Is it un-American to support the sequester [“Impact of cuts on states stressed,” front page, Feb. 25]? I’ve thought long and hard about this, because I actually like the sequester. I may even love it.

Having lived in Washington for the past 15 years, I have seen that no one can agree what to cut. Every program seems to be the favorite of one powerful lawmaker or another. Across-the-board cuts may be just what we need.

If I have to suffer longer lines at the airports, so be it. Let’s move forward with the sequester and then start talking more about how else the budget can be cut.

Mital M. Gandhi, Washington

All the bombast and accusatory rhetoric from our elected representatives makes one wonder what they are thinking. If both sides actually listened to each other, might there be common ground that would achieve a goal that would benefit all citizens — perhaps a goal that would reflect the last line of the Declaration of Independence: “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor”?

Sadie Collins, Woodbridge