I am amazed that some people are so myopic that they can't bring themselves to listen to the financial experts on matters such as the prospect of a U.S. default on its debts ("A deal, three weeks too late," Oct. 17).

It is no secret that a default would have been catastrophic for our economy. The shutdown itself caused untold damage to millions of citizens, and I hate to think what additional damage a default would have brought.

Some readers must be getting their "knowledge" from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. If the president said that "1 plus 1 equals 2," they would all say he was incorrect.

Arthur Shefrin, Pikesville