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May 4, 2011

Letter: Bipartisan solution needed to debt crisis

To the editor:

The bickering and partisanship in Washington is becoming disastrous. Like my fellow Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nation's financial future. Our country will face a fiscal catastrophe if Washington can't address our crushing debt.

Fortunately, some in Congress understand the urgency.

For months, a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" have been working together to produce a comprehensive plan to address the ballooning deficit. Their approach has earned the backing of No Labels, a new political group encouraging bipartisan problem-solving. The Gang of Six could issue their proposal as soon as next week, but already some on the left and right have begun their attacks.

As Congress weighs its next move in the weeks ahead, we need our leaders to demonstrate real courage and exercise political restraint.

Let's hope our representatives give the Gang of Six a fair hearing. If not, we risk more hyper-partisan gridlock, which we can't afford.

Republicans and Democrats alike need to join together and speak out as Americans — Americans who demand more from our politicians!

Neal Grasso

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