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Letters: Nation, not party, comes first

February 14, 2013

Re "Renewed push on economy," Feb. 13

Arguably the most important part of the State of the Union address was when President Obama talked about the need to stop being pushed to the brink before compromising.

From "sequestration" to government shutdowns to the debt ceiling, it is important for our leaders to put the nation ahead of party interests. As Obama said, "The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next."

Steven M. Clayton

Ocean, N.J.

Re "Rubio trumpets GOP themes," Feb. 13

I have seldom heard such drivel from a U.S. senator as I heard from Florida Republican Marco Rubio in response to Obama. He repeated every old Republican saw.

I once read a comment about the French royal family before the revolution: "They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing." Today's Republican Party is in that mold.

Carl Mariz

Irvine

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