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Letters: ‘He Has Been Going to Work Every Day, Not Knowing When He Is Going to Get Paid.’

(Source: theatlantic.com)

We Asked Readers:

Have you or others you know been impacted by the shutdown?

Here’s how readers responded.

We have two family members who are government employees—they are a family of four with one on the way. Not only have they been working with no pay but they also need daycare for two children. This is an abuse of power on the part of the president! The man has no empathy and no conscience. He is a disgrace to his office.

Linda Castriota
Stamford, Conn.

I live on Plum Island, Massachusetts. Most of the island is a national wildlife refuge (Parker River National Wildlife Refuge). Rangers were a common site before the shutdown—controlling traffic, keeping visitors away from sensitive areas, and doing repairs to rotting, collapsing boardwalks. Now none can be seen and people pretty much have the run of the place. Most people are careful and respectful, but there are others who are not.

This is an inconvenience compared to some of the pictures I have seen of our parks. I am fearful of the harm that might be caused to these national treasures.

Donald Milotte
Newburyport, Mass.

My husband is a Customs and Border Protection Canine Officer at Logan Airport in Boston. He has been going to work every day, not knowing when he is going to get paid. He had scheduled “use or lose” vacation during the week of Christmas, and had to go to work because all vacations were cancelled. At the same time, my mother was at the end of her life in a hospital in New Hampshire, but he was forced to go to work. We are now planning her funeral and we don’t know when he is going to get paid. People have offered us help, but my husband is not the kind to take help from others. He is the one who always is there to help others when they are in need. He is proud of the work that he does, the paycheck that he brings home, and the family that he supports. He has never been late paying a bill in his life. He doesn’t want help from strangers, he just wants to do his job and get paid.  These aren’t the people who should be the pawns in this ridiculous game that both sides of the government are playing. I am a Democrat, but I’m not very proud of my party right now either. Just come up with a compromise, please. And, by the way, a wall is not the only answer.  The answer is a combination of multiple things including a wall structure, updated technology, enforcement to track down people overstaying their visas, more officers, etc.

More Info: theatlantic.com

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