Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Who is spoiled?</b>

EDITOR: Oh my gosh, where to begin responding to Gail Watkins ("Spoiled-child president," Letters, Oct. 8), it's up to Congress to debate, amend and pass the budget and approve spending. When the two houses disagree, a conference committee is created to hammer out a compromise budget. Once passed, it is signed or vetoed by the president.

Republicans in the House passed the Ryan budget on a strictly partisan basis, knowing it couldn't pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. After vilifying the Senate for not passing its own budget, the Senate finally did, but the House refused to negotiate in conference. The speaker even refused to name representatives to a conference committee. So the Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the government operating, with the spending cuts created by sequester at their present levels.

This is exactly what the Republicans said they wanted. But the House, led by the Tea Party Caucus, refused to pass this continuing resolution, demanding in addition a complete defunding of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Thus the government is shut down, and the full faith and credit of the U.S. is threatened.

You tell me, who's the spoiled child, and who's the adult here?



<b>Fall festivities</b>

EDITOR: On Oct. 5, I attended the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. It was a shadow of previous years, a sentiment echoed by numerous fair-goers. On Saturday, I drove to Santa Rosa Junior College's Shone Farm Fall Festival. Families were enjoying you-pick produce and sales, demonstrations, animals, tours, farm stand sales and yes, even wine.

Which event should be called the Harvest Fair?

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