The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 15, 2013

Shutdown misery across the country

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SUNBURY —

Washington state — The sequester and shutdown are killing my company. We are a high-tech company with products that can save US DoD [Department of Defense] millions of dollars. We had 55 employees before the sequester. We have 32 now. If sequester and shutdown continue much longer, we will be forced to shut down ourselves.

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No effect

Even some who said the shutdown does not affect them personally are concerned about their neighbors. Others said the shutdown demonstrates government's uselessness.

Virginia — I work for a private university in DC and it is being affected in various ways but my job is not in danger. My roommate works for the DoD and was furloughed for a week but went back after a week. The only difference to me is positive — the Metro is less crowded and I can find a seat now.

Louisiana — It has not affected me yet. But I work for a library system which depends on federal funding for some of the services we are able to provide. Any reduction in these services will have a negative impact on my hard-working, but poor people in this community.

Wisconsin — So far [it has not affected me] because I live in rural isolation. But for those not in the woods or wilderness, the impact can be harsh.

District of Columbia — I was unemployed and on welfare for three years and finally became a fed. I am now furloughed. This has been mentally horrific. It reminds me of being unemployed. I still owe taxes from last year and am barely getting by. I just want to work.

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