Local Opinions About Federal Government Shutdown

Oct 11, 2013

As the federal government shutdown continues into its second week, people across the country are expressing their concerns. 

The coffee shop is a natural meeting point for conversation and debate, and Starbucks is taking advantage of this by offering a petition for people to sign. It calls for a bipartisan end the shutdown.

Kate Althoff, a self-described “professional volunteer,” said she is tired of the situation and believes others share her worry.

"I feel frustrated, and I think a lot of other people are moving from frustration to concern. And what impact it is going to have on our economy and how the world views the U.S.," said Althoff.

Sitting nearby, Becky Skudin said she is among those who have been personally impacted.

"It not only affects me, it affects my family. I have a son-in-law that's in the army, overseas.  So I'd very much like to see it reopened because it affects his family, my daughter, and their children," said Skudin. 

Local business owner Marlon Haynes says it’s impacted his cleaning businesses and he "had one contract he had to furlough workers on with the Air Force Base." He went on to say he hopes, "the leaders will figure out that the government shutdown is affecting real citizens." 

Haynes says he hopes the government can be fully reopened as soon as possible.