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December 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

The real fear politicians face

In his recent opinion piece “The gift of fear that keeps giving,” [Opinion, Dec. 3] Thomas Friedman says that 9/11 has kept us and our government running scared ever since.

One symptom of this he says is the “gotcha” politics (especially regarding the Middle East) that’s running rampant nowadays with our lawmakers, instead of them pursuing anything more aspirational.  I believe that such a focus on keeping the other side from getting anything done is a symptom of another kind of fear — the fear politicians today have of loosing their jobs if they dare to lead instead of work to co-create what the country needs.

I ask each of our legislators to get their finances in order and put a check on their pride so that their fear of job loss can more easily be replaced with their courage and good will.

Dan Kennedy, Seattle

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