Glenn B. Greet drove out of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base gates Tuesday not knowing when he and thousands of his co-workers would return or if they would be paid as a federal government shutdown began its first full day.
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What others said:
• Allen Miller of Huber Heights, who is retired from the U.S. Army and the U.S. Postal Service: “This shutdown is just terrible. There is no reason for it.Politics. That’s the art of compromise. Nobody wants to compromise. Not the democrats. Not the republicans. So, we’re going to shut the government down? We’re at war and all these department of defense workers can’t go to work. How do you support your military? How do you make sure the equipment they get is what they are supposed to be getting and it’s in good shape, if you don’t have the people out there inspecting it?”
Jeff Snodgrass of Riverside, retired from the U.S. Army: “The way I look at it, if all these people would get together, they are supposed to be intelligent people, and come up with a solution and get rid of whatever they are bickering about - Obamacare and this, that and the other - and get their head on straight and do what’s good for the American people. Not for what’s good for them.”
• Dennis and Sharon DeLisle of Morgan Hill, Calif. are on vacation and stopped in Dayton Tuesday. The couple didn’t get to see everything they wanted to see due to the fact that the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center, 16 S. Williams St. “When our President won’t even talk to Congress, it just really bothers me. I would consider myself more fiscally conservative. I’m an accountant by nature. There are ways to work this out. You have to compromise both ways,” Dennis DeLisle said.
John Wright of Moraine: “It’s a shame federal workers won’t be getting paid, but the people we elected will be getting their fat paychecks.”
— Kelli Wynn
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