What do Schuylkill residents think about the shutdown?
Majority polled don’t cast blame
STAFF WRITER POTTSVILLE — Mike Neidlinger doesn’t see the federal government shutdown ending soon.
“It’s going to keep going,” Neidlinger, 41, of Pottsville, said Sunday outside of Boyer’s Food Market.
A registered Republican, Neidlinger said it could last three to six months. He doesn’t blame anyone for the shutdown that started Dec. 22. It was on its 23rd day Sunday, the longest in U. S. history. The central sticking point of the shutdown is a fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over funding for a wall on the U. S.- Mexico border. Federal agencies have curtailed services and approximately 800,000 federal workers missed their paychecks.
Neidlinger didn’t mince words when he talked about gridlock.
“It’s a pissing match. One side wants to make the other side look bad,” he said.
Neidlinger said the Republicans and Democrats are “not playing nice together.” He thinks the wall is a good idea.
“Building the wall is something that should have been done a long time ago” to curtail the flow of drugs and those crossing the border illegally, he said.
Both sides must come to a compromise for there to be progress.
“The only solution is everybody has to get something they want,” he said.
Lexi Hoover, 20, of Minersville, and Cordell Whalen, 20, of Minersville, were surprised the shutdown is still going on and that it started in the first place, especially since it was so close to the holiday.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to shut down the government like they are right now,” Hoover said.
Both said they didn’t blame anyone specifically for the closure, but said compromise is needed.
Matthew Haslam, 26, of Minersville, who is registered Independent, blames Trump.
“It is the stupidest thing ever,” he said.
Government is needed to provide services that people need, to protect the public and fulfill other obligations, Haslam said.
Like Neidlinger, he doesn’t see an end in sight to the shutdown.
“I think it will probably go on as long as Trump needs it go on for, as long as he wants it to,” Haslam said.
Haslam believes Trump does not care about the people who are affected.
“He doesn’t care about Americans in the slightest. These people ( federal workers) are struggling. They are day- to- day workers that go paycheck to paycheck,” he said.
Haslam said Trump will “make some sort of deal” to end the shutdown, although he didn’t say what that might be.
Anthony Martin ,39, of Schuylkill Haven, said the federal workers could be experiencing financial struggles because of not getting paid.
“I think it’s unfair to the workers. It strains the family,” he said.
The registered Republican said he isn’t surprised at the impasse because “Trump’s stubborn.” Martin said he appreciates the way Trump takes a stand for what he believes in.
Martin said he doesn’t blame anyone for the shutdown, and cooler heads will prevail eventually to reopen the government.
“Nobody’s at fault. We’ve just got to deal with it,” he said. contact the writer: amarchi[email protected] republicanherald. com; 570- 628- 6028
From top left, Lexi Hoover, Minersville, Cordell Whalen, Minersville, and Anthony Martin, Schuylkill Haven, talk about the government shutdown Sunday. The shutdown reached 23 days on Sunday, the longest in U. S. history.