Your article, "New budget to renew battles" (Feb. 12) points out the stark and perhaps unprecedented separation between our two major political parties. Democrats continue to display timidity and confusion and are often too ready to compromise, but they have generally proposed balanced approaches to solving the nation's ills. Republicans on the other hand have taken several extreme and dangerous positions. All current candidates have pledged to reverse Roe v. Wade and to forcibly evict some 12 million undocumented workers and their families. They have termed global warming a hoax and fight to preserve tax breaks for millionaires while advocating the dismantlement of Medicare and Social Security. In my many years observing the political scene, I don't recall a more troubling situation.