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October 9, 2013

KITCHELL: Gov't shutdown hurts the wrong people

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It’s a shame really, not just for the people whose incomes will go down this year because of egotistical, power-grabbers whose ambitions exceed their patriotism. It’s a shame because it makes the United States a laughingstock for the rest of the world to enjoy. What do you think they’re saying about us in Beijing, in Vladimir Putin’s private study, in North Korea, in Tehran, in Afghanistan?

It should matter what people are saying about us in Peoria, but it apparently doesn’t because we’ve become so cynical to accept the shenanigans of a government that sacrifices the well-being of its own people for the sake of their own political careers.

It’s time for Americans to flood the swittchboards and email files of Congress and let them know their houses are not in order and the last people who deserve to suffer for their inability to reach agreement are those who have no say in the matter.

Isn’t it ironic that we’re the country that stood up for Syrians who were victims of their government’s actions against them? Who will stand up for those 600 families affected by the Grissom cuts? Can we expect Iraqi troops to invade D.C. to help us?

No we can’t. But we also can’t let this episode in American history go by without sending a message to those who only want to capitalize on their own political ambitions and pretend no one is affected by what they’ve done.

If you’ve never sent a letter, an email or made a phone call to the House of Representatives before, today would be a good day to start doing it.

Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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