Re "Parks closed, staff idled with no dent in deadlock" (Page A1, Oct. 2): While I appreciate Rep. Tom McClintock's remarks on the House floor on the importance of Yosemite National Park to our local economy, words are not enough. We need action. We need leadership.
As a small business owner dependent on tourism from Yosemite, at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, I cannot sit idly by and allow politics and D.C. posturing to ruin my business and the lives of my employees.
Whether you agree or disagree with Obamacare, this should not be on the table when discussing the government shutdown. Mr. McClintock needs to put political gamesmanship aside and fund the federal government.
Our community is suffering without this beautiful park open, but a patchwork fix is not the answer. Open the entire government and the vital services that help our economy and fellow Americans. More importantly act like responsible leaders and do the people's work as we sent you to Washington to do.
-- Douglas Shaw, Midpines