Re "Boehner needs to step back from the brink, now" (Editorials, Oct. 8): I hope people have noticed this: The Republicans insist that the Democrats must negotiate if they want the government shutdown to end, and the threat of default by the country ended. Since negotiations always involve compromising so each side gets something they want, it must follow that the two sides don't want the same things.
So clearly the Republicans want the shutdown and the threat of default to continue. Those two desires by the Republicans are the equivalent of a desire to destroy the national economy and plunge us into a depression. Why would anyone vote for a party with that goal?
-- Vaughn Hopkins, Sacramento