I believe that Washington can come together in order to resolve ideological differences if they would just remember that we are all in this mess together, and remember these lyrics by Neil Young: "Instead of cursing the darkness — light a candle for where we're going."
Terry P. Anderson
We're footing the bill for wars
Regarding "Protestors demonstrate outside Rohrabacher's office," July 28:
OK, cut some spending, $1 of defense for every $1 of cuts in any other programs. Also, close tax loopholes for a $1 increase in revenue for every $1 cut in spending. And, No. 1, pass a war tax to pay for the two wars (never mind whether you agree with the wars or not, they need to be paid for) started under the Bush administration!
Cross out this puzzle word
I'm just finishing the crossword puzzle from the July 14 edition.
One of the answers is a word I'm not used to seeing or hearing because it is vulgar and offensive, even though the same word is used for a particular fowl that is somewhere between a duck and a swan. I've never seen ugly, vulgar words in crossword puzzles and I hope I never see one again. It's possible that your puzzle editor is too young to know the original meaning of the word and how crude and disgusting it is. We should not have to put up with this language — it's insulting to readers and unworthy for public media.
Editor's note: The July 14 crossword puzzle contains the clue "Prodded into action," for which the answer is "goosed." Dictionary.com and other dictionaries support this definition.