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Deaf and blind on the shutdown

I don't really believe anything I write about the government shutdown is going to make a difference, but the handful of people who are responsible for it seem deaf and blind to any logic but their own ("Fund the government, then negotiate," Oct. 7).

Shutting down the government because you can't get your way about one law that you dislike isn't why our democracy was created. In fact it was just the opposite. It's what we were trying to get away from, a monarchy controlled by a few that felt it had a divine right to have things its way.

Seventy-five percent of Americans don't agree with the shutdown as a legitimate political tactic. The number of people being hurt by the "trickle down" effect of this increases every day.

The last time that a minority of elected leaders were so blindly attached to a single issue and their dislike of an elected president it cost us dearly in dead soldiers, orphans, widows crippled human beings and drug addicts. The only good news was that the result started us on a road to freedom for everyone.

Healthy debate and compromise are the cornerstones of this democracy, not dictating the terms through any means possible against the will of the people. The shutdown serves no one's interest.

If they think that the tactic is so valid and right, they need to include themselves in no pay and no benefits. A friend suggested that if the services aren't being rendered, then our tax payments should be withheld.

Now that makes sense to me.

Mike Wicklein, Baltimore

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