Letter: Pledge works against progress

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Most Republican senators and representatives have signed Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes. Keeping this pledge has single-handedly put a stop to any attempts by Congress to address the challenges faced by the U.S. today. When did it become OK to subvert the intent of our Founding Fathers to create a working forum to deal with the nation's business? This inflexible pledge has caused the success of every issue to be judged by how much blood can be drawn from the other side — unfortunately, it's not their blood but ours, and our children's, that is being spilled.

In all future elections, I call upon voters to reject those standing for Congress who have signed this short-sighted pledge.

Jerry Rolling

Vancouver