It's always interesting to read letters from readers who seem genuinely puzzled that anyone could disagree with them. They shouldn't be. Honest differences of opinion — and respect for those differences — is the essence of democracy.

Incidentally, while I am no particular fan of the president, his approval ratings are 30 percent to 35 percent, not 20 percent. The letter writer (Readers' Forum, Feb. 26) must have confused that rating with the 12-18 percent approval rating of the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Ron Holdaway