Letter to the editor | Set the pleasantries aside

October 8, 2013 

The recent government impasse in Washington has many longing for the “live and let live” collegial days of the past when both parties and the presidents got along with each other and the world was a wonderful place.

What they fail to even notice is that those collegial days have brought this country to the brink of ruin.

We have a national debt approaching or exceeding $17 trillion, an annual budget that has red ink as far as the eye can see, a federal government that intrudes into each and every aspect of our lives, including reading our emails and listening in on our phone calls.

If this is what our wonderful political leaders have wrought, singing “Kumbaya” together in the past, I am glad there are a few now in Congress who are willing to challenge the slippery slope of ruin and absolute governmental control that this country is sliding into.

If that means a shutdown of Washington, so be it.

Suren B. Rao

Boalsburg

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