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Try reading JFK's book, Mr. Boehner

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Try reading JFK's book, Mr. Boehner

In watching the current events in Washington that led to the government's shut down, I mused on John Kennedy's book, "Profiles in Courage." He tells of eight senators who stood their ground against their parties to do what they thought was best for their country.


Speaker of the House John Boehner could take a lesson from those men. It is clear to me that he puts his personal and political ego ahead of the country's best interests. He will do nothing to challenge the Tea Party bloc that might jeopardize his position as the Speaker. Despite the fact that almost 75 percent of Americans oppose attempts to torpedo the Affordable Care Act to keeping the government running or getting the debt ceiling raised, Mr. Boehner remains intransigent.

I suggest that he read President Kennedy's book and see how true servants of the people put the best interests of this country ahead of their personal political ambitions.

J.E. Sheldon

Pingree Grove

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