Re "Republican Party extremists holding America hostage to childish demands" (Viewpoints, Oct. 9): This shutdown is untenable, but Republicans' lowest moment was their despicable failure to act on gun control as our nation begged for action after the Newtown school shooting.
Many times during our president's potentially transformative tenure, these radical puppets blocked legislation that would allow the young, the working class, the disenfranchised and needy to make marginal improvements to their quality of life. Theirs in not a vision of Great Society. There is no vision, only petty obstruction for obstruction's sake.
The Taliban will soon have access to nuclear weapons in Pakistan. African countries are under siege by terrorist cells. Our earth is on the brink due to climate change. Instead of providing global leadership on these issues, our president is sabotoged by a clique of primarily white male wealthy entitled belligerents acting against the common good.
-- Leslie Warren, Auburn