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