Re"Summit at White House fails to alter hard lines" (Page A1, Oct. 3): Keeping our country's government and necessary services and institutions operating is Congress's basic job. To purposefully shut the government down because the Republicans didn't get their way on health policy is juvenile and unthinkable.
Don't they care about all the pain they are causing the hundreds of thousands of Americans they are locking out of vital jobs, or the disastrous effect on our economy? Anyone who violates the basic duty to keep the government running should be removed from office.
Republicans have a right to disagree with the Affordable Care Act, and should work on legislation to make it better, not shut down the government.
I left the Republican Party when they shut down the government 17 years ago. I hope more voters do the same this time.
-- Richard A. Houk, Carmichael