Shutdown has great impact

To the editor:

The Jan. 23 issue of the Gazette ran a headline: “Shutdown has slight CC impact.”

Hello? The main part of the article talked about licensing problems for a local brewer, and that there is no real general problem with the shutdown.

May I respectfully remind you that we have two national parks, Isle Royale and the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the latter of which is also affiliated with 22 Heritage Sites located in the four-county area.

Let’s not forget the US Forest Service and its staff all of whom are at present out of work.

Last, but certainly not least, in our US Coast Guard, and whether or not we realize it, Lake Superior is an international boundary water between us and a foreign country, and in the event of a boarding or shipping disaster, these dedicated C.G. personnel are there to the rescue.

I take great issue to the statement that the (Trump) shutdown has “slight” impact. This foolish and vindictive action by our chief executive affects us all, one way or another, and the residual costs will be with us for a l-o-n-g time.

There are other ways of getting what one wants without involving thousands of other people. Words cannot express my disdain for Mitch McConnell and the other toadies who have followed the president’s ruinous pattern of so-called leadership.

Bruce H. Johanson


Editor’s Note: We do not require reminders of the national parks here or the Coast Guard station in Dollar Bay, considering we have done recent stories on how the shutdown is impacting them. In fact, that is why the headline stated the shutdown had some impact here, although it was not found in the Jan. 23 story.