Si­lence from Demo­cratic lead­ers

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Opinion -

A cou­ple of weeks ago I wrote the pres­i­dent and Rep. Salud Car­ba­jal and Sens. Dianne Fe­in­stein and Ka­mala Har­ris about the press­ing need to work to­gether to re­solve the gov­ern­ment shut­down. My daugh­ter's hus­band is in the Coast Guard and is de­ployed to Bahrain, just across from Iran.

She and her three lit­tle girls live in Wash­ing­ton state. Fi­nances for mil­i­tary mem­bers are al­ways tight, and here there is an­other pay pe­riod about to be missed! Within a day or two I heard back from the White House, but I have not re­ceived even a courtesy “thank you for your let­ter” re­sponse from the rest.

This is frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing. That these peo­ple would, for the sake of a sym­bolic po­lit­i­cal ges­ture (re­ally, it’s a drop in the bucket com­pared to the multi-tril­lion fed­eral bud­get) bring fi­nan­cial and emo­tional jeop­ardy to tens of thou­sands of strug­gling cit­i­zens is un­con­scionable. We should re­mem­ber this next elec­tion.

– El­iz­abeth Silva, Los Osos

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