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August 4, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

People, not ideals, got a deal done

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Something actually got done in Washington. It might have been at a late hour, and the polarized left and right contingents may not be all that happy, but something did get done.

The immediate “fiscal cliff” was avoided, and the credit belongs to a good old-fashioned personal relationship between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

They were able to leverage a personal friendship into a major last-second deal that helped settle down the American heartland and avoid a fiscal cliff that was seriously getting on most people’s nerves.

What Biden and McConnell did was to exemplify what has been missing in this government for the past four years — cooperation based on mutual friendship and trust.

This was a powerful testimony to the importance of personal relations in the political arena in the nation’s Capitol.

One can draw on this example for some hope that all things are possible when well-meaning folks in these situations join together.

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