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Letters to the Editor: Democrats need to support ending the filibuster


Democrats won the majority, and they should act like it. They promised Americans bold relief, and they shouldn’t let Republicans use procedural hurdles like the filibuster to block their agenda. The best chance of keeping Republicans from permanently controlling the levers of power is by passing big, bold democracy reforms — and the only way we do that is by eliminating the filibuster. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is too eager to use it.

In his first few months as Senate minority leader, McConnell has given us a preview of how Republicans will behave for the next four years. They will use every tool at their disposal, like the filibuster, to cling to power and stop progress.

They used it to block civil rights legislation in the 1960s. They used it to block background checks for gun sales in 2013. And they’ll use it to block everything Democrats want to do in 2021. I am asking that California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla support ending the filibuster.

Lori Saltveit, Corte Madera

Wonderful love poems

Regarding Kirsten Menger-Anderson’s Valentine’s Day lament in “My search for love poems turns up bias” (Insight, Feb. 14): It is true that men have written the bulk of famous love poems. But definitely not all. Menger-Anderson should check out two of the most beautiful love poems ever written: one by Anne Bradstreet (“To My Dear and Loving Husband”) and one by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (“How Do I Love Thee? Sonnet 43”).



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