Re "Misplaced blame for shutdown" and "Obama refused to negotiate" (Letters, Oct. 2): One has to wonder about the logic of those who suggest that the government shutdown is the fault of the Democrats or Obama for "refusing to compromise" about the Affordable Care Act.
If someone had tried to burn your house down over 40 times, would you "compromise" with them, and help them do it?
No, you wouldn't.
Republicans must admit they followed (for better or worse) the plan by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party, and caused this government shutdown.
The Republicans now own it.
-- Don Gerring, Lincoln