Ladies and gentlemen of Congress, please, it is time to beat your swords into plowshares. We desperately need you to sow the seeds of compromise. If the battles continue, there will be nothing left to war about.
Ed Truncale, Erial, firstname.lastname@example.org
Do right by the country
President Obama has won. The country continues to be in the same situation with a Republican majority in House and Democratic majority in the Senate. This hasn't worked for two years. Forty-nine percent of the voters did not vote for Obama. He does not have a mandate. It's past time for politicians to listen to the people, to take the best of both parties, and to work together without thinking of how they can win the next election. They need to do what's best for our country.
Helene Prehatny, Wynnewood
The abyss of irrelevance
The Republican Party has its head buried so deeply in the sand, the party should make the ostrich its symbol instead of the elephant. The idea that Mitt Romney lost because he wasn't conservative enough is ludicrous. A liberal won. Romney lost because he wasn't liberal enough.
Republicans are like a short high school boy who goes to a dance, sees that all the pretty girls are dancing with tall boys, and concludes that if he were shorter they'd all want to dance with him.
This kind of thinking will keep the Republican Party right where it is now, teetering on the abyss of irrelevance.
Robert Saettler, Westmont, email@example.com
Time for leadership
One can only hope that the senators, representatives, political action committees, and so many others who spent each day thinking of ways to beat President Obama will now accept four more years of his leadership and apply their energies, with the same intensity, to getting things done for the betterment of this country and its populace. Put bitterness and party aside, reach across the aisle, and prove that you are the doers and leaders that we want you to be and elected you to be. There is no better time than now to give it a try.
John W. Jones, Solebury Township
The full McConnell statement
Dick Polman points out that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said "the single most important thing we want to achieve" is to make Obama a one-term president ("Will his strong win carry him past ideological gridlock," Sunday). However, as reported by Bob Woodward in his recent book, The Price of Politics, McConnell went on to say, "If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he's willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it's not inappropriate for us to do business with him." According to Woodward, later in the interview McConnell said, "I don't want the president to fail; I want him to change."
Jack D'Angelo, Fort Washington
Message for GOP in Harrisburg
Here's an election message to the Republican leaders in Harrisburg:
Republican efforts to suppress the votes - failed.
Reelection of President Obama - done.
Election of the first Democratic female attorney general in Pennsylvania - done.
Investigation of Gov. Corbett on the slow pace of the Jerry Sandusky case while Corbett was attorney general - coming soon.
Abraham Verghese, Parkesburg
Corbett plan is working
State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) needs to take off the political blinders and look at Pennsylvania's economic progress under Gov. Corbett ("Storm repairs can create jobs," Tuesday).
Corbett saved three refineries in the southeast, oversaw an expansion at the Port of Philadelphia, and recently took steps to tie the growing energy sector to industries in and around Philadelphia. Just ask the Community College of Philadelphia, where an Energy Training Center is being announced this week. The center will serve as an education and training partner for the energy sector in the Philadelphia region.
Statewide, private sector employment has grown by 80,000, while government employment has been reduced by 19,000. None of this was accomplished by luck or accident. The governor has a plan and it's working.
No state or nation has ever taxed its way to prosperity. It is only by shrinking government and expanding the private-sector economy that Pennsylvania will generate the kinds of revenue to cover the cost of infrastructure and public works.
Corbett understands that spending tax dollars we don't have to create temporary jobs will not create prosperity. It will only delay it. He has said many times that we must change from a culture of tax-and-spend to one of build-and-save.
And, that's precisely what Gov. Corbett is doing.
Julia K. Hearthway, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Harrisburg
Extend tolerance to cartoonists
It was obvious to me that Signe Wilkinson was mocking ID laws in her Nov. 6 cartoon, not Muslim women or Islam (Religious symbols," Saturday). The tolerance the letter writer advocates should be extended to cartoonists. Cartoons are often open to interpretation, and nothing is gained by searching for unkind intentions that aren't there. The writer maintains that we should not imitate European policy about banning burkas in schools. Perhaps, but we certainly shouldn't imitate them by bending to the will of those who would censor cartoonists.
Sheila Paulos, instructor, Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University, Philadelphia
CPAs in General Assembly
The letter "Crushing defeat for state GOP" (Thursday) says John Maher was the only certified public accountant in the General Assembly. In fact, there have been five recently, including Maher, and another was just elected: Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R., Lehigh); Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R., Lancaster); Rep. George Dunbar (R., Westmoreland); Rep. Mike Peifer (R., Monroe); and Rep.-elect Keith Greiner (R., Lancaster).
Given the increasing size and complexity of the commonwealth's budget and related fiscal affairs, it is encouraging to know that CPAs are well represented in Harrisburg.
Jerry J. Maginnis, Sewell, firstname.lastname@example.org