Ann Humphrey ponders the affects of being furloughed from her government job, as she stands outside of her Lakewood residence on Oct. 8.
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As hard as Vic Vela tried to get the reader to weep crocodile tears for Ann Humphrey (Fed Shutdown Puts Lives in Limbo), he failed miserably with me. The article states that Ms. Humphrey has worked for the federal government for 25 years. Since there has been a total of 17 shutdowns over the last few decades, surely this is not the first time she has experienced this. And unlike most Americans who are furloughed and/or laid off, she will get paid for all those days off. I can certainly relate to her financial woes, however, as I too have struggled over the last five years. My savings account, which was once at a quite healthy level, has been decimated, and my debts have increased substantially, thanks to ever higher taxes, insurance, and inflation. And now with the heavy-handed interference of the almighty government in an area of the economy it has no business getting involved in, my bank account is going to suffer even more. The sad thing is, there is no hope for a “brighter tomorrow,” anytime soon, at least not while Ed Perlmutter and Barak Obama remain in their respective offices, maintaining a command and control approach to governing. They are full of pity for government workers who were given a 2-week break from work but couldn’t care less about those millions of Americans who have lost or are losing their jobs thanks to the (Un)Affordable Care Act, which is a disaster through and through. Instead of having the integrity to admit that, they continue to FORCE this piece of garbage down the throats of hardworking Americans who are already struggling due to these politicians’ overspending and failed policies, while, of course, exempting themselves from it.
It saddens me to see that "community" news people have joined with their conglomerate brethren by choosing to slant news stories to fit their own agendas. This front page article regarding the federal government shutdown by its headline alone slants the facts ... now all lives were put in limbo by the shutdown ... in fact I know many who have functioned quite normally during this time. More importantly, however, while Ms. Humphrey may be a perfectly nice, hard working person, I question how she could have worked in the federal system for 25 years without having accumulated any savings? I faced the same dilemma after working in the private sector for about the same time and had luckily saved enough to get by for well over three months (Thankfully my layoff didn't last three months.)
The real problem with this article is that the reporter didn't seek any government workers who were still at the office and chose to insert his own belief that "... House Republicans" were "stinging from national poll numbers ..." His reported quotes from House Republican Gardner" suggest that the one House Republican he spoke with wasn't stinging, highlighting the personal bias the reporter had inserted into the story.
Please, editors, strip from your pages the taint that reporters or headline writers have purposefully or inadvertently inserted into an article due to their personal biases, and guard against selecting story subjects based on your opinions. It will make the Sentinel's pages far more informative and less of a political handbill.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.
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