Re "Do-nothing House sets up to sink to new low in 2014" (Editorials, Jan. 7): The Bee Editorial Board's position is flawed. It presumes that the House of Representatives passing just 65 laws in 2013 is a poor performance. As government tends to overregulate, we should applaud the House for its restraint. It has defeated bills that would have added unnecessary regulation, raised spending and increased the national debt. Additionally, salaries of lawmakers in Washington cannot be calculated simply by counting the number of days they spend in the House or Senate chambers. Good lawmakers spend time in their districts listening to those who elected them to represent them in congress. If President Barack Obama would work with the Republicans and compromise to tackle the most serious issues facing the country, such as spending and debt, more would get done.
-- Robert N. Anderson, El Dorado Hills