Balancing the budget

Regarding the front-page article "Grass-Roots Moves to Cut Federal Deficit Sprout, but Impact Still Limited," Sept. 21: It is well and good for groups like "Lead ... or Leave" and the Concord Coalition to rail against those in Congress who seem so obstinate in refusing to balance the budget. The truth, though, is that our representatives are representing us for better or worse. We blast Congress for not cutting back, but we don't want to cut programs that touch us directly.

This blatant hypocrisy on the part of voters was summarized in the last paragraph of the article: These grass-roots groups "support each other" but "differ on how to reach the goal." We don't have a balanced budget because we won't sacrifice what we hold near and dear. Nun Bush, Bethel, Conn

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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