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October 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Shutdown grievances continue to spark heated debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Democrats rally outside the Capitol to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Republicans to break the impasse on a funding bill and stop the government shutdown that is now in its second week, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Democrats rally outside the Capitol to urge Republicans to break the impasse and stop the government shutdown, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Editor, The Times:

As a devoted Seattle Seahawks fan, I’m inspired by Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s demands to defund Obamacare or refuse to fund the government and force a default on our debt. And, I’m eager to apply the Republican strategy to the recent loss by the Seahawks to the Colts. [“Obama challenges Boehner to call vote,” News, Oct. 8].

Just as the Republicans refuse to accept the outcome of the regular legislative process, elections and Supreme Court rulings that reaffirmed Obama and his policies, including Obamacare, why should Seahawks fans accept the close outcome of Sunday’s game?

Yes, the Colts scored more points and “technically” won the game, but it was close and there were bad calls by the referees — one call turned a touchdown into a safety that would have resulted in the Seahawks winning. So we Seahawks fans demand that the NFL immediately overturn this outcome and that all NFL games be immediately suspended until this is done. After all, we have a lot of fans who feel we should have won and we are really loud.

This is non-negotiable. Overturn this outcome or we shut down the NFL.

John Ariel Murphy, Seattle

Americans feeling the effects

No wonder Speaker John Boehner is smiling. He and his congressional colleagues are still receiving their paychecks and healthcare benefits while the American people are forced to cope with the effects of a government shutdown that threatens our economic recovery.

It’s an outrage that they can continue with business as usual — which, increasingly, means playing politics and doing nothing to solve the nation’s problems — while their constituents suffer. Let’s hope they will reap the consequences the next time they face re-election. Unfortunately, by then it may be too late.

Erika Giles, Mercer Island

A little democracy please

I fully respect the Washington state Republican delegation’s vote to shut down the government, if they truly believe they are voting in the interest of the constituency that elected them. [“What the fight over the federal debt limit is all about,” page one, Oct. 9].

I certainly disagree with their votes — whether their voters agree will be revealed in the next election. But, I wish they would allow my representative to vote for me!

Their party leadership refuses a House vote on the clean continuing resolution because they know it would pass with majority vote supported by most democrats and a handful of moderate republicans. A little democracy please!

Peter Sandvig, Woodinville

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