Re "Eric Cantor and the tea party purge" (Viewpoints, June 12): First you gave us "The state needs to reinvest rising revenue in its people, not save for a rainy day," in which the two writers want to spend more on teachers pay. Why should we pay for teachers who cannot teach? Do they think more pay will bring better teachers?
Then we have E.J. Dionne's advice to the Republican Party. He says the Republicans should "take on the tea party" and become one big happy family. Last time I checked, many Democrats in the Senate were disowning the president's policies so they could get re-elected. Dionne should look at how Abraham Lincoln constituted his cabinet. The tea party is in touch with the electorate and, as demonstrated in the Cantor loss, when one loses touch with its constituents, failure is inevitable.
-- John Bloomer, Carmichael