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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Bending the truth</b>

EDITOR: Shame on The Press Democrat for its Oct. 18 editorial ("Did Congress just buy time for a budget deal?") in which you bent the truth with this notion that our government could have defaulted on its debt had the partial shutdown been allowed to continue beyond Oct. 17 without raising the debt ceiling.

The truth is that a default is impossible unless the president takes it upon himself to go against the Constitution and not prioritize the debts.

I can't believe President Barack Obama would intentionally let us default. It would be political suicide.

BILL KETTENHOFEN

Kelseyville

<b>No place for a gun</b>

EDITOR: This entire Andy Lopez incident is a tragedy, and I feel very bad for his family. But we should not forget that he was carrying a toy gun with the orange tip removed, and he was asked to stop and drop the gun and did not. I feel even more empathy for the poor deputy (now outed) as his life will never be the same. There is no place in this country for assault weapons — toys or not. Nothing good ever comes from them.

SALLY HILLIARD

Sonoma


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