The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 17, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-17 | Don't play with debt ceiling limits


JOHNSTOWN — Gov’t. shutdown is ridiculous

What do we think of this government shutdown? What is it? Are our politicians a bunch of children who cannot get along? A government shutdown? Doesn’t this sound ridiculous? It certainly does to me.

Well, our politicians, whether they are Democrats, Republicans or independents, should get their act together and start really working for the people instead of being a bunch of children who want to argue specific points while the government is supposedly shutting down, while they are hiring people to block citizens from going into national parks, museums and other places.

Where is that money coming from to pay those people? Yet we are being shut down? Our military personal are not getting paid.

How long are we the people going to put up with this? We know that the government shutdown is a staged event by a bunch of squabbling children.

Maybe it’s time that somebody shed some light on this and stop this insanity.

John A. DeBartola


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