Re "Fear of U.S. default spreads" (Page A1, Oct. 8): I cannot imagine any middle-class or lower middle-class citizens living on hard-earned pensions or drawing from crafted IRA's -- which are linked to the stock market -- would ever vote Republican again. House Speaker John Boehner and his small band of conspiring cohorts have undermined the principles and the well-established checks and balances of our democratic government, and have created confusion, mistrust, and instability here and abroad.
How much more money do we, the little citizens of the middle class, again, have to sacrifice before the Boehner bunglers allow the Affordable Care Act to go forward?! How much of our hard earned retirement funds do we have to sacrifice?
-- Jill Van Aken, Carmichael