October 18, 2013

Regarding House Speaker John A. Boehner’s declaration that he “fought the good fight” [“Boehner unable to translate majority into concessions,” news, Oct. 17], let’s clarify a few things about fighting.

Using low blows, questionable tactics and deceit is not fighting a good fight. To keep fighting even when the reason for the fight is forgotten or set aside is not the good fight. To fight for the sake of fighting is not the good fight. To continue fighting even when everyone asks you to stop because you’re making things worse is not the good fight.

President Obama gets all the credit for the good fight, standing up to the irrational and dangerous bullies trying to hijack our government.

Ab Ream, North Potomac

The Oct. 17 editorial “They have a deal” failed to assign any blame to the Democrats for the most recent shutdown slimdown. Is it too much to ask that The Post stop obsessing about the tea party and look objectively at both parties?

As long as we have a president who refuses to lead (or compromise), and as long as his party continues to recklessly, irresponsibly and blindly commit the nation to debts that it cannot pay, more financial turmoil is bound to occur, leading to additional sequesters or shutdowns. The Democrats seem to be hoping the inevitable and dreaded default occurs on the Republicans’ watch, not theirs.

Now it seems the only hope to bring some horse sense to both sides of the aisle is for the rating agencies to get involved and increase the risk of buying U.S. public debt. Maybe that would awaken our miserable Congress to act on behalf of all Americans, but I doubt it.

Evan Parrott, Ashburn

Regarding the Oct. 18 news article “Amid panda-cam crush, glimpses of a bigger cub”:

With all due respect to panda lovers, there is a picture that, if a camera for it existed, would engender warmer and fuzzier feelings. That is a picture of the smiling faces of those disabled and elderly Americans who were able to receive food from Meals on Wheels for the first time in 2½ weeks.

Margie Turbyfill, Ashland

I propose we shut down Capitol Hill. Don’t tell the congressmen for how long. Don’t provide a paycheck. Don’t let them leave town because offices could reopen at any time with little notice. Take away their offices, cellphones and assistants. Don’t let them visit any public monuments or lands.

That would be every bit as productive as the past several months have been.

Madelon Bloom, Arlington

To the extent that the recent government shutdown reflects perceptions on the value of the federal civilian workforce, the life and remarkable career of Agriculture Department chemist Ruth Benerito [“Chemist led easy-care cotton innovation,” Metro, Oct. 9] is informative. Among other things, her invention of wrinkle-free cotton helped free us all from ironing and from polyester. She developed an intravenous feeding compound that saved the lives of wounded soldiers in the Korean War. The royalties collected by the Agriculture Department for her 55 patents alone probably paid for her salary many times over. I might add that I am a retired federal employee and a lifelong Republican, although I am reconsidering the latter.

John SanFilipo, Reston