Tonawanda News — Shut down
Because I don’t really know all the “ins and outs” and “he said, she said,” details of the present government shutdown, but having read all that’s available, biased and unbiased, there are a couple of things that really don’t make sense.
First, the fact that Congressmen continue to get paid and that employees laid off or furloughed in these weeks will get back pay when the stupidity in Washington gets back on track. (For a better understanding of this, reread Eric Duvall’s column from last Sunday — clear and concise.) The worst are the Congressmen, who in so many instances have lucrative law firms back home. Seems to me if they have any compassion for their constituents, they would take their pay and donate it to worthy causes or give it to the United Way which would spread this bonus to all organizations that seek its help. If these men and women were our children, we’d put them in a room without food and with wooden folding chairs and make them stay until they worked out their problems. In Washington, and in some districts in this state, the politicians “work” Tuesday through Thursday, then take a plane home (at our expense) for the weekend, going back on Monday.
But Eric’s column is right: When November comes, they will all be voted back in, after all, our representatives are “good.”
PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization which works to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, is putting the finishing touches on the nation’s largest free hotel for short-term stay for veterans undergoing medical care. The Defenders Lodge in Alexandria, Va., will officially open in January.
“For years, veterans and service members getting treatment at a major VA hospital struggled to find an affordable and comfortable place to stay,” said Col. (Ret.) Robert Siegert, chairman of the PenFed Foundation board. “Now they’ll have a brand new, handicapped-accessible hotel with state-of-the-art amenities. And the best part is it’s free for them and their caregivers.”