Re "Boehner urges GOP solidarity" (Page A1, Oct. 5): That Americans are being punished for the failure of Congress is an outrage, but how humiliating for this county that we are so disrespectful to our foreign visitors. I have been to numerous foreign capitals and never been denied access to their historical monuments.
The members of Congress continue with their self-absorption, elitist mentality, perks and privileges, while playing this dangerous game of "chicken" at taxpayer expense. Unknown is how damaging this will be to our miniscule economic recovery.
Perhaps this is the best reason for a national referendum to enact term limits for both houses of Congress. Many of these members have become too comfortable and complacent, forgetting they were elected to represent their constituents, not their political party.
-- Sharon Gill, Sacramento