Letter: Causes of the Shutdown

To the Editor:

Family and friends helped me clarify some of the possible causes underlying the stalemate that has shut down the federal government, among them:

∎ Difficulty of the nation acknowledging the right of the people to health care, as we do to the right to national defense and public education.

∎ A widening gap between our aspirations and our capacity (and willingness) to pay for them.

∎ Self-perpetuating institutions putting their own interests ahead of those of individuals with inadequate resources and without voice.

∎ Fears that foster extremism and prevent accommodation.

∎ Antagonism toward a president that a segment of our society does not support.

Steven C. Swett