Like my fellow Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nation’s financial future. This country will face a fiscal catastrophe if officials in Washington can’t address the nation’s crushing debt.

Fortunately, some in Congress understand the urgency. For months, a bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Six” has been working together to produce a comprehensive plan to address the ballooning deficit.

Their approach has earned the backing of No Labels, a new political group encouraging bipartisan problem-solving. The Gang of Six could issue their proposal as soon as this week, but already some on the left and right have begun their attacks.

As Congress weighs its next move in the weeks ahead, leaders need to demonstrate real courage and exercise political restraint.

I hope the representatives give the Gang of Six a fair hearing. If not, there is a risk of more hyper-partisan gridlock, which this nation cannot afford.

Roger Leonard, South Paris

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