What do Schuylkill res­i­dents think about the shut­down?

Ma­jor­ity polled don’t cast blame

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By amy marchiano

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.

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