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October 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Government closed leaves thousands without work

Congress should take the hit Members of Congress who have caused the partial shutdown of the government should take the hit too. I would like to see their pay withheld until they agree on a budget. [“Obama, GOP meet; no one budges,” page one, Oct. 3]. Of course this would be symbolic, as many of them are…

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September 24, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Obamacare opinions split along party lines

No free ride Carol Sterling rejects Obamacare because she doesn’t “agree with the flippin’ government telling me we have to do something.” [“Insuring Health: Coming changes polarize state,” page one, Sept. 22.] The problem with such an attitude is that, if and when she gets sick or has an accident, she will end up at Harborview…

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Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, federal government, health insurance

September 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Potential government shutdown

A modest proposal If the House and Senate fail, yet again, to do their job, and the federal government shuts down Oct. 1, I have a proposal. [“Leaders bicker, shutdown looms,” page one, Sept. 21.] As of Oct. 1, every member of the House and Senate, and all of their staff, should cease receiving all pay,…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: Congress, federal government, government shutdown