The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 2, 2013

Tamarack visitors discuss shutdown

— With Tuesday’s government shutdown taking a massive toll on the nation, The Register-Herald took to the sidewalk at Tamarack to see what locals and out-of-state visitors had to say about the standstill:

“It’s just absolutely stupid. A few politicians are holding the whole country hostage. It’s equal to blackmail or extortion.”

— Pete Sevcik, of Asheville, N.C.

“It’s very unfortunate that a group of small-minded politicals in Washington decided to deny health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people, and in the process created difficulties and disrupted the lives of even more people.”

— a “Mr. Coy,” of Durham, N.C.

“The people of the U.S. need to start taking back America. The government is spending money left and right when we’re in a deficit. It’s pitiful.”

— Richard Adams, of Richmond, Va.

“This is all about Obamacare, and they need to hit the restart button on the whole thing.”

— Sandra Whitfield, of Beckley

“I think they spend too much money, and this has been coming up for a while.”

— Christine Cupples, of Utah

“It could have been averted if there were more compromising people. There’s people that are using politics to get their way and they’re disrupting some benefits for a lot of seniors and needy people.”

— Marty, of Catonsville, Md.

“They need to grow up and act more like adults. Quit fighting like little kindergarten children.”

— Alice Faye Altice, of Wirtz, Va.

“They need to put politics aside and do what’s right for the people of America. I don’t think it’s fair for Obama to be forcing medical care on people that cannot afford it.”

— Shelda Miller, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.

— Brandi Underwood