All we hear about these days is hard-lined partisan bickering, centered around party and individual self-interest. Now we face the possibility of a mutually agreed upon “stalemate”, technically a “shut down”! In the meantime, COVID-19 cases and deaths are still soaring, businesses are hurting, and people are starving and threatened with more evictions.

My response is easier to state than explain in short space:

Shut Down? Shut up!

Step up or Step Down!

Run the country, not for election!

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“We the People” didn’t default,

But we’ll be looking for

Those at fault!

See you next election!

Dr. James W. Thomasson, executive director, The Woodside Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Crookston.