Letters to the Editor

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Tag: SHUTDOWN

Oct.
21st

SHUTDOWN: Boehner should not step down

Re: “Boehner should step down” (letter, 10-18).

It is absolutely outrageous that this slanderous letter was published. There isn’t any significant proof that House Speaker John Boehner knowingly “lied to America,” and the letter writer doesn’t present any.

The situation in Washington was fluid throughout the government shutdown. Nobody knows what Boehner knew at the time he stated “I don’t have the votes” (to pass a clean continuing resolution) on a Sunday talk show. The letter writer quoted an ABC/Jonathan Karl news report which stated that anonymous independent sources told him the votes were there. Karl did not accuse

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Oct.
18th

GOP: Even Krauthammer can’t find a silver lining in debacle

For the first time, I find myself in complete agreement with Charles Krauthammer’s opinion (column, 10-18), that the current usage associated with the term “Redskins” has changed and is no longer an appropriate nickname for an NFL football team.

But the real surprise was that Krauthammer avoided any comment on, or reference to, the apparent GOP debacle over the last couple of weeks. I’m surprised because he invariably finds some silver lining in everything, good or bad, Republicans do or say.

Some of the things he says in his columns I would tend to agree with if it were

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Oct.
17th

SHUTDOWN: America needed a statesman

Another “Band-Aid” approach has been signed to cover our government’s spending. Congress will be back at the same bickering in a few months. We already had a bipartisan committee meet several years ago by presidential request, and it came up with a number of good solutions to the debt problem. Unfortunately. President Obama didn’t use anything it put forward.

This president was elected not on merit but because he is young, good-looking, can project a well-scripted speech and is black. He was nothing more than a junior senator with no private-sector business experience and very little governing experience. He has

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Oct.
17th

CONGRESS: John Boehner should step down

It is time for John Boehner to go. The speaker of the House has demonstrated poor judgment, dishonesty and a lack of credibility in placing the minority agenda of the Republican Party over the interests of America.

Boehner led the partisan strategy to bring the government of the United States to a standstill, holding millions hostage and threatening the financial standing of the United States. He cost Americans an estimated $34 billion in lost job opportunities, suspended regulatory services, disrupted businesses, denied military support, denied access to national parks and suspension of many other federal programs.

He treated the federal

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Oct.
16th

SHUTDOWN: Politicians enough to drive one to drink

As I sit at my kitchen table with my laptop a little after midnight on a Monday following my evening shift, while my family sleeps I realize how fortunate I am.

I won’t get paid until the government shutdown/fiscal cliff nonsense is over, but I will eventually get paid.
Many of my co-workers are furloughed and not sure if they will be paid. Contractors and support personnel aren’t sure about their finances. Poor people on assistance won’t get their food benefits in some states. All because our elected officials in Washington, D.C.(both parties) can’t compromise.

All I can do

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Oct.
16th

SHUTDOWN: Red-blue divide exists in this Washington, too

Re: “Obama haters launch Civil War II” (letter, 10-11).

The writer makes a revealing point in his letter. There is, in fact, a growing divide within our nation, officially acknowledged as red states and blue states. But it is not limited to politics or even state boundaries. It is a cultural divide, one that can just as well be illustrated here in the Evergreen State.

There is the I-5 corridor, with a huge voting bloc in Seattle and King County, and there is the rest of the state. This voting bloc is the reason our state is largely represented

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Oct.
11th

SHUTDOWN: Obama haters launch Civil War II

What do you call it when rebels, representing mostly states of the old South, take Congress hostage and sabotage our national economy? I call it the second Civil War.

Let’s stop beating around the bush. They got elected to Congress in 2010 with the sole intention of destroying our federal government. They failed by legislation, at the ballot box, and in the courts, so now they attempt a coup. This is not about health care or the budget. It’s about their fear of federal government, their disdain for the rest of the nation and their hatred for our president, whom

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Oct.
11th

SHUTDOWN: Try turning off politicians’ spotlight

I am weary of the daily announcements of “no news” from Washington, D.C. How many times must we see and hear the president’s daily speech about the Republicans leading us to the brink of collapse and Republican John Boehner and crew howling about the Democrats’ unwillingness to negotiate?

I cannot bear to see Harry Reid and his appendage, Patty Murray (or as I like to call them, “Glum” and “Glummer”) standing in front of a bank of microphones one more time.

I have a suggestion for the news media: Shut off the politicians’ access to an audience.

Nothing is dearer

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