A fresh start for America

December 27, 2010

You wrote in your editorial "Fresh start in Iraq" (Dec. 27):

"Nine months after Iraqis went to the polls in national parliamentary elections last spring, the country's squabbling political factions finally reached a deal this week to allow a new government to take office..." I suggest penning a similar editorial titled "Fresh start in America," which could easily be published with very few changes. It would read:

"[Two] months after [Americans] went to the polls in national elections last [fall], the country's squabbling political factions finally reached a deal this week to allow [the] government to [actually do something]. That's good news for [Americans] who had begun to question the ability of their leaders to bring stability to the country and avert a return to the bloody sectarian [squabbling] of [the last decade]. But now the pressure is on [President Obama] to show that his [weakened liberal]-dominated ruling coalition is up to the challenge of dealing with the country's problems in a way that is acceptable to all of [America's] major political and sectarian groups."

Nick Mueller, Baltimore

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