Shortfalls are beginning to hit local government services across the country.
Readers write about the pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.
But they fall short of the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome filibusters and end gridlock.
A sharp drop in demand is driving the industry to pursue a bailout.
The Alaska Republican faces an uphill battle to win a seventh full term.
Republicans hope to head off a filibuster-proof Senate controlled by Democrats.
More consumers are trimming spending and debt because their net worth has fallen fast.