Metro shouldn't charge me for waiting

I recently entered a Metro fare gate and waited for more than 25 minutes. The trains were backed up, so I missed my destination appointment. I put off my trip until the next day and exited the station.

Metro charged me $1.05 on my farecard.

Passengers should not be charged for Metro's nonperformance. I would understand if my doctor delayed my appointment for an emergency, but I would not expect to be charged for an appointment the doctor missed.

Nor should I have to pay when I enter and exit the same station without using the Metro system.

-- Bob Park


House Republicans should stop stonewalling

Re: "House Republicans testing support for tax increase for wealthy, Nov. 29

House Speaker John Boehner should understand that half of America does not belong to the wealthy, while the other half belongs to the middle class and the poor. We are all united for the common good to make this great nation work for all. Paying our fair share of taxes should not divide us.

Boehner insulted the intelligence of all Americans when he said that half of the people in America making more than $250,000 annually are small-business owners, and therefore they should not pay any more taxes. This claim does not hold water. Many small-business owners, Republicans and Democrats alike, voted to re-elect President Obama.

It is time for the speaker to stand up to the right-wing elements in the House of Representatives. The voters who reelected President Obama to a second term are very much aware of the stonewalling they did in President Obama's first term. They wanted the president to fail to prevent him from winning a second term.

Obama won, and it's time for the House to restore some trust by working for the people to avert the "fiscal cliff." It is in their hands to undo the damage they have done.

-- Alfred Waddell

West Dennis, Mass.

'Happy Holidays' sends a more inclusive message

Re: "'Merry Christmas' beats 'Happy Holidays'." Washington Secrets, Nov. 28

I wonder how many of the people who prefer "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays" are Christians who actively celebrate Christmas. I would hypothesize that there is a correlation between the two, and that those who prefer the latter are those who do not celebrate Christmas, combined with those who do but prefer a more inclusive greeting.

Regardless of one's belief system, this is a special time of year with warmth, joy and general bonhomie. Why send out a message that you deserve such things only if you celebrate Christmas?

Because it isn't just about Christmas. What better message of the season than to set the example for inclusion:No matter what holiday you celebrate, we welcome you and wish you the joys of the season -- whatever those may be and however you choose to celebrate them.

-- Valerie Silensky

Mount Rainier