Re "Ordeal ends as GOP gives in" (Page A1, Oct. 17): As my wife and I waited to clear security for an overseas trip, we overheard one person say it was time to "throw all the bums out." Wrong!
The majority of congressional members are not interested in damaging America and its standing throughout the world. While they may disagree on policy issues, they typically act responsibly. They should not be punished.
The crisis makers in 2011, and again this year, are easily identified. They are the tea party members. They should be removed from office for their outrageous behavior. We should remind the Supreme Court that they played a role in this by their Citizens United decision.
One of the first questions we received when arriving in Europe was what is wrong with the tea party? I explained that although they carry the Christian bible in one hand and the American flag in the other, they are neither.
-- Joseph Slabbinck, Citrus Heights