Referring to George Packer's article: ‘THE EMPTY CHAMBER' in the August 9th issue of The New Yorker magazine, I understand that it is indeed possible for Senators to change the Senate rules with a simple majority of 51 votes. They could thus reduce today's epidemic gridlock by using the "constitutional option". In this wording the constitution states clearly that "each house may determine the Rules of its Proceedings at the beginning of a new Congress". We will have a new Congress beginning after the upcoming November election. This seems like the perfect time for us all, Democrats and Republicans alike, to urge our senator(s) to change the rules and take away the filibuster once and for all. That would allow the senate to again serve the electorate without turning every issue into a competition for power (and money) by yielding so much power to the minority.