Monday | January 16, 2017
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Letters 10-3-13

Congress shouldn’t be paid during shutdown

At least 800,000 people were not able to go to their jobs Tuesday because of the government shutdown. Yet Congress goes on getting paid with full — and free, for them — benefits, and lots of vacation time.

Some have said they will donate their salary to charity. I’m sure that’s because they can afford it, unlike the other 800,000 out-of-work federal employees.

I have said this before: If Congress can’t do its job, it should not get paid. Period. That’s how most jobs work.

How come they continue to get paid when they won’t even work for the good of the country? When they grow up and start learning to get along, and when they remember they are there because “of the people, by the people, for the people,” then their salary can be considered for reinstatement. And not retroactively, either.

Tamara Jean McCorquodale

Ocean View

President, Congress need to work together

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

I don’t know about anybody else, but I am so tired of hearing our president, senators and representatives point the finger at someone else for not solving issues in Washington.

If they can’t come to an agreement maybe they should hire a mediator out of their own salaries to teach them how to work together for the good of the nation.

Sue Moss