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Safety Valve: Letters from readers

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Negotiation?

Readers have no doubt have heard all the blaming back and forth about the government shutdown and the approaching debt limit crisis. One line of argument that caught my ear was the complaint from House Republicans that President Obama refuses to negotiate with them. In fact, the latest talking point is that he will negotiate with Iran or Russia about Syria, but not with the House of Representatives.

Negotiation involves give and take. Both sides give up something they…

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