Re "Boehner pledges to avoid default, say colleagues" (Page A1, Oct. 4): To my fellow Democratic and Republican friends: remember that Congress is really a reflection of all of us since we elected them as our representatives.
While I am disgusted with their inability to compromise, I have been disappointed with the partisan rancor on Facebook and other social media. We precipitate and encourage this partisan rancor when we decide to demonize the other side.
It's time for all of us to take a hard look at ourselves and exercise civility and mutual respect for dignity. If we don't, we are just as culpable as members of Congress who refuse to see reason. JFK said it well: "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
-- Cirian Villavicencio, Sacramento