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CLOSED: Blame the shutdown

October 4, 2013

When Williamstown resident Becky Gallaher looks across Waverly Road at the Ohio River Islands Wildlife Refuge, she can tell something is different....

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Oct-04-13 7:20 AM

Why would a boat ramp be closed except for someone to make a political point? Closing a boat ramp make ZERO sense.

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Oct-04-13 7:31 AM

BeRight you are 100% correct!! I could understand if there were employees there to let you in or out, but it's a BOAT RAMP. There is no staff on hand. Why on earth would that have to be closed? It's all smoke and mirrors. By they way, I saw 2 squirrels in a tree this morning, I guess they didn't hear the forest is closed....

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Oct-04-13 7:52 AM

Why should they go to the table and have an adult conversation with a bunch of people are acting recklessly and not supporting what the majority have expressed that they want and the supreme court has upheld? The conversation is over. Stop throwing fits, focus on all the other issues and switch to decaf tea. They would probably be surprised how many republicans might come back if they would just stop this belligerence and far right association.

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Oct-04-13 8:43 AM

Since there are enough votes right now to re-open the government but Boehner won't let a vote take place who would you say is to blame for this whole ridiculous grandstanding performance? It is a law no more discussion, rethuglicans pull up your big girl panties and move on.

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Oct-04-13 9:34 AM

bwc511, First and foremost the "majority" of people have never wanted Obamacare. That is simply not a factual statement on your part. Now on to why the government is shut down and who is to blame. Pres. Obama delayed much of the provisions in the health care law already. One major thing is the employer mandate. All the House is asking is that the individual mandate be pushed back as well. That has been met with the left saying that it is all or nothing. They are the ones not willing to compromise. The right has moved off of complete defunding to a position of the timetable being pushed back. That is called compromise and how government is to work. Just so you know, in previous govt. shutdowns, the things that the left has deemed to be closed were not closed. So it appears that you need to get your facts straight and quit blindly following.

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Oct-04-13 9:36 AM

One more thing about the individual mandate. Since the first of the month, when the exchanges opened, people have been sent to empty buildings, social security numbers have been made public, and many people have not been able to sign up. The system has MAJOR flaws. Seems to me that more time is exactly what is needed because the government is not ready and there are way too many bugs in the system.

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Oct-04-13 9:42 AM

Do away with public office retirement funds and holding any public office for more than one term......this BS wouldn't be happening.

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Oct-04-13 10:06 AM

I wish I could close the doors of my business and still get paid, put into retirement and keep my health insurance.

Congress has it made.

We need term limits and to not vote for any incumbent in the next election. They want to send a message, maybe we should too.

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Oct-04-13 10:21 AM

I love it when people disagree with actual facts. lol Go bury your head back in the sand.

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Oct-04-13 10:27 AM

I'm sure Obama PERSONALLY said to close the boat ramp! :-D Hrider: have you ever worked with a new computer system/program, especially one that millions are trying to gain access at the same time? Apparently not. Why would the President and Dems agree to negotiate about any part of the Affordable Health Care Act? It's law...even the Supreme Court said so. Give it a chance and if it's not working, THEN make needed changes.

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Oct-04-13 10:42 AM

The republicans didn't just want the individual mandate pushed back, they wanted the whole thing defunded. And they only want anything pushed back so they can keep attacking it wasting more taxpayer money.

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Oct-04-13 10:44 AM

I think this is hysterical. For almost 6 (six) years the "R's" have stonewalled/delayed/killed/chopped and blocked everything and now,finally, it is happening to them! So, how do you like it now!!! What needs "shut down" is the House!

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Oct-04-13 11:01 AM

the White House is pleased to report the very first success of the Affordable Care Act! it is the sudden reversal of amnesia by the first lady Michelle Obama and it could not have come at a more precipitous moment, just when her husband and the democrats need a lifeline for the program that will be fleecing the american people for years to come. as reported in a yahoo news headline: "In a passionate plea for the Affordable Care Act, the first lady recalls a "terrifying" trip to the ER with daughter Sasha." sorry folks.... a quick update: it has been discovered that she has not signed up for the Affordable Care Act and will never need to sign up for the "law" that commonly bears her husbands name. be advised amnesia may be instituted as needed.

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Oct-04-13 11:02 AM

swilson60, they have had three years to get this right. Quit making excuses. I hardly thing most new computer programs give out peoples personal information.

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Oct-04-13 11:06 AM

The order to close anything and everything deemed "non-essential" around the country came directly from the White House orders. This was to include "high visibility" govt owned facilities whether or not they required personnel to monitor or function. That is why the boat ramp is closed.

It is certainly a political move to be used against Republicans as has been done by the president and Harry Reid daily, blaming the republicans, tea party members- anyone NOT a liberal Democrat.

We do have local politicians who can bypass this mandate from Barack and leave some of these facilities open like the boat ramp.

They are, evidently, towing the party line for their boss!

Thanks Matthews and Mullen!!

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Oct-04-13 11:13 AM

What do you want to be to bet that Johnson and Portman are donating their salaries to the TEA radical group? After all, it's a tax exempt charity thanks to Republicans.

They will have their comeuppance in 2014, in fact, I think every one of the TEA candidates will be tossed out, as well they should be.

Help4, I agree. But there are no big girl panties to pull up for the Rethuglicans since they're about 97% male, unless of course they are cross- dressing. What a bunch of cry-baby, temper-tantrum-throwing, immature, bullies!

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Oct-04-13 11:21 AM

Tessie, since when did following the Constitution become a radical idea? Also, exactly how did the GOP give and exemption to the Tea Party? Is the GOP in charge of the IRS now? The level of ignorance on this is astounding.

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Oct-04-13 11:21 AM

Hmmm please don't count me in for this new so called law that a bunch of idiots voted in with out rading it completely and espeacialy with out understanding it! Get off your cool-ade and wake up! since it has shut down the government maybe a vote before the people should be done to decide!

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Oct-04-13 11:29 AM

The White House has deemed what to close. It is that simple. Go back and look at what was shuttered during previous shut downs. You may be surprised. It is very to sad to see so many people being led around by nose on this due to the propaganda being put out. Please learn to think for yourself and actually go out and look up the information.

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Oct-04-13 11:32 AM

The Democrats always talk about how they are doing the will of the people. Well, every poll done, even liberal CNN polls, show clearly that a huge majority of "the people" don't want this law at all, don't want congressmen and women and their staff exempted, want the president and congress to have to sign up for it and they want a number of things the Republicans are pushing for. The Republicans want people to have their own HSA accounts to pay their healthcare bills out of, they want people to be able to buy health insurance over state lines and they want to encourage preventive care. The Dems are against ALL of these things...WHY?? Seems like Barry and Harry are not being honest. But, blame it all on the tea party group! That's the easy way out of the debate based on facts!

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Oct-04-13 11:34 AM

It was just announced that the President will veto any bill that does not have everything he wants. The Senate refuses to consider any piece meal bill. Someone please explain to me how it is the R's fault? It is called compromise people. I can't wait til the R's control everything and you people squall if they won't budge. It is time for intellectual honesty.

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Oct-04-13 11:43 AM

Tessie, good morning. i am certain you are aware that the "Tea Party" is not a real political party. it is a movement that is based on ideals that are/will be used to promote a particular social welfare direction. the application for 501c4 tax-exempt classification was really no different than any progressive/liberal "social welfare" group in that both use their actions to move forward an agenda. since our society is ultimately controlled by our lawmakers, political activities whether outright or subversive are utilized by both. please see definition for clarification :501(c)(4) These are civic leagues, social welfare organizations, and local associations of employees. They promote community welfare, charitable, education or recreational goals. They apply using IRS Form 1024. the key word is "promote". i have to compliment you in that you demmies sure have elevated name-calling to an art form. btw.... not all cross-dressers wear panties. ;-)

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Oct-04-13 12:28 PM

I beg to differ South... It is a political party. He!!, even they decribe themselves with the word party.

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Oct-04-13 12:57 PM

bwc511, good afternoon and i trust you are well. differences of opinion often lead to great conversations. sometimes we even stumble into great learning experiences. i will respecfully ask you if during the last election you were offered a select-all button labeled "Tea-Party" when you entered the polling booth? i certainly saw one for Democrat and Republican. i do not recall if there was one for Independent or not. maybe one of our Independent supporters can chime in for the answer. i do recall that you could have a write-in as a choice. now maybe they aspire to be a recognized and legitimate political party, but as of yet they are described as grassroots movement. there are also several groups that claim a variation of "tea" in their names. a group (Tea-Party) of like-minded individuals that lend support to a particular candidate(s) is no different that say the AARP or NAACP sending our their list of candidates to endorse. would you not agree? i can call myself a

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Oct-04-13 12:58 PM

saint...but that does not mean i am. ;-)

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