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October 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Reader voices: Effects of the government shutdown

On Monday we asked our readers: “Have you experienced the government shutdown?” Submissions have been coming in this week. Below are a few of the responses we’ve received, showing the human impact caused by the “high drama” of shuttering government. If you would like to contribute to our coverage, enter your submission in the form at the bottom of this post.

“My husband and I both work for the EPA and were sent home Monday. We work in the Superfund program where hazardous waste cleanups are now continuing without government oversight. We’ve got money saved, but many  ‘feds’ live paycheck-to-paycheck and none of us know how long we’ll be off work or whether we’ll get paid for the time off.”
— Lynne Kershner, Seattle

Feeling the federal government shutdown here in Chimacum. Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park just canceled their large order we just washed and packed for them. Hopefully this all will be cleared up soon, for all the federal employees and programs — as well as for us lowly farmers.
— Karyn Williams, Red Dog Farm, Chimacum

Went to the McChord AFB Commissary Tuesday for regular shopping. Total madhouse. Amid signs and PA announcements that advised the Defense Commissary Agency is shutting down all stores in the continental U.S. until funding is approved by Congress. Imagine the impact of these huge stores losing all the fresh meat and produce during a forced shutdown? Plus the impact on our young enlisted personnel families losing this vital benefit?
— Ben Yount, Federal Way

I work in math advocacy and spend a lot of time on the U.S. Department of Education website finding and using education research. This is the message I got when trying to access the website: “Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.”
— Aimee Krol, Seattle

My daughter finally got a federal job last week after at least seven years trying. She has a master’s degree and has been working for little more than minimum wage as she has sought professional level work in her field. The job requires her to move to another state. Now she is in limbo about what to do concerning her current job, her move, etc. Her family has been financially struggling for years. They don’t need this added stress and confusion.
Diane Bommer, Port Townsend

I’ve had a passport appointment for two weeks that was canceled today due to the shutdown. I’m supposed to travel internationally in 3 weeks. If the government doesn’t get its act together soon, this trip I’ve been planning for so long obviously can’t happen.
Jessica Mautone, Berkeley, Calif.

My 7-year-old daughter became fascinated with Zion National Park after her best friend visited there this summer. I surprised her by organizing a backpacking trip there leaving Oct. 2, complete with hard-to-get backcountry campsite reservations, plane tickets to Vegas and a rental car. The parks shut Oct. 1; I canceled that night. I lost $350 and she cried and cried. I figure we are the lucky ones though. At least I still have a job. At least we aren’t depending on federal money for cancer research for a family member.
Brad Traum, Issaquah

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