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In his commentary ("Boehner's unwise move," Jan. 28), Frederic B. Hill claims it was unwise for House Speaker John Boehner to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of Congress because it shows deference toward him before an Israeli election.

I just checked with the U.S. Constitution, and Congress, as of this time, is still considered a separate branch of government and can do what it wants to in that regard. Approaching the age of 50, I have never heard mention of protocol, nor any other president saying a protocol was breached.

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I view the branches of government as families, not like husband and wife as Mr. Hill seems to indicate they are — although I have at times thought of the leadership of Congress as abused children and President Barack Obama the wicked stepmother.

I always believed that Congress had the right to invite or subpoena who they wanted to. There is also news about members of Mr. Obama's former campaign staff going over and in the guise of a general support group, to support people who oppose the right wing parties. I would definitely say that they are not showing deference by how they participate in the elections.

I was also just as amazed to read his comments regarding the nuclear talks with Iran, and really it is results that I want to be able to view, not the talk we have been subjected to. The actions and stance the U.S. seems to take in these talks indicate to me the nuclear talks with Iran will conclude when Iran has become a nuclear power.

Michael W. Kohlman, Baltimore

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