Why is the House of Representatives' vote to require a balanced budget such an empty gesture? ("Cut, cap and empty gesture," July 20.) This is what millions of American families do when hard times knock on their door. They cut their spending, they cap their future budgets, and they attempt to work within their means. This is what The Sun says is an empty gesture? The Sun's grasp on reality is, at best, questionable.

John M. Kerney, Towson