I can handle the U.S. Senate refusing to meet with the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland ("The man in the middle," March 16).

I can't, however, support what the senators are doing unless those same senators who refuse to meet Judge Garland or vote on his nomination are also refusing to accept their salaries in return for not doing their job. If they don't do their jobs, we shouldn't be paying them.

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If restaurant workers don't show up, they don't get paid. Why would we tolerate a double standard for our senators?

We should expect all our representatives in Congress to adopt the same standard. That would go some distance toward cutting waste and balancing our budget.

Dick Cook, Baltimore

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