded background checks for gun sales. The 46 senators who blocked it represented only 38 percent of the U.S. population.
The Republican abuse of the filibuster as indicated in your editorial necessitates more than just a reform. The filibuster needs to be abolished. By giving each state two senators, the founders gave ample protection to states with small populations, but in no way did they ever foresee the day when those representing a mere 38 percent of the population can have control of judicial nominations and legislation. What we are allowing is making a mockery of democracy. -- Michael Eberhard, Folsom