Restore the balance

About 100 years ago, during the depths of the “progressive” era, the United States began an experiment: to take the right to elect U.S. senators away from state legislators and give that right to “the people.” The experiment, embodied in the 17th Amendment, has been a miserable failure. No serious analyst would say that the U.S. Senate is more responsive, more effective, more respectful of the American people, or more honest than it was 100 years ago. — This opinion piece, published in the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., was written by Ed Lynch , a professor of political science at Hollins University.