Letter: Partisanship weakens nation

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I applaud House Speaker John Boehner's comments regarding ending partisan politics in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. Will he actually follow through?

Our nation received a message from many voters on Election Day about the consequences of leaders in the House and Senate fracturing our nation through partisan politics. The nation is at a critical point (from within the country and without) and we cannot risk continuing partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders in the House and Senate must reach across the aisle to work together and we citizens must embrace that effort.

Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels must now put people before politics and make reasonable, rational compromises in the best interests of the United States and the world.

I challenge Boehner to live up to his call for bipartisan politics and use his leadership position and skills to bring bipartisanship to the House of Representatives and Senate. I challenge all voters to hold our Congress members and president accountable for creating a bipartisan environment to make reasonable and rational decisions to solve the numerous challenges we face as a nation. Through letting our voices be heard in a concerted call for bipartisanship we can change this current partisan tide of this nation.

Liz Rapp

Vancouver