I have noted, of late, the hue and cry and much gnashing of teeth, concerning the government shutdown written in your publication.

Yet, strangely, I’ve seen no planes falling from the sky. I’ve seen police, emergency medical services, mail delivery and the posture and readiness of my son, his colleagues and countless other sons and daughters serving in the armed forces continue in their jobs unimpeded.

I’ve seen hard-working, proud people still going to work, every day, day after day, without complaint. I’ve seen 80- and 90-year-old veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima, Tarawa and Okinawa swat aside barriers to their monument as they would a bothersome black fly.

Yet, I’m continually bombarded with the shrill, incessant verbiage about how terrible this all is. Could it be, just possibly, that “non-essential” is just a nice way of saying “superfluous”?

Bill Rodriguez, Readfield


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