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Washington, Broken

Peter Beinart, in "Why Washington's Tied Up in Knots," presents the usual call from the media for even-handed solutions [March 1]. His ideas for getting both parties to cooperate are tepid. For government to work, it takes good faith and honorable conduct from everyone in society. Beinart seems to have noticed that the Republicans have stepped out of bounds, but he just can't bring himself to call the foul.

Peter Rosenthal, CHARLESTON, S.C.

Your article properly identified Republicans as civic saboteurs. But it did not adequately characterize the wan centrism of Democrats. With our nation in desperate, urgent need...

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