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It wasn’t 40, it was 536

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I will keep this brief and civil. I have thought, in general, your editorials have been reasonable and objective. I feel you missed the mark in both respects with the Oct. 4 editorial (“The tyranny of minority rule”). You are blaming 40 people for shutting down the government. It isn’t 40, it is 536. It didn’t start with this administration, it started with the previous one. I remember one instance when the president asked for $110 billion and he got back a bill for $135 billion. It looked like a Christmas tree. What was he going to do, veto it?

This administration started with a super majority. It passed the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the night without one Republican vote. They couldn’t pass a budget. They haven’t passed a budget during this administration. You are blaming 40 people for shutting down the government. I won’t go into the arguments advanced by both sides. I want to keep this brief and printable

Charles Avery

Sonoma


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