‘CAR­MEN’ RE­TURNS

Miami Herald - - WORLD | DEATHS -

SHUT­DOWN MEM­ORY

In the late 1970s, I worked for the Depart­ment of La­bor. The gov­ern­ment was shut down, and I did not re­ceive a pay check. My hus­band and I were liv­ing pay­check to pay­check at that time. I did not know how I would pay bills or buy food. To this day, I re­mem­ber the anx­i­ety and fear the shut­down caused and I can imag­ine what the gov­ern­ment work­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same thing to­day are go­ing through. This is un­con­scionable.

Elected lead­ers’ in­abil­ity to com­pro­mise has led to the long­est gov­ern­ment shut­down in U.S. his­tory. I am proud of my work as a fed­eral em­ployee in ser­vice to the coun­try I love.

Fed­eral work­ers na­tion­wide are forced to stay at home and wait for the gov­ern­ment to re­open. They are no longer able to pro­vide the ser­vices on which Amer­i­cans rely.

Mid­dle-class fed­eral work­ers and their fam­i­lies are stretch­ing their pen­nies un­til the shut­down is over. Even though pay will be re­stored even­tu­ally, bills still ar­rive on time even if pay­checks don’t, and many fed­eral em­ploy­ees are be­ing forced to make dif­fi­cult and un­nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions to make ends meet.

Leg­is­la­tors in Con­gress and the pres­i­dent need to stop play­ing po­lit­i­cal games with gov­ern­ment ser­vices and those who pro­vide them. We are in the midst of a cri­sis, and our lead­ers must work to promptly re­open the gov­ern­ment.

– Car­olyn Klein, Boca Ra­ton

It was ex­cit­ing to read the Jan. 9 Her­ald ar­ti­cle “Where is Car­men Sandiego? In Mi­ami, where ac­tress Gina Ro­driguez vis­its with stu­dents.” It brought back won­der­ful child­hood mem­o­ries.

I am so glad to learn that Car­men Sandiego is com­ing back as a Net­flix show

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