The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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October 15, 2013

Shutdown misery across the country



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.


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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