Sixth-grade lesson for Congress: compromise


When I was in sixth grade at Van E. Blanton Elementary, we had student elections.

I ran for treasurer: “Don’t stall around; vote for Stahl!”

Luis in my class ran for president: “Get on the beam; put Luis on your team.”

Each student was “taxed” a nickel a week. There was bickering on disbursing the funds.

Some wanted a cooling fan; others wanted poster-boards and felt pens to advertise the upcoming school play.

Finally, the teacher said, “Compromise! Don’t you realize that team players have to be flexible?”

We ultimately decided on a small fan and less expensive art supplies.

It’s too bad Congress can’t learn what we learned in sixth grade: teamwork, flexibility and compromise.

If we all remember this, there would be no more government shutdowns.

Karin Stahl, North Miami

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