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Travesty in Washington cheats American people

To the editor:

What sensible citizen would not be frustrated — make that fed-up — with our legislators and executives over the fiscal cliff? As fixed-income retirees, like so many others in this area, we in my household have little in common with our legislators and they return the favor by essentially ignoring our plight.

What difference does it make to them if we are squeezed between meager investments and diminished savings? Their health care benefits are golden and salaries guaranteed.

This travesty has to stop; it is one thing to say elect new representatives, but they all seem to be inexorably wed to ideology, so trading one for another is not the answer. What has happened to the concept of governing?

The “American people” are held up by both sides as the rationale for intransigence. Please give me a break, legislators and Mr. President, and get something done.

Herbert T. Abelson


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