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Citizens react to federal shutdown

Government closure creates hardships, anger among locals


The shutdown of the federal government has entered its second week, and there is still no end in sight. Republicans and Democrats continue to hold their ground, each blaming the other and not showing any willingness to negotiate.

In the wake of the ongoing crisis, citizens and public officials around the area are expressing a variety of viewpoints on the situation and, in some cases, becoming alarmed.

As the impasse in Washington, D.C., continues to boil, the Hillsboro Tribune spoke at random to a handful of residents in Hillsboro and Forest Grove and a visiting elected official — Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was at Pacific University in Forest Grove on Monday — to get their thoughts on the shutdown and its impacts.

Kate Brown

Oregon Secretary of State

Kate Brown

“This is going to have an impact on Oregon’s economy — there’s no other way to say it. This cannot go on. This is absolutely unacceptable. If the president blinks now, this hostage-taking will happen over and over again. Congress needs to pass the continuing resolution. Figure it out, you guys.”

Joe Chavez

U.S. Forest Service employee

Cle Elum, Wash.

Joe Chavez

“I’ve been furloughed, and the guys on my crew are in the same boat. We don’t know when we’ll get back to work. It has impacted a lot of people. It’s unnecessary. I think both sides are being stubborn. They are not willing to compromise.”

Vic Robinson

Owner, Vic’s Guitar Cave

Forest Grove

Vic Robinson

“I am a conservative, but I don’t like what’s going on. When I look at that $17 trillion, $18 trillion debt, I’d go independent in a heartbeat if they don’t straighten that out. But the man in the White House, when he points his finger, there are three fingers pointing back at him.”

Heather Blackwell

Administrative specialist, Washington County Veterans Services

Hillsboro

Heather Blackwell

“I work at a government job tied to the federal government, and the work we’re doing has come to a standstill. So many people are worried, and their claims are on hold. People are living day to day and have nowhere else to turn. The Republicans usually get blamed, but on this, both parties are at fault.”

Christine Turenne

Retired

Cedar Mill

Christine Turenne

“The Republican Party holds the most responsibility for the shutdown. I live on a disability paycheck, and I know how important it is. This is a political power play. It’s a shame we’re the only industrialized country that didn’t provide health care for all our citizens. It would benefit the country if we did have health care, and it was shown it could help lower the deficit.”

Sue Currier

Retired

Hillsboro

Sue Currier

“Congress has no problem shutting down the government, but they’re still getting paid. They want to criticize President Obama about Obamacare, but they have insurance. I have no respect for Congress right now. It’s a bunch of stupid children pointing fingers at each other. That’s not what they are getting paid for. If they can’t figure this out, get them out of there and start over.”



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