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Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories about “unenrolled” independent voters, allergies, and the Celtics’ egos.


I am an “unenrolled” independent, like those Scott Helman writes about in “Independents’ Day” (September 30), who is concerned about the congressional stalemate over our national debt, federal spending, and taxes. Some members of both political parties have taken strong stances that seem to prevent any meaningful compromise solutions on these issues. As a conservative-leaning voter, I was not always in agreement with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, but I respected his ability to find common ground with otherwise difficult partisan differences and facilitate win-win solutions. So, hypothetically, what would “Ted” do to resolve the congressional stalemate? I think he would wait for the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of this year and for the mandated congressional spending cuts to take effect. No one would be happy, since everyone’s taxes would increase and many popular programs would lose their funding. This will result in a crucible of opportunity for meaningful compromises. While both senatorial candidates offer similar proposals to “fight” for middle-class issues, I am supporting Scott Brown because I believe he will be a better facilitator for meaningful compromises.

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