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My View: One lesson we can learn from the shutdown — it's time to listen

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  • Al Miller Houston, TX
    Oct. 8, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    The Republicans have been listening and compromising for many years now. They have left family rearing, working, praying and tax paying Americans behind with their go along, get along compromises. They have even joined in the looting and plundering. At some point a line must be drawn. I don't care from this lecture from a political insider trying to oil the skids for his RINO masters

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 4:26 a.m.

    Listen to the tea party dictates unreasonable and crazy demands on threat of ruining the economy?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 6, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    Amen! A noble and worthy cause to spread.

    I feel bad for younger generations which haven't seen a time when our country's leaders were able to join together and work things out for the good of society.

    I think there are broad areas we could come together on. Often we have the same goals--just different ways to accomplish those goals.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Excellent letter. I'm so glad for this sane and reasonable perspective from a Republican. As a liberal Democrat, I'd be delighted to engage in this kind of productive dialogue.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    What if we had compromised with Hitler, Stalin and the "Evil Empire"? It was tried by the kindly Neville Chamberlain and by our American appeasers of Communism. Wasn't it when we made a stand against evil, though, that it finally fell?

    Is abortion wrong or do we just agree to compromise? Let's say we create a "right" for women to kill half of their babies. Is that what you want?

    What could we conscientiously agree on? Could both parties uphold the Supreme Law of the Land? Am I only dreaming?

    I think that both our old "system" of health-care insurance and the new system are flawed and unaffordable for too many honest people.

    To begin an intelligent discussion, let's DO utilize the checks and balances that are implicit in the system, and also consult with the people, the ultimate check and balance of the nation, about what THEY want. First of all, though, we need to resist the "unconditional surrender" demanded by the Left. That didn't work in WW1; that attitude just postponed an inevitable rematch.