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Pelosi did not negotiate in good faith on border wall

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says no State of the Union address in Congress until government reopens.

The article by your columnist Dan Rodricks (“Making it through Trump's shameful and stupid shutdown,” Jan. 26) was biased beyond belief.

Four times he refers to the “Trump shutdown.” Stating his opinion four times does not prove his case.

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He refers to 800,000 federal workers missing paychecks while wealthy administration members remain unaffected. He fails to note that 435 House members and 100 senators also remain unscathed. He makes light of the fact that Gov. Larry Hogan sees culpability on the parts of the Senate, the House and the president. The governor is spot on. The shutdown is attributable to all parties.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as other prominent Democrats, have supported and voted for border barrier funding not many years ago. Now, the wall has become “immoral” because Ms. Pelosi does not dare to negotiate in good faith with the president. She thinks this capitulation will be a political win for him and a loss for her party. Never mind the need of the country to deal with the real and growing crisis at the border.

Enough political gamesmanship! Legislators, do your job.

John C. Foertsch, Perry Hall

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