Letter: We all need to sacrifice a little

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I'm sure our representatives are hearing from lots of constituents about avoiding the March 1 sequester deadline. Like many others, I am tired of hearing people blaming each other.

I am also tired of many people insisting that we must accomplish reducing the deficit and the national debt with no tax increases, no changes in Social Security or Medicare, no reductions in defense spending, etc.

I have been a Realtor for more than 20 years. I think it's ridiculous that our national association, along with all the state and local subgroups, keeps insisting that there be no changes to the mortgage interest deduction, even though it arguably will affect my business and the housing industry as a whole if it is modified.

I get Social Security yet I am fine with changing the way cost-of-living increases are calculated.

It's time for Congress and the administration to speak to the American people like grown-ups. We all will need to give a little. Start telling us this and act accordingly. Congress' approval ratings will go up, and we will all end up being better off in the long run.

Janine L. Pierson

Vancouver