There has been a lot of talk that should the government shut down, all "nonessential" government workers would be furloughed ["Counting down to crucial votes," News, Sept. 24].
Would I be correct in assuming that "nonessential" government workers include Congress and the president's administration?
James J. McCormick, East Northport
Once again conservative Republicans are trying to stop a bill to provide health insurance. In 1965, conservatives said that Medicare was socialized medicine and would be the ruination of America. However, many other Republicans helped pass the Medicare Act.
In 1965, Republicans were not seemingly bound by an oath to hate anything a Democrat said or did. The Republican Party of today needs to go back to its roots. It needs to rid itself of making every effort to ensure that a Democrat gets no credit for anything.
In 1965, politicians wanted to be re-elected, but not a disservice to the people. Republicans need to be the party that disagrees often with Democrats but is always willing to compromise. Compromise is what built this country, wrote a Constitution and moved this great nation forward.
What are we afraid of with the Affordable Care Act, that it will become popular like Medicare? Is this what these Republicans fear? Give it a chance and, if it needs fixing, you in Congress should get to work and compromise.
Jim Dunphy, Holbrook