EDITOR: It's a long standing policy: America doesn't negotiate with terrorists. We should not negotiate with the tea party because doing so would legitimize its actions.
We might have to bear the consequences of its dementia, but in this case, we have to. We will need courage and backbone to prevail, but prevail we must. Our entire system of governance depends on it.
The Republican Party cannot and should not blackmail the people of the United States and to, as they say, “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.” That is not the way our government works, and we cannot allow them to hold the world's economy hostage. If we don't stand up to them now, we will be in this situation again and again. That is why we don't negotiate with terrorists, at all.
EDITOR: Donna Williamson (“Punishing taxpayers,” Letters, Tuesday) said that, as a webmaster, she knows of “absolutely no reason” why the Library of Congress website should be affected by the federal government's shutdown. I'm not a webmaster, but I know that websites run on servers and that servers cost money to operate, including salaries for the staff that maintain them.
It appears the library's administrators decided the website is not an essential service. I love libraries, but it's hard for me to argue against that decision at a time when applications for passports or Social Security benefits may be delayed, among many other vital federal services affected by the shutdown.
EDITOR: Obamacare is not perfect, but it is much better than the status quo.
It is not a socialist plan, but it was a Republican idea. It is settled law.
President Barack Obama ran on his health plan and won by 5 million votes. The Democrats received more than a million more votes for congressional seats, but gerrymandering and voter suppression allowed Republicans to retain control in the House.