Re: ‘Furlough isn’t the end of the world’ (Metro, Oct. 17)
Letter writer Stanley Gnoza’s request that furloughed workers, who will be compensated for their lost wages, instead lose their vacation time, is misguided. Did they choose to be ordered home without pay by a government unable to function? This is as ridiculous as asking government workers to forgo health benefits, in order to increase the burden on the Affordable Care Act, which is designed to benefit those with no insurance, not to deprive people of the benefits they have. If “taxpayers” aren’t happy with the shenanigans, they have a ready legal response: Vote for better representatives.
Shawn Hill, via email
I take exception to the notion that the furloughed workers should be “fair” to the taxpayers and “charge their vacation time for the days out of work.” These government employees did not ask for the furlough; they were forced to take it and probably worried about the length of the furlough and if the government-hating House was even going to approve the back pay. The taxpayers should get a break by shutting down the congressional gym.
Mary Norcross, via email
Mr. Gnoza, you must not know any federal employees or about the dynamics of household income. Everyone spends what they bring in, if not more. If someone loses an income, they will miss all sorts of payments. These employees have not chosen to not go to work, but are dealing with the unfortunate outcomes. You suggest that because the government shuts down, an employee should miss a wedding or a scheduled trip with their family, due to no fault of their own? I am sure if you were a federal employee, your opinion would be different.
Steve Austin, via email