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10/16/2013 9:29:00 AM
Residents speak about shutdown
Top row, Neil Thomas and Dave Mazy; Bottom row, Dr. Frank M. Nelson, Jerry B. Thomas and Sharon Walker
Top row, Neil Thomas and Dave Mazy; Bottom row, Dr. Frank M. Nelson, Jerry B. Thomas and Sharon Walker

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer


Many people have been affected and worried about their future and the future of the country during the current government shutdown. Here are a few opinions from some local residents.



Neil Thomas, a business consultant, has this to say, "This proves that we have too big of a government, because there are whole departments that nobody even knows are shut down. I am absolutely aghast at the arrogance of some of the people in power, who will not allow World War II vets to visit an open air memorial, but will allow an immigration rally. As for a solution, I think Obama should get down off his throne and talk to congress."



Dave Mazy a long time gun shop owner in Chino Valley says; "As far as the shut down effecting me, it isn't drastic yet, although I have a lot of customers who are government employees and as time goes on it might.

I think we need to do anything that we have to do to stop the implementation of Obama Care. The system wasn't broken and all they've done is to greatly increase our cost for medical care. It boils down to a matter of more control of our daily lives."

Doctor Frank M. Nelson, a new dentist here in Chino Valley (Country Road Dental) has this to say about our government shutdown.

"This shutdown is no different than others we've had. The only difference now is that the president is unwilling to negotiate. It really saddens me, because innocent people are being hurt because of political games. The problem with Obama care as a health care provider is that we are implementing something very few people understand. After it was determined to be legal by the Supreme court, they unilaterally made changes that benefited special interest groups.

As a small business man my insurance premiums have sky rocketed. The insurance companies are the winners!"

Jerry B. Thomas is a Certified Legal Document preparer and gave her opinion of the shut down.

I think it's political posturing on both sides. It's a tug of war to see who wins. They are trying to pressure the citizens into contacting our representatives to get them to settle the budget issues.

Sharon Walker a Paulden resident says; "This isn't about party lines, it's about a President who imposes his idealisms on the people. It's about standing up and saying No More! We voters can't afford to have a president spend our taxes with no real vision of the burden he's putting on our future. As for closing monuments and parks, excuse me but 'we the people' own them. They are paid from our taxes and are not Obama's. So who is holding what hostage?


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