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Letters: Why can't the parties get along?

June 27, 2012

Re "Politics of obstruction?," Postscript, June 23

Doyle McManus misses the fundamental problem in today's politics.

Yes, there is a wide gulf between the two parties. However, gone are the lawmakers who understand compromise and do what is right for the whole country rather than just their base. Gone are the days when a politician will trade a vote on one issue for another to move policies forward.

Our Founding Fathers understood that the fledgling country needed them to create it, and they had diametrically opposed views of how to do so. Despite the "wide gulf" between their views, they got something done. Today's politicians do not understand that. I would happily support a politician who compromised to get this country moving forward.

Michelle McCliman

Ladera Ranch

McManus writes that corporations are mainly in the business of maximizing profits and not creating jobs.

During World War II, corporations that were normally in the business of producing automobiles built tanks instead. Women who were normally in the business of running a household were working on assembly lines, and soldiers who were normally in the business of living were dying.

We've been at war for more than 10 years now, and there are people in Iraq and Afghanistan who are again dying. The economy is in a shambles and too many are unemployed, and I don't think it's asking too much of corporate America to stop maximizing its already record profits for a while and help out.

Errol Miller

Chino

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