Stop dithering and reach a compromise already

Re: "GOP's plan includes spending cuts, no tax increases," Dec. 4

I have waited with increasing frustration for Congress and the White House to begin putting our nation's fiscal affairs in order. Everyone agrees that our ever-growing national debt -- the simple result of spending more than we take in -- cannot be sustained. But few policymakers seem willing to look for common ground.

This unwillingness to compromise must stop now, before this Congress adjourns. Not in January, not sometime next year, and certainly not sometime in the future.

To reach a compromise, Congress must take specific actions, including raising revenues and cutting spending, that not everybody will like. But by repeatedly postponing such hard decisions, Washington has only made things worse. We're in such a deep hole now that there can't be meaningful deficit reduction without affecting quite a few sacred cows. Everythingneeds to be on the table now. It's that serious.

It's not just the looming threat of sequestration or expiring tax cuts that are of concern. What is truly distressing is the enormous pent-up economic uncertainty fueled by the disbelief and disappointment that policymakers will not put aside their partisanship long enough to work together and make the hard choices necessary to reach a meaningful deficit-reduction deal.

Make no mistake, this national uncertainty has turned to growing apprehension that the government is perilously close to endangering America's credit rating, triggering another recession of unknown magnitude, and possibly causing another economic crisis such as we saw in 2008.

Members who are worried that certain changes on either the spending or revenue side may alienate a key constituency or interest group, making them vulnerable to a future primary challenge, should not fear doing the right thing in a crisis. Americans recognize that thebestgoverningis always thebest politics.

-- John B. Wood

CEO, Telos Corp.


Columnist turns apology into attack

Re: "No need to 'apologize' for your faith," Dec. 3

Gregory Kane's article about Angus T. Jones' apology is ridiculous. He takes an apology and turns it around into an attack on religion. Kane should apologize for the "spin."

What Kane failed to realize is that Angus' apology was to save his $300,000-per-episode job.

If Jones is a devout Christian and thinks the show is filth, he should quit. I'm sure Charlie Sheen could tell him how it's done.

-- Thomas Quarles


GOP should stay out of wars, including culture war

I did not vote for Romney out of fear that the neocons are already planning a war with Iran.

Republicans need to get back to basics and stick to fixing the economy and downsizing government. Their attempts to take on religious issues like abortion will only ensure continued losses, as 80 percent of the people in this country realize that there are times when abortion is necessary and appropriate as the least bad choice.

Even if they snookered the Supreme Court into reversing Roe v. Wade, abortions would still be happening, just not in safe hospital settings.

-- William Adams