GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Government Shutdown 2013: Locals react to government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The failure to find a way to fund the federal government has more than government workers worried.

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"I think they need to hurry up and make a decision and get these people back to work, because it is very important to our economy," said Suitland resident Regina Williams.

"Please get your act together, open the government back up, and then deal with your issues," added District resident Marc Bretzfelder.

Most believe that a protracted stand-off will eventually pinch people across the metro area – regardless of whether they work for the Feds.

"Every day and every hour, people's lives are being affected," said Najah Hopkins.

"I understand it's politics, but compromise is what you are all paid here for -- that is what our government is based on," said Patrick Abbe.

There is plenty of anger out there, and it is apolitical – the finger pointing is in all different directions.

"I think all of them should be taken out of office, all of their salaries taken and replaced," said Susan Dorsey of Gaithersburg.

Then, there are those who really don’t find the shutdown that big of a deal.

"To me, it's not," said District resident Joel Robinson. "I always look at it as though there is always going to be something else on the news tomorrow."

And later, on Tuesday night, there were some frustrated commuters in Rock Creek Park during rush hour.

"This is a surprise, and it is a pain," said driver Lily Thneah.

The parkway is open, but a part of Beach Drive many commuters use to get out of town towards Maryland is closed.

"That's going to be a major inconvenience for people," said District resident Glenn Zuber.

Glenn Zuber lives nearby, and came across a sign saying that part of the park itself was closed -- but many people were still using it.

The issue here is one of the many impacts the shutdown is having.

"We are in jeopardy of potentially losing a great deal of revenue from ticket sales," said Ford's Theatre Society Director, Paul Tetreault.

He woke up Tuesday morning expecting the theater to open that night for its new play, 'The Laramie Project,' but then he received a letter saying the doors would have to stay closed.

According to Tetreault, it would cost the government virtually nothing to allow the performance -- the theater was even allowed to stay open during the last shutdown in the 1990's.

"We've tried to look at this in a logical and practical manner, and if anyone was looking at it in that way, we'd have performances tonight," he said.

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