I can't understand why anyone is in favor of extending tax cuts for the rich when we have a major deficit problem. [Editor's Note, November 26] The only people who have enough money to make a dent in fixing this problem are the rich. The rest of us are unemployed or haven't seen a raise in years. It's nice to cut taxes for the well-to-do when things are going fine, but this is a luxury the country can no longer afford.
ROBERT SHERMAN Hazlet, N.J.
What should [the lame-duck] Congress do? Not much. The only issue they need to address is the Bush tax cuts. They need to extend them for everyone. They should not extend unemployment benefits until they can find a way to pay for them. That should be done by cutting spending, which hopefully will happen early in 2011. There is nothing [else] that can't wait until the new Congress in January.
KENNETH GAMES Moundsville, W.Va.
Lincoln the Indispensable
Without Abraham Lincoln, the united America of today likely would not exist ["When Ballots Gave Way to Bullets," November 26]. He was more indispensable to our nation's survival than any of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, who led during a period filled with brilliant leaders. By contrast, Lincoln led during a period tragically short of visionaries.
JOE SUTHERLAND Raleigh, N.C.
The WikiLeaks Problem
WikiLeaks webmaster Julian Assange is a master criminal ["WikiLeaks Earthquake," December 3]. At the very least, he is guilty of receiving stolen property. By disseminating classified personal correspondence and memos, he has undermined the credibility and reliability of the United States as an ally and devalued our role as a friend in a very dangerous world. The administration, by its goofy inaction, appears to the whole world like a bunch of impotent, incompetent whiners. No wonder all the terrorists, dictators, terrorist supporters, and tyrants are having a party.
DOUGLAS MILLER Franklin, Mich.
Evolution of U.S. News
I fly for business a lot and enjoy reading on the plane [Editor's Note, November 19]. And I'm with a bunch of complainers who say that after spending eight hours a day in front of the computer, I don't like my leisure reading done on the screen. To circumvent this problem, I print U.S. News and have the paper version to enjoy. I suggest you offer a portrait format—holding and reading the landscape format is awkward.
RON MARTS Bridgewater, N.J.
I have to admit that I was [very] upset when the print format changed to a monthly, subject-targeted format and the online version became the prime format. Then came the great enlightenment. I bought an iPad, and it was a return to the womb. A convenient, in-my-hands edition that I found as enjoyable as the old print edition. This is not a commercial for the iPad. It's just a recognition that times change and there is progress for those who embrace it. This is from a 72-year-old gray head.
BILL THOMPSON Orlando