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Thanks where it's due - air traffic controllers

Thanks where it's due - air traffic controllers
Fears over the safety of U.S. air travel as air traffic controllers called in sick may have been the straw the broke the back of the recent government shutdown. File photo. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

It wasn’t until after the air traffic controllers started not showing up for work that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were forced to end the ludicrous government shutdown (“The shutdown is over, but federal employees can’t rest easy,” Jan. 25).

Apparently, Donald hasn’t learned anything from his mistake because he is threatening another shutdown on Feb. 15 if he doesn’t get his way. If he does initiate another shutdown, the government employees should help him shut down the government by not showing up for work. If all 800,000 government employees fail to show up for work on the first day of the shutdown, the politicians would be forced to end the shutdown and stop using the government employees as pawns in their childish political games. Furthermore, it would put an end to all future government shutdowns.

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Valentine’s Day is coming. Government workers need to be ready to prevent Donald from abusing them again.

Bernard Bartos, Ellicott City

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