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February 2, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Steps for Congress to take to address on income inequality

It is wonderful that some candidates for president have recently “discovered” the issue of income inequality [“Guess who’s discovered income inequality,” Danny Westneat, Jan. 23]. Since the Republican party is the current majority in Congress, it gives citizens a chance to see if they are serious about doing something about it. Extending the Child…


Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: Congress, education, income inequality

January 8, 2015 at 7:05 AM

A new Congress: Stalling is not a surprise

I smiled when I saw the headline “Rancor and stalling on Congress’ first day” [Nation & World, Jan. 6]. How epically non-surprising! This is the kind of Congress we get when the “majority of a minority” of eligible voters cast their ballots. The spinelessness of the Democrats is largely responsible: It dove-tailed perfectly with the…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Michael Spence

November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22]. Our…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Democrats, health care, immigration

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congress: Republicans need to stop throwing mud and get to work

I think the latest round of Republican theatrics in Congress (suing the president) demonstrates a real lack of vision for the people of this country [“House GOP sues Obama administration on health law,” Nation & World, Nov. 21]. Throwing mud and sand at the president and all his ideas is not really a viable…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care

November 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Midterm elections: Parties should govern, not obstruct

Reading E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column in The Times reinforced how casually we as voters take the partisan behavior of our two political parties [“Don’t govern on fantasies,” Opinion, Nov. 9]. Dionne quotes a National Review articles as follows: “If voters come to believe that a Republican Congress and a Democratic president are doing…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Congress, David Miller, Democrats

November 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

U.S. political system: Fix it by switching to a parliamentary system

Kate Riley in her column “How to fix the American political system from within” [Opinion, Nov. 8] proposed that the top-two primary would get the U.S. around the recent political gridlock. I disagree. Our political problems are much deeper and may require more radical change.  The real problem is having a bipartisan political system….


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: bipartisan, democracy, Democrats

November 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Republicans need to ensure they represent more than core party members

The Republicans had a very good election day [“America’s broken political system,” Opinion, Nov. 7]. So be it. That said, however, I would caution the victors with this: Look at your margin of victory in the many races. Was it 15 to 20 percent, or was it more like 4 to 6 percent or less? Also, look…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: constitution, Democrats, Dennis R. Bertaud

November 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Midterm election: Our own system of politics is rundown

I found Nicholas Kristof’s column “America’s broken political system” [Opinion, Nov. 7] to be spot on. How disheartened do Americans have to become before we can transform this out-of-control wrecking ball? Despite approval ratings that are in the cellar, we continue to sustain this highly paid group of bullies and mud wrestlers. We have…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Dave Humphrey, Democrats, midterm elections

November 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Midterm election: Republicans invent their own rules

What Republican majority? [“Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. Please recall that four years ago, obstructionist Republicans invented the permanent 60-seat majority in the Senate. Even the most optimistic result of Tuesday’s election puts them way below that magic number. Did Republicans really think that they could dish out…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, Hans Aschenbach

November 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Midterm elections: All Republicans have done is sabotage Obama

I am struck by the number of items on guest columnist George Nethercutt’s list of goals that could have already been achieved except for the intransigence of Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the Senate [“What Republicans need to accomplish now that they control Congress,” Opinion, Nov. 5]. The…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, Democrats, midterm elections

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