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Letter to the editor:

Congress and the president simply have to sit down in good will to reach a compromise on the budget, one that will meet the nation's responsibility to help the poor and middle class while also making judicious cuts in fixed entitlements.

I believe that the president is willing, but the extreme right and some on the left continue to balk at compromise. Reasonable liberals, conservatives and moderates need to step up and be strong, and the American people need to insist on dialogue in Washington to break the budgetary stalemate.

President Obama is right to propose cuts in some egregious tax breaks that have been doled out to the wealthy. This will help fund programs for those struggling to make ends meet.

Patrick Frank; Arden, N.C.

Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:

I feel sorry for future generations. Not only will they be paying their own expenses, but they also will be paying the mountain of debt we are piling on them. All of us should be ashamed.

— Bob Smith

Why does everybody talk about cutting entitlements? Social Security can be fixed easily with a few adjustments, such as raising the maximum benefit age and eliminating the earnings cap.

Marvin Myszka

The Obama budget proposal continues easing the U.S. toward the "fiscal cliff." Spending more and taxing more is irresponsible.

Ed Taylor

Even Democrats will not pass the president's budget. The Senate will ignore it so candidates can use it as a hammer in their races. This budget kills our military. The budget overspends, overtaxes and overregulates.

Kenneth Glenn Koons

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