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Your Views: Shutdown is hurtful to children in Hall County
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My conscience will not permit me to sit this one out; mere silence would make me as guilty as they are. I refer to Congress, specifically the U.S. House of Representatives. The American people are not toys to manipulate at will. They were elected to do a job, not play some sort of Russian roulette game with the lives, well-being and futures of American citizens.

If they were being graded on performance, like my fellow educators and me, they would receive failing grades. How ironic they would support pay-for-performance for teachers — who might not agree with their principals, or agree with all the rules they must follow, or who might question curriculum or teaching methods or testing requirements, etc. — yet they seem clueless as to what the country expects of their paid performances as our elected officials.

“You win!” Is this what they want to hear? Do they know what that looks like locally? Let me give you an example right here in Hall County: I teach preschool special education to students who attend Head Start at the Butler Center, with an enrollment of more than 200 children. At the close of school Friday, the building closed. Children will no longer be allowed to come to school to learn.

Students who live in both Gainesville City and Hall County will be affected. Many will go hungry. Parents who count on the school for child care will not be able to work. In turn, bills will go unpaid. Teachers will go unpaid. Unpaid bills will accrue. More families will despair all because America is held hostage.

Ancient scriptures warn, “Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.” (Ezekiel 22:27.) This sounds all too familiar for my taste.

Stop this madness.

Lora Cooley

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