If I could, I would send about three or four good, American-made fiddles to Washington, D.C., and have congressional aides distribute them to our president and the leaders of both houses.
Then, those folks who have the power could play the fiddles during the debate over the debt ceiling, and we could have a re-enactment of Nero, who fiddled while his empire burned, or so the story goes.
I hope the music will be so horrible that the voters will "throw the rascals out" and we can replace them with some more dedicated civil servants while we still can. Otherwise we may repeat, through our arrogance, Rome's demise. I don't want to live in any other country. I would just like to see our elected officials follow their oaths of office or return to their communities where they will do less serious damage.
JERRY KEEL, Kennewick