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March 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

No compromise made in sequester; budget cuts kick in

Sequester will prove damaging for the arts

Thanks to the Oscars and my wife’s extensive library, I started reading “Life of Pi.” Yann Martel is brilliant, even to the point of writing an incredible preface. I was struck by the closing words in his author’s notes; “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and have worthless dreams.”

Think now of sequestration in the context of Martel’s words [“Nobody budged,” page one, March 2]. What will be the first thing to lose funding? The arts. What will be the first to restore funding? The military.

–Jim Presti, Bellevue

Congress, Obama failed constituents

I work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We, along with our Cancer Consortium partners at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, do good work with federal dollars, yet because of the sequester we will suffer along with significantly less-meaningful and less-efficient projects across the morbidly obese spectrum of federal spending.

This travesty was caused by congressional intransigence — alternatively I could say it was their failure to lead. I am referring to senators and representatives from all states, along with the Obama administration. All have failed to properly represent the interests of constituents and to uphold their sworn duty to our Constitution.

I will leave it to them as individuals to pick which of these two epithets most aptly describes their role in the current budget debacle and to ponder how they can do better. Meanwhile, the constituents back home will have to deal with the consequences of their failure.

–David Rogers, software developer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle

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