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MY TURN: Government shutdown

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(WMC-TV) - And so the federal government is shutdown. If we could all pick which part of the federal government that we would like to see shut down, that might not be such a bad thing, but that's not the way it works.

The leaders of our nation are behaving childishly, and ultimately, in a way that will hurt many people. You've seen some of the people who are being affected profiled on our newscasts the last few days.

In many cases, the people who will be hurt the worst are those who have the least. The randomness of the impacts of this shutdown prove what a poor idea it is.

Here in the Mid-South, people will be hurt who are federal workers, those on the nutrition program for women, infants, and children, people who are trying to buy homes using FHA loans, military personnel and those who want to visit federal parks and museums.

Our elected leaders in Washington may think they're standing on principle, but I think they're standing on very shaky ground. Shutting down the government is not the job we hired them to do.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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